Author Archives: Allan Sand

(BSC) Billiard Skills Challenge - OB Speed Control (straight), cross side (Intermediate) Test Group

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Billiards Skills Competition Training Program

Here is Today's Test Group Challenge from the book. This progressive set develops personal confidence when similar shots come up during competition - and define Comfort Zone limitations.

PURPOSE:  From the setup, shoot Cue Ball into Object Ball and roll the Object Ball into the target zone.

This is the Object Ball Speed Control (straight), cross side (Intermediate ) Test Group . There is also an Advanced Test Group. Continue reading

(D&E) Drills & Exercises - Double Groups (side pockets) Runout Game, version 2 of 4

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This progressive exercise to improve your playing skills is in the book Drills & Exercises for Pool & Pocket Billiards.

Purpose: Runout all the balls on the table. Decide the sequence before running the balls. Any failure, reset balls and start again. Continue reading

(D&E) Drills & Exercises - Double 3 Ball Runout Game (diagonal), version 3 of 4

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This progressive exercise to improve your playing skills is in the book Drills & Exercises for Pool & Pocket Billiards.

Purpose: Runout all the balls on the table. Set the sequence before running the balls. Any failure, reset balls and start again. Continue reading

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 7, Set 10

Cue Ball Control Cheat Sheets

This is today's set of Cue Ball Cheats. These practice setups (and others in the book and blog) help you learn HOW to apply an exact speed and spin. That precision is how to get perfect shape on the second ball - and how to string a run together. For these layouts here are the Cheats for this post:

  • Cheat: 1:00, (1/2 ball hit), Soft 3 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:00, (1/2 ball hit), Medium 2 speed.
    1:30, (1/2 ball hit), Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 10:30, (1/2 ball hit), Medium 2 speed.

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - How to Train Your Analytical Mind

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

This is today's bit of advice from the book Safety Toolbox.

Being able to make choices with successful outcomes requires a lot of brain work and practice. Among top players, pool has been compared to chess. A player must consider hundreds of options and choices before selecting a single shot. A poor decision in the early-game can cause a loss. Continue reading

(FAQ) What makes a smooth stroke?

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A good stroke implies following a complete shot routine. The routine begins once a commitment to the shot selection is made. Continue reading

(FAQ) What is Gamesmanship & Sharking?

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Random House Dictionary definitions:
gamesmanship - 1. the use of methods, esp. in a sports contest, that are dubious or seemingly improper but not strictly illegal. 2. the technique or practice of manipulating people or events so as to gain an advantage or outwit one's opponents or competitors.

shark - 1. (v) to obtain by trickery. 2. (n) a person regarded as ruthless.

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(BSC) Billiard Skills Challenge - Down the Rail, set 3 (Advanced) Test Group

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Billiards Skills Competition Training Program

Here is Today's Test Group Challenge from the book. This progressive set develops personal confidence when similar shots come up during competition - and define Comfort Zone limitations.

PURPOSE:  Pocket the 1 Ball on each of the the designated attempts - for each layout in the Test Group.

This is the Down the Rail ACS(3) (Advanced) Test Group. There is also an Intermediate Test Group. Continue reading

(BSC) Billiard Skills Challenge - Draw Cue Ball, set 2 (Advanced) Test Group

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Billiards Skills Competition Training Program

Here is Today's Test Group Challenge from the book. This progressive set develops personal confidence when similar shots come up during competition - and define Comfort Zone limitations.

PURPOSE:  Pocket the 1 Ball on each of the the designated attempts for each layout in the Test Group. Draw the cue ball onto the designated target area.

This is the Draw Cue Ball. set 2 (Advanced) Test Group. There is also an Intermediate Test Group. Continue reading