Author Archives: Allan Sand

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 9, Set 8

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: Stun, Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 1:30, Soft 3 speed.
    12:00, Medium 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 6:00, Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 6:00, Soft 3.speed.

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(D&E) Drills & Exercises - Long Table Kicks, Set 3 of 4

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

This is a simple center ball hit. This drill dis designed to teach adjustments for the first rail contact point, based on the cue ball position on the table.

Take some time to dial in the correct contact point. Then experiment with different slow and medium speeds. It's a good idea to shift the cue ball up and down one or two ball widths. This helps you dial in the small adjustments. It is VITAL to know how to consistently succeed with one rail kicks. (Not to mention a discouragement for your opponent to attempt hidden ball safeties.) Continue reading

(D&E) Drills & Exercises - Pocket Skills (progressive): Long table sets - 1D Out

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

This setup concentrates on progressive pocketing skills. There is no concern about where the CB ends up.

This is a multiple cue ball speed and spin drill. See Cue Ball Speed and Spin Variations. Make sure to observe the cue ball action (path from OB, any rail action, etc.) until it stops. You need to remember the results when you are in competition. Continue reading

(DCV) Dr. Cue Video - CSI Presents: Advanced Techniques #3 Identity Shots

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Three common shots and how to use English to make the cue ball do what you want. Practice these to get to the middle of the table - and then practice them to get the cue ball to the other end.

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - "Wrist" Stroke Exercises

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

Use the exercise below and learn to move the cue ball over precise distances.

  1. Place a donut (paper reinforcement ring) where the cue ball starts.
  2. Put the Post-It sheet about a diamond away from the cue ball.
  3. Shoot the object ball onto the Repeat until mastered.
  4. Move the sheet closer and master that
  5. Continue working on finer and finer control.

Repeat this once a month. During a competition, a couple of slow roll practice strokes are all that is needed to remind your muscle memory. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Psychological Warfare

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

In all types of competition, there is an element of the game played above the table. In the minds of every player is the battle to hold strong the drive and will to win. Forces that affect this intention begin with the player’s opinion of his personal self-worth, usually proven by table results. Win one or more games and personal opinions are positive; lose one or more games and it can begin a self-defeating downward spiral. Continue reading