(H&S) Hustles & Sharks - Helpfulness

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Learn how to Beat the Sharks

It's nice to have good allies and advisors around you. These people can help improve your life and life style. But on the pool table, do NOT expect your opponent to be one of the individuals who have your best interests at heart. There are two reasons why an opponent would provide help and guidance. One, you are not a threat to his pocket book or self-esteem, or two, he wants to enfeeble your intentions to win. Continue reading

(BSC) Billiard Skills Challenge - CB off OB Speed Control, long table (Intermediate)

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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, kiss the Cue Ball off the Object Ball and roll the Cue Ball into the target zone.

This is the Cue Ball off Object Ball Speed Control, long table (Intermediate) Test Group . There is also an Advanced Test Group. Continue reading

(BSC) Billiard Skills Challenge - Small Area Maneuvers: Set 2 of 6 (Intermediate & Advanced layouts)

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Billiards Skills Competition Training Program

Here is Today's Test Group Challenge from the book. Several run-outs in a row develops personal confidence when similar maneuvering is needed to run-out to a game win during competition.

PURPOSE:  Pocket the balls in sequence to clear the table.
Start with Ball-in-Hand.

This is from the Small Area Maneuvers (Intermediate & Advanced) Test Groups. Continue reading

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 12, 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: 12:00, Soft 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:00, Soft 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:00, Medium 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 6:00, Soft 3 speed.

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(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 12, Set 2

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: 10:30, Medium 3 speed.
  • Cheat: Stun, Soft 3 speed.
  • Cheat: 1:30, Hard 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 6:00, Soft 3speed.

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - The Concept of BPI: Examples

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

The following game examples explain how to use BPI to beat your opponent. Always remember, that number is an average. During half of his innings he pockets more balls than that number, and half of his innings he pockets fewer balls. Continue reading

(FAQ) How do you make accurate 1 cushion kicks?

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There are two common techniques when you need to kick to a rail to make contact on the target object ball. One is the ghost table/mirror technique. Another is "Cross the X"  Both are easy to implement with the instructions below. Continue reading

(FAQ) What kinds of drills can improve your game?

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Once you have learned the basics skills and developed a decent stroke and have some ability to play position - where do you go from there? There are a lot of answers. One of them is the practice of various types of drills. Drills have a specific purpose. The ball setups are constant, usually identified with paper reinforcement rings or positions identified along the diamond lines (up/down, and sideways). Continue reading