(FAQ) How do you play a cue ball on the rail?

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This is one of the more difficult locations to shoot from. Because the cue ball is so close to the rail, it is impossible to contact the ball with other than a top spin. Draws and any variations are impossible, unless you are an expert in shooting masse shots with a near-vertical stick. Continue reading

(FAQ) You are obsessive about pool when…

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This checklist tell you if you have a pool addiction. If you discover this is a personal problem - good for you!! Continue reading

(BSC) Billiard Skills Challenge - OB Speed Control (angled), long table (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 (angled), long table (Intermediate ) Test Group . There is also an Advanced Test Group. Continue reading

(BSC) Billiard Skills Challenge - CB Maneuvers: Short table Safety Training, Zone 2 (Advanced)

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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:  Kiss the CB off the OB and roll the CB inside the Target Zone.

This is from the CB Maneuvers Test Groups. Continue reading

(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