(FAQ) How do you coach a new player on a team?

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If you are one of the better players on a league team, eventually you will be called upon to coach a playing situation for a new player or a lower-skilled team member. Your superior knowledge and experience is needed to make sense of a confusing table layout. Continue reading

(FAQ) Do you perform a post-shot routine?

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If you watch players compete, there is one habit that the winners consistently have in common. Those are the shooters who always stop after a shot and appear to be momentarily frozen in time. What they are really doing is going over their shot, comparing the new table layout with what they were attempting to achieve. These are the players that learn from their mistakes. Continue reading

(AWAP) Art of War v. Art of Pool - Chapter 11 - seizing something

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At it's most basic, the pool table is a small battlefield. An excerpt from "The Art of War" is provided with how it applies to the competition between opponents.

This segment is from:

Chapter 11 - The nine situations

Begin by seizing something which your opponent holds dear ...

(If this is the first post you've seen, read the AWAP Introduction & instructions post.)

This information considers how battlefield strategies and tactics can be used to win more games. If this seems interesting, read these AWAP posts.

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(AWAP) Art of War v. Art of Pool - Chapter 12 - cultivate resources

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At it's most basic, the pool table is a small battlefield. An excerpt from "The Art of War" is provided with how it applies to the competition between opponents.

This segment is from:

Chapter 12 - Attack by fire

The enlightened ruler lays his plans well ahead; the good general cultivates his resources. ...

(If this is the first post you've seen, read the AWAP Introduction & instructions post.)

This information considers how battlefield strategies and tactics can be used to win more games. If this seems interesting, read these AWAP posts.

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(BSC) Billiard Skills Challenge - CB Maneuvers: Long table Safety Training, Zone 1 (Advanced)

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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 (angled), 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 (angled), cross side (Intermediate ) Test Group . There is also an Advanced Test Group. Continue reading

(D&E) Drills & Exercises - Pocket Skills (progressive): Spot Shots (cross side sets)

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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

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (half table patterns) - Group 1, set 2

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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: 1:30, (1/2 ball hit), Soft 2 speed.
    10:30, (1/2 ball hit), Soft 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 11:00, (1/2 ball hit), Soft 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:00, (1/2 ball hit), Soft 1 speed.

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(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 11, Set 11

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 3 speed.
    11:30, Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 10:30, Medium 1 speed.
    6:00, Medium 2 speed.

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