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(FAQ) How can you practice 1 Pocket alone?

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When you want to practice 1 Pocket and there are no opponents available, you can be your own best challenger. Who else can give you the competitive level you deserve? Continue reading

(FAQ) When should you change cue tips?

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The tip on your shooting shafts gets worn away little by little. Every time you apply chalk (especially if you do so viciously), there is a gradually wearing away of the tip material. This is also the continuous tip reshaping and roughing with various tip tools. When the tip edge wears down to a narrow side band of a millimeter or so above the ferrule, the tip should be replaced. The tip can also be replaced at whim. Continue reading

(FAQ) Should you own your own set of pool balls?

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If you are a casual player who goes down to the pool hall as a once a week league player, or you go to the senior center four times a week to play, or if you are an avid bar table player - nope, don't consider owning your set of pool balls. There is no reason to waste your money, simply because you would never have any place to use them. Continue reading

(FAQ) What is a cue extension?

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There are shots when the cue ball is mid table and you must aim it towards a ball at the opposite short rail. If you are a tall person, the shot might not be difficult to stretch out and shoot. If you are a shorter individual, you can't stretch your bridge hand out far enough to get a stable bridge for your shaft. The cue just isn't long enough to hold the cue in a stable manner that is needed for a trustworthy stroke. Some part of your fundamentals must be abandoned, making the stroke prone to major failures. Continue reading

(FAQ) Why are some bar table cue balls different?

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There are a variety of cue balls with different sizes and weights. When you are playing on a coin-operated table, and a ball goes into the pocket, it stays down until the next set of coins is inserted. To be able to return the cue ball to a player after a scratch, it has to be different from the object balls. Continue reading

(FAQ) Standing on a pool table

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The very idea of actually standing on top of a pool table is a bit weird. After all, that table top is designed for balls to easily roll around, hit each other, the cushions, and sometimes fall into the holes and disappear. Continue reading

(FAQ) How can you shoot accurately with cue ball side spin?

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When shooting the cue ball on the vertical center line, aiming at the object ball is fairly straightforward. It's easy to use any of the various aiming techniques, such as ghost ball, equal slices, line of sight, contact points, or even (after shooting enough balls), instinct. Continue reading

(FAQ) What about using those screw-on cue tips?

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Only the very cheapest cues will have screw-on tips. If you are getting a cue for the very first time and you really don't know what you want, these cheap cues can at least provide you with an experience on what to avoid in the future. Continue reading

(FAQ) If you are tall, can you get a longer cue stick?

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The standard cue stick is 57" to 58". This is the common standard for sticks around the world. For 85-90% of the people this is no problem. But if you are "overly" tall, you end up holding the stick hand a lot closer to the cue butt then your shorter competitors. If you had a longer stick, the balance would feel better. And of course, when you have to stretch a bit, the longer stick allows you an even greater reach. Continue reading

(FAQ) What are the different hand bridges?

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There are several basic kinds of hand bridges that are used on the table, depending on where the cue ball is setting and the direction you want to shoot it. Here are some options: Continue reading