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(FAQ) What are different ways to clean pool balls?

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When you own your own set of balls, eventually they will need cleaning to help them maintain their shiny good looks. Pretty bright and shiny balls are much more fun to play with than dull dirty balls. Continue reading

(H&S) Hustles & Sharks - Annoyances

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Learn how to Beat the Sharks

Many people have habits or personal traits that are annoying. The degree of irritation suffered is dependent on the observer. Such irritants are frustrating enough in the normal world of work and family. But in the pool hall, their effective is enhanced by the environment. Nonetheless, these all affect how well you can concentrate on winning. Continue reading

(H&S) Hustles & Sharks - Accusations

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Learn how to Beat the Sharks

Here is how the pool hustler applies this shark. He only needs an “apparent” excuse. For example, on a break shot that you racked, the balls don’t spread very well. He becomes upset and accuses you of improper racking. What you don't know is that he took some speed off his break shot. This helps keep the balls clustered so that the table layout validates his accusations of your intentional cheating. Continue reading

(FAQ) When breaking, should you inspect the rack?

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In most games, the winner of the last game breaks. The loser must rack the balls for the next game. Breaking a loose rack (gaps between the balls) causes a lot of lost energy, and the balls will stay bunched up in clusters. This is not something you want to happen. It can throw off your focus and rhythm. Continue reading

(H&S) Hustles & Sharks - Compliments

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Learn how to Beat the Sharks

This is an insidious effort, and one of the easiest sharking tricks that a pool hustler can implement. His compliments on various aspects of your pool game are delivered with obvious sincerity and clothed in good sportsmanship. This shark is successful when you react with touchy-feely enhancements to your self-esteem. Continue reading

(BSC) Billiard Skills Challenge - Large Area Maneuvers (Advanced)

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Billiards Skills Competition Training Program

This is from the Large Area Maneuvers (Advanced) Test Groups.

Your ability to run out these table layouts will develops personal confidence when similar maneuvering is needed to win a game win during competition.

PURPOSE:  Pocket the balls in sequence to clear the table.

TO MAKE THIS WORK FOR YOU:
1. Set up the donuts for all the balls. Start each layout with ball in hand.
3. Shoot in sequence: 1, 2, 3 (you can also shoot in reverse sequence - 3, 2, 1).
4. You own the set when you can run-out three times in a row.
5. Move to the the next layout.

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(FAQ) How to use a playing "edge"?

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An edge is something you have that gives you an advantage over the other player. It can be any kind of secret skill or special refinement you developed - just to use when your opponent least expects it.

An edge shot must be properly timed. It's not something that you put on display at every opportunity. The table layout must look seemingly tough. The cue ball and object ball angles also have to be right.

But when those conditions exist, you can blow away your opponent's assumptions about your skills. When you shake his evaluation of your abilities, you also introduce a certain amount of uncertainty in his thinking. THAT re-evaluation time frame can last several innings, which gives you opportunities to advance.

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(FAQ) How can you improve side pocket shooting?

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The obvious answer is more practice. Most players tend to avoid side pocket shots unless the object ball is directly out from the pocket. Anything with an angle makes them try a cross bank or an extreme cut to the corner. Other players will use extreme efforts (spin & speed) to avoid a cue ball position that forces an object ball shot to the side pockets. Continue reading