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(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 7, Set 12

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, Soft 3 speed.
  • Cheat: 2:00, Medium 1 speed.
    11:30, Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:30, Medium 1 speed.

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Playing Styles, 1 of 3

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

There are many types of opponents who have various habits of playing the Green Game. These are based on ingrained routines that often go back to the very beginnings when the player picked up his first stick. They have been playing the same way for so long that it is almost impossible to fix it unless they call upon the help of a PBIA or ACS instructor. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Practice Routines & Safety Games

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

You don’t need to dedicate the daily multiple hours that professional players devote to practice. They need this to keep a razor edge on their playing skills. But that doesn’t mean you can advance your skills only by playing in casual and competitive environments. Continue reading

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (half table patterns) - Group 2, Set 9

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

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Emotional Dangers

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

This is about the emotions you feel during competition. Emotions are experienced every moment of every day. There is a scale of emotions from the deepest depths of despair to the heights of ecstasy. Emotions also have a volume control. When turned up, it is more demonstrative. When turned down, even the greatest victory gets downplayed. Continue reading

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 9, 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: Stun, Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 1:30, Soft 3 speed.
    12:00, Medium 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 6:00, Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 6:00, Soft 3.speed.

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - "Wrist" Stroke Exercises

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

Use the exercise below and learn to move the cue ball over precise distances.

  1. Place a donut (paper reinforcement ring) where the cue ball starts.
  2. Put the Post-It sheet about a diamond away from the cue ball.
  3. Shoot the object ball onto the Repeat until mastered.
  4. Move the sheet closer and master that
  5. Continue working on finer and finer control.

Repeat this once a month. During a competition, a couple of slow roll practice strokes are all that is needed to remind your muscle memory. Continue reading