Tag Archives: cue ball

(FAQ) What is a pre-shot routine?

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Every player uses some kind of pre-shot routine for every shot. For some players, it is as short as a glance at the table, a bend down for the shot, a practice stroke (or two), and a strong forward thrust into the cue ball - no thought, no attention to detail. Continue reading

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (half table patterns) - Group 5, Set 6

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: 10:30, Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:00, Soft 2 speed.
    6:00, Soft 3 speed

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(FAQ) What is the purpose of defensive shots?

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How many times has this happened to you? You come to the table with a difficult shot. You are two balls away from winning – IF you can make this ball. Your mind believes that the chances of success are 50%. In reality, you couldn’t make the shot even once in 10 tries. Continue reading

(FAQ) What is pool practice - and why is it important?

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One of the “problems” of loving the Green Game is that pool practice is necessary to fix problems and improve skills. Think of pool practice as similar to basketball practice. If you don’t spend time shooting balls and developing the moves to help get baskets – how can you expect to become a better basketball player? If you are playing “horse”, you will always lose. The same applies to playing pool. You have to get on the table and work on shots and setups. When you can make shots during pool practice, you can make shots during competitions with your buddies. Continue reading

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 7, Set 2

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), Medium 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 7:30, (1/2 ball hit), Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 9:00, (1/2 ball hit), Soft 3 speed.

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(FAQ) What is this pool player’s "killer instinct"?

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Most of the time when you play casual matches; they are, at best, played as a matter of friendly competition or something to pass the time of day. In either case, the games and matches are rarely anything of importance or have anything of value at stake. Game wins and losses mean little to the players. Continue reading

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (video) - Group 4, 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: 11:30, Soft 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:00, Soft 2 speed.
    6:00, Soft 3 speed.

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(FAQ) When do you play a safety shot?

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Many times while playing, you face a table layout without simple options to pocket balls. There are only bad, very bad and “%?&*@#^” choices. All of us have watched as various bar bangers seize upon this opportunity to demonstrate the width and breadth of their imagination. Actually these guys provide you with an amazing educational instance of stupidity. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Discover Your PERSONAL Comfort/Chaos Zones

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

Following are some wake-up examples on what a comfort zone and a chaos zone is, including a clear indicator of the edges between the two. Take these to the practice table and try them. Whatever shots you find easy, competitors at a similar level find easy. What you find difficult, others at your level also find difficult. Continue reading