As you migrate from a casual bar banger pool player to a serious interest in the Green Game, it becomes more and more apparent that there are a set of laws that apply specifically to this sport. Maybe the word “laws” is too restrictive – but they seem to have the same weight as the law of gravity. Continue reading
(This is today's bit of advice from the book Safety Toolbox.)
When pocketing balls, you (and every other player in the world) have shots that are within comfort zones and chaos zones. When a shot can be made 8 out of 10 times (80%), it is in your comfort zone. When your chances of pocketing the ball are around 3 or 4 times in 10 tries (30-40%) or less, it is within your chaos zone. At 50-60%, it is on the edges. Continue reading
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: 3:00, Medium 2 speed.
- Cheat: 12:00, Medium 2 speed.
If you happen to be a parent or aunt/uncle to youngsters, you have a personal responsibility to introduce them to the challenges and pleasures of the Green Game. You cannot allow them to grow up without at least knowing how to hold a cue stick and hit the cue ball without miscuing. When you teach pool, think of it as an intervention program to save them from the horrible early experiences of ignorance and stupidity that you suffered. Continue reading
I wrote this book to reveal how easy it is to control the cue ball and move it around the table. It is amazing how easy it is to get precise shape when you know how to use carefully applied cue ball spins and speeds. Control of the cue ball is really easy to learn – when you finally realize you need to know how to precisely hit it with your cue tip.
Many players use a single approach to every shooting opportunity – the offensive mindset. They continuously attempt to pocket a ball, any ball - regardless of the table layout and playing conditions. They don’t consider the consequences of failure. That one-dimensional playing style is acceptable only if their opponents play the same way.
This progressive exercise to improve your shooting skills is in the book Drills & Exercises for Pool & Pocket Billiards.
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.