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(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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(D&E) Drills & Exercises - Around the Table Game - Doubles, Set 4 of 5

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This progressive exercise to improve your playing skills is in the book Drills & Exercises for Pool & Pocket Billiards.

Purpose: Runout all the balls on the table. Set a target marker to preselect the next CB location on pocketing the OB (piece of paper, coin, chalk, etc.) Continue reading

(D&E) Drills & Exercises - Double 3 Ball Runout Game (vertical), version 3 of 4

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This progressive exercise to improve your playing skills is in the book Drills & Exercises for Pool & Pocket Billiards.

Purpose: Runout all the balls on the table. Set the sequence before running the balls. Any failure, reset balls and start again. Continue reading

(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

(FAQ) What are the dangers of lending out your stick?

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If you have spent good money on stick that you are using regularly, you are very careful to use it correctly and well. You take steps to ensure it is well maintained and also stored safety. If you lend the stick out for someone else to use, especially a stranger who expresses an interest, what are some of the things that could go wrong. 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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(D&E) Drills & Exercises - Long Table Kicks, Set 3 of 4

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This progressive exercise to improve your shooting skills is in the book Drills & Exercises for Pool & Pocket Billiards.

This is a simple center ball hit. This drill dis designed to teach adjustments for the first rail contact point, based on the cue ball position on the table.

Take some time to dial in the correct contact point. Then experiment with different slow and medium speeds. It's a good idea to shift the cue ball up and down one or two ball widths. This helps you dial in the small adjustments. It is VITAL to know how to consistently succeed with one rail kicks. (Not to mention a discouragement for your opponent to attempt hidden ball safeties.) Continue reading

(D&E) Drills & Exercises - Pocket Skills (progressive): Long table sets - 1D Out

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This progressive exercise to improve your shooting skills is in the book Drills & Exercises for Pool & Pocket Billiards.

This setup concentrates on progressive pocketing skills. There is no concern about where the CB ends up.

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. Continue reading