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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Dead Zone Tactics

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

Dead zones are dangerous places to leave the object balls for your opponent to shoot. These are named "dead zones" because there are limited places on the table where you can put the cue ball so the object ball can be pocketed. Continue reading

(FAQ) How can you stop someone sharking?

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Here are some easy tips on how to manage people who think they can shark you and win.

Every once in a while you'll have an opponent who thinks they can get an easy win using sharks that even teenagers consider stupid. When these people come up against you, here are some ideas and suggestions. Continue reading

(FAQ) What are recommended foods during competition?

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Most tournaments are done in a day or two. Some last longer. You are going to have to consume some food. Don’t eat foods that will bloat you, slow you down, or otherwise interfere with your concentration. Continue reading

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 9, Set 7

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

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(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 11, Set 7

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

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(D&E) Drills & Exercises - Down the Line (short table diagonal) Runout Exercise (1)

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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

(D&E) Drills & Exercises - Around the World Game - Doubles, Set 5 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

(S&D) Safety & Defense - The Confusion Safety Type

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

The confusion safety type can be a lot of fun. Confusion is created by complicating the table. It forces your opponent to discard any previous plans and ideas and requires him to recalculate his entire strategy. Anything that uses up brain energy helps you. Continue reading

(FAQ) How do people abuse pool equipment?

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Wherever you find a pool table, you will find that someone at some time has abused the pool equipment to some degree. The vast majority of this is caused by ignorant people using the equipment for things and activities they were not designed to accomplish. Continue reading