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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

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Psychological Warfare

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

In all types of competition, there is an element of the game played above the table. In the minds of every player is the battle to hold strong the drive and will to win. Forces that affect this intention begin with the player’s opinion of his personal self-worth, usually proven by table results. Win one or more games and personal opinions are positive; lose one or more games and it can begin a self-defeating downward spiral. Continue reading

(FAQ) What are the different pool table sizes?

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Pocket billiard tables are rectangular in shape, twice as long as wide. Table sizes are usually measured by the playing space inside the cushions. Most table sizes are: Continue reading

(FAQ) What sizes and types of cue tips are available?

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The cue tip is a piece of material placed at the end of the cue stick that hits the cue ball. It's shape and condition is more important to good players than whether the cue stick is straight. A serious player will always use a warped cue stick with a well-shaped tip then any other stick with a less then optimal (bad) tip.

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(CBC) Cue Ball Control (half table patterns) - Group 3, 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: 12:00, Soft 3 speed.
    6:00, Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 6:00, Soft 3 speed.
    10:30, Soft 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:00, Soft 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 10:30, Soft 2 speed.

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Definition of The Bad Angle Safety

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

A bad angle is any shot that is not within the shooter’s skills to pocket. It does not have to be impossible, but must be a low percentage shot for your opponent. (Low percentage means that the shot cannot be pocketed more than 30-40% of the time – 3 or 4 out of 10 tries.) Continue reading

(FAQ) What cue accessories are useful?

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When you are assembling your cue case contents, besides your sticks you will need a few accessories. These items are necessary to ensure that pool playing time is not interrupted. Most of your minor problems can be fixed by pulling out one of these accessories. Continue reading

(FAQ) What are different ways to clean pool balls?

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When you own your own set of balls, eventually they will need cleaning to help them maintain their shiny good looks. Pretty bright and shiny balls are much more fun to play with than dull dirty balls. Continue reading