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(FAQ) Laws of Pool

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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

(S&D) Safety & Defense - How to Use Comfort & Chaos Zones

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

(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

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 10, Set 3

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

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(FAQ) How to Teach Pool to Young People

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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

(S&D) Safety & Defense - About the Concept & the Book

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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.

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(D&E) Cue Ball Speed/Spin Variations

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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 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.

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Cue Ball Management Exercises - Stun Control

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

For these exercises, you want to stun the cue ball and slide it down into the intended location using different speeds from slow to fast. There are a lot of hidden lessons built into this exercise. Learn them.

Cue Ball Stun (center ball)

Cue Ball Stun (center ball)

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Examples of the Bad Angle Safety

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

When you want to set up a bad angle for your opponent, these examples provide table layouts you want him to face as he comes to the table. If you happen to find yourself in this situation, play a defensive shot. Continue reading

(FAQ) How do you clean the cue shaft?

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Here are a number of options that have been used by players for a long time. Some individuals do not recommend one or more of these; others swear that their preference is the only and best cleaning solution. Do not apply any of the abrasives or pore fillers on fiberglass, graphite, or laminate cue shafts. Continue reading