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(FAQ) How do you handle an opponent who is a poor sport?

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Sometimes you get into a match with an opponent who takes bad playing situations as a direct insult. It would be funnier, if he simply asked the table directly, “Are you dissing me?” It’s the same thing. Or, he might consider every poor playing situation to be an intentional personal insult from you (as if you have any control over his poor playing and planning skills). Continue reading

(FAQ) How can you practice with a friend?

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Most of the time when you get together with a partner during a practice time, you end up just playing each other with no real goal in mind or anything accomplished. You spend a couple of hours together just to bang balls around and no one's skills were improved. That's a wasted amount of time. Continue reading

(FAQ) How do you make accurate 1 cushion kicks?

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There are two common techniques when you need to kick to a rail to make contact on the target object ball. One is the ghost table/mirror technique. Another is "Cross the X"  Both are easy to implement with the instructions below. Continue reading

(FAQ) What kinds of drills can improve your game?

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Once you have learned the basics skills and developed a decent stroke and have some ability to play position - where do you go from there? There are a lot of answers. One of them is the practice of various types of drills. Drills have a specific purpose. The ball setups are constant, usually identified with paper reinforcement rings or positions identified along the diamond lines (up/down, and sideways). Continue reading

(FAQ) How should you pack cue sticks for airline baggage?

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With the current airline restrictions on all things that could be considered a weapon or even a threat of a weapon, you are unable to carry your cue sticks on the airplane as carry-on baggage. For individuals who have sticks that are more than a little important to them, this restriction has made it more difficult for those who fly to tournaments and other places. Continue reading

(FAQ) Can you get hurt playing pool?

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Just watching people play pool, anyone could be forgiven if he thinks that is a safe sport. It certainly appears to be free of the personal injury dangers that plague other sports like football, basketball, rugby, even curling. Continue reading

(FAQ) How do you plan to run a table layout?

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If you've ever watched good players compete, every shot is designed to accomplish two objectives - pocket the current object ball and move the cue ball into a table location where the next object ball can be targeted. The only significant difference between the good players and the better players is their ability to do this on a routine basis. Continue reading

(FAQ) Do you calculate the odds on a shot?

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When facing a table layout and figuring out what to do, every shot you consider falls will be within your comfort zone or in your chaos zone. A shot within your comfort zone means you can make it 7 or 8 times in 10 tries. As the chances of success get smaller, it falls into your chaos zone. Every shot has to calculate the odds. Continue reading

(FAQ) How do you move up to the next level?

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Assuming that you are not already a near-pro player, here are some tips that will help.

Maintain and reinforce the mental attitude that you are able and capable of becoming better. It is the positive attitude necessary to improvement. Continue reading

(FAQ) Should you gamble?

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There are a considerations built into this question. When something of value is at risk, the pressure to play well goes up. It gets worse if the amount lost impacts your lifestyle (the rent money, etc.). Basically, the decision to bet (and how much) on your skill depends on how the loss would affect you. Continue reading