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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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(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

(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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(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

(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