Author Archives: Allan Sand

(AWAP) Art of War v. Art of Pool – Chapter 5 – rush of a torrent

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At it’s most basic, the pool table is a small battlefield. An excerpt from “The Art of War” is provided with how it applies to the competition between opponents.

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Chapter 5 – Energy

The onset of troops is like the rush of a torrent which will even roll stones along in its course. …

(If this is the first post you’ve seen, read the AWAP Introduction & instructions post.)

This information considers how battlefield strategies and tactics can be used to win more games. If this seems interesting, read these AWAP posts.

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(D&E) Drills & Exercises – Double 3 Ball Runout Game (horizontal), version 1 of 4

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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 – Turn the Corner Game (5 Ball Groups), Version 2 of 2

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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 in a group – 3 successful attempts. Then repeat on the second group. Then repeat on the third group. Continue reading

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (half table patterns) – Group 6, Set 4

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: 6:00, Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:00, Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:00, Medium 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 6:00, Soft 3 speed.

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(CBC) Cue Ball Control (half table patterns) – Group 5, Set 2

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 1 speed.
  • Cheat:: 6:00, Soft 3 speed.

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(FAQ) Pool Sharking, Gamesmanship, & Other Mind Games

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First of all, let’s properly describe the term “sharking”. To people who lose, their first complaint (and justification for losing) was that they were sharked. Let’s set aside that notion immediately – you were not sharked when losing against someone of superior skill. You just didn’t have enough shooting competence, plain and simple. Continue reading

(FAQ) Do you need cue insurance for expensive sticks?

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Once you get into owning expensive cues, you need to consider insuring them in case of any kind of loss. Continue reading

(FAQ) Game Rules – Bottle Pool

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These series of “Game Rules’ provide rules of many different games for the pool table. The rules here have been simplified from the official versions – to make them a little easier to understand.

There are other games that have been invented, copyrighted and generally available to the playing public. Web searches will turn these up and the rules printed out for use.

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