(D&E) Drills & Exercises - Double 3 Ball Runout Game (diagonal), 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

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

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(CBC) Cue Ball Control (half table patterns) - Group 4, Set 5

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 2 speed.
    1:30, Medium 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 6:00, Medium 1 speed.
    Stun, Medium 2 speed.

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

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

This can require the most work in learning cue ball control. It will provide the greatest rewards. (If you play straight pool, this dramatically increases your run average.)

Cue Ball Management - Connections to make the Cue Ball Draw (reverse spin)

Cue Ball Management - Draw (reverse spin)

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Motivation to Focus Your Defensive Shots

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

Strength of will is not required to keep going when you continuously have thrilling successes and things always go your way. It either means you are playing your best ever (usually only that one time in a year), or you are beating up on beginners. Continue reading

(FAQ) How do you coach a new player on a team?

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If you are one of the better players on a league team, eventually you will be called upon to coach a playing situation for a new player or a lower-skilled team member. Your superior knowledge and experience is needed to make sense of a confusing table layout. Continue reading

(FAQ) Do you perform a post-shot routine?

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If you watch players compete, there is one habit that the winners consistently have in common. Those are the shooters who always stop after a shot and appear to be momentarily frozen in time. What they are really doing is going over their shot, comparing the new table layout with what they were attempting to achieve. These are the players that learn from their mistakes. Continue reading

(AWAP) Art of War v. Art of Pool - Chapter 11 - seizing something

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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.

This segment is from:

Chapter 11 - The nine situations

Begin by seizing something which your opponent holds dear ...

(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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(AWAP) Art of War v. Art of Pool - Chapter 12 - cultivate resources

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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.

This segment is from:

Chapter 12 - Attack by fire

The enlightened ruler lays his plans well ahead; the good general cultivates his resources. ...

(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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(BSC) Billiard Skills Challenge - CB Maneuvers: Long table Safety Training, Zone 1 (Advanced)

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Billiards Skills Competition Training Program

Here is Today's Test Group Challenge from the book. Several run-outs in a row develops personal confidence when similar maneuvering is needed to run-out to a game win during competition.

PURPOSE:  Kiss the CB off the OB and roll the CB inside the Target Zone.

This is from the CB Maneuvers Test Groups. Continue reading