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(FAQ) What are some good excuses for missing a pool shot?

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Many players need to have some handy excuses after missing a pool shot. Of course, your opponents don’t care – they’re just happy you screwed up and let them come to the table. For railbirds, player excuses for a missed pool shot can be quite entertaining. As an audience, they always appreciate the more outrageous explanations for screwing up. Continue reading

(FAQ) What does it take to become a really, really good pool player?

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For such a small physical area of contention, played under well-light with well-defined specifications, the game of pocket billiards has a level of complexity for players at every level. Continue reading

(H&S) Hustles & Sharks - Temper Tantrum

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Learn how to Beat the Sharks

Generally, the "volume" of verbosity and threat-level used by a person implementing this method is pretty much social class-dependent. For example, members of the upper class maintain more control over their temper in social situations, but can still manage a glowering intensity. Continue reading

(BSC) Billiard Skills (video) - Controlled Runout (Side), Set 2 (Intermediate)

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Billiards Skills Competition Training Program

Here is Today's Test Group Challenge from the book. This progressive set develops personal confidence when similar shots come up during competition.

PURPOSE:  Start with Ball-in-Hand.
Pocket the balls ALL IN THE SAME POCKET - using two patterns:
- from left side ball to right side ball, in sequence.
- from right side ball to left side ball, in reverse sequence

This is from the Side Pocket Runout, Set 2 (Intermediate) Test Group. Continue reading

(BSC) Billiard Skills Challenge - OB Speed Control (straight), long table (Intermediate) Test Group

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Billiards Skills Competition Training Program

Here is Today's Test Group Challenge from the book. This progressive set develops personal confidence when similar shots come up during competition - and define Comfort Zone limitations.

PURPOSE:  From the setup, shoot Cue Ball into Object Ball and roll the Object Ball into the target zone.

This is the Object Ball Speed Control (straight), long table (Intermediate ) Test Group . There is also an Advanced Test Group. Continue reading

(FAQ) What can you expect in a handicapped league?

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A handicapped league is a group of teams each with several players that compete on a regular basis (usually weekly). Each team will have players with different skill levels.

Each player is assigned a certain skill level. When individuals with different levels compete, the adjustments are made to their scoring requirements. A new player will start at an initial skill level. As matches are played, the skill level is adjusted as appropriate. Continue reading

(FAQ) Watching your betters

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If you are serious about improving and anxious to learn as much of pool as possibly, the perfect teaching by example is immediately available to you at local tournaments. Continue reading

(H&S) Hustles & Sharks - Jokes

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Learn how to Beat the Sharks

This tactic uses your own appreciation of humor to prevent you from playing with all due intelligence and intention. You have an adversary who is a wanna-be comedy club regular. He is accustomed to being the center of attention of any group that he joins. To him, the game is just another venue for his funny presentations. You are another of his many audiences - only one person, to be sure - but to his viewpoint, still a qualified (and captive) public spectator. Continue reading