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(FAQ) How can you reduce miscues?

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Miscues occur when the cue tip contacts the cue ball and does not “grab”. When that happens, the tip slips off of the cue ball which then travels in strange directions. There is a certain sound that accompanies the miscue. If there are others around, everyone will look at you. The only way to get them to look away is to pretend it wasn’t you. Continue reading

(FAQ) How can you handicap 8 Ball with a friend?

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Here are some suggestions where the weaker player can still bang away at his best speed, and the stronger player (in this example is you) has to follow one or more of these restrictions. Playing straight up is too lopsided and the fun of playing quickly fades.

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(FAQ) Do you need a break cue?

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For the majority of pool players, whether you need a break cue is more of a matter of do you want one? Being able to get a great spread with the greatest chances of pocketing a ball will require some separate practice time. This means racking and re-racking the balls as you experiment around with various stances, body positions, and follow-through. Continue reading

(FAQ) How to forget your pre-shot routine

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Every once in a while, for one reason or another, you approach a shot, bend over, and the next thing you know – the cue ball is moving and you don’t even know what happened. You just allowed your back brain to take over your consciousness and totally ignore your pre-shot routine. Or it could be your evil self took momentary control. There are two ways for your pre-shot routine to vanish. Continue reading

(FAQ) Are you right eye or left eye dominant?

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Eye dominance means that (generally) one eye takes in the majority of the scene you are looking at with the other eye being used to identify depth of field (how far away things are).

When you bend down for a shot, your head aligns above the stick and you utilize your eyes to draw the imaginary aiming line. Eye dominance affects the placement of that aiming line. When the dominant eye is off to one side of vertical, the imaginary line gets skewed. This messes up the accuracy of your aiming line. The closer your dominant eye is to a vertical position over the aiming line, the more accurate your shots will be. Continue reading

(FAQ) How much fair play is fair?

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When you are playing pool and you see a rule violation about to be made by your opponent, how far will you go to ensure fair play? Do you do anything to win, salivating over the opportunity to get a cheap and quick advantage? Or, do you try to ensure a level playing field. Do you point out the potential error? Do you expect you opponent to be similarly concerned with an equal sense of sportsmanship? Continue reading

(FAQ) What should you consider when buying a first cue?

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(This is just a general set of guidelines for beginning players getting ready to get their first personal shooter. It’s a starting point of things to consider, not a solid buying guide.)

There are a lot of sticks available (custom and production). Most anything in the range of $150 to $400 will work. When you first start thinking about a personal playing stick, it’s always a good idea to talk it over with several players and get some understanding on why they like their stick and how they decided on that as their primary pool tool.. Continue reading