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(CBC) Cue Ball Control (half table patterns) - Group 1, set 1

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, (1/2 ball hit), Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 4:30, (1/2 ball hit), Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 2:00, (1/2 ball hit), Soft 3 speed.
    (At a higher speed, the cue ball can not grab the rail for the proper angle.)

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - When all else fails - Last Resorts

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

There are times when, no matter how you struggle, the balls don't roll your way. For some reason, the billiard gods have decided that today is your day to suffer all of the bad luck they can offer to you. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - The Hidden Ball Safety

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

The hidden ball safety type is considered by many players to be the only real defensive shot. To the intelligent player, it is simply another way to create additional problems for an opponent. Regardless of how simple or difficult the kick or jump might be; it forces an opponent to stop and think. 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

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 12, Set 3

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 3 speed.
  • Cheat: Stun, Soft 3 speed.
  • Cheat: :30, Medium 2 speed.
    (At least this provides an angle.)
  • Cheat: 6:00, Soft 3 speed.
    12:00, Soft 2 speed.

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Playing Styles, 2 of 3

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

Here are more descriptions about the habitual behavior of players you will face in your lifetime of playing pool. Your opponent's default playing style make it easier to design a strategy and an efficient set of tactical tricks.

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(FAQ) Does Speed kill?

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Is this situation familiar? You set up on a shot, KNOWING this is a 99% certainty -- BUT because you MUST get shape on the next ball (usually somewhere far far away), you put on a lot more strength into the stroke. Continue reading

(FAQ) What are some bad habits to avoid?

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The vast majority of pool players, both casual and regular, have one or more of their fundamentals out of whack to some degree. The problem mostly arises because the player never took the time to check with someone who could show him/her how and why to do things correctly. The closest most people come to correct fundamentals is a flawed imitation of the friend who introduced them to playing pool. And that example probably had many bad habits. Continue reading

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (half table patterns) - Group 5, 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, Soft 3 speed.
    12:00, Soft 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 6:00, Medium 2 speed.

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