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(FAQ) Got any pool jokes?

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Two shooters play a "4-ahead" race. The first player wins the toss, breaks and runs four games in a row. The second player says he needs a spot. The first player says, "Can't do that. I haven't seen you play." Continue reading

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 10, Set 12

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: 1:30, Soft 3 speed.
  • Cheat: 10:30, Soft 3 speed.

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(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 9, 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: 1:30, Medium 3 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:30, Medium 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:00, Medium 2 speed.
    Stun, Medium 2 speed.
  • Cheat: Stun, Medium 1 speed.

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Study Your Opponent

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

You need to put serious effort into learning about your opponent. To start with, every person can only play so many shots at one session before his game starts to disintegrate. He has good abilities to focus, think, and select decent choices when he starts. An opponent is less effective when he is mentally and/or physically exhausted. Continue reading

(FAQ) How do you play a cue ball on the rail?

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This is one of the more difficult locations to shoot from. Because the cue ball is so close to the rail, it is impossible to contact the ball with other than a top spin. Draws and any variations are impossible, unless you are an expert in shooting masse shots with a near-vertical stick. Continue reading

(FAQ) You are obsessive about pool when…

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This checklist tell you if you have a pool addiction. If you discover this is a personal problem - good for you!! Continue reading

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 7, Set 10

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: 1:00, (1/2 ball hit), Soft 3 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:00, (1/2 ball hit), Medium 2 speed.
    1:30, (1/2 ball hit), Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 10:30, (1/2 ball hit), Medium 2 speed.

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - How to Train Your Analytical Mind

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

Being able to make choices with successful outcomes requires a lot of brain work and practice. Among top players, pool has been compared to chess. A player must consider hundreds of options and choices before selecting a single shot. A poor decision in the early-game can cause a loss. Continue reading

(FAQ) What makes a smooth stroke?

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A good stroke implies following a complete shot routine. The routine begins once a commitment to the shot selection is made. Continue reading