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(S&D) Safety & Defense - the Cluster Tactic

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

Clusters occur when two or more balls are clumped together. A cluster can consist of only two balls, if they mutually interfere with each other. They create problems that often stop a run. To most players they are roadblocks to easy wins. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Player Personalities: Overview

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

The personality of your opponent can have an impact on your game, especially if you allow his individuality to control your playing style. If you find yourself playing differently than usual, you allowed him to infect your thinking. Continue reading

(FAQ) What are different ways to keep score?

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When playing in a race to a specified number of games, or a game where points need to be tracked, you will need some way to identify who gets what. Here are a number of tools used to track who gets what points, scores, marks, wins, and loses: Continue reading

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (half table patterns) - Group 4, Set 7

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: 6:00, Medium 2 speed.

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(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 12, 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: 12:00, Hard 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:00, Soft 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 1:30, Hard 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 6:00, Soft 3 speed.

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Key Analysis Tool: Mindset Matrix

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

The mindset matrix is used to calculate when to use an offensive or defensive approach for the current shooting situation. It is a tool, easy and simple to apply. When used constantly, shooting decisions are wiser, more thoughtful, and even enlightened. The tool results in improved chances of winning games and matches. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Analysis of the Unknown Opponent

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

When you have no previous experience playing against your opponent, observe his game closely. Start by looking for perfection - things that he does well. This includes stroke, accuracy, cue ball control, speed control, stance, etc. Then look in the same areas for things that are imperfect. Continue reading

(FAQ) How does age affect pool skills?

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When you love the Green Game as a young shooter full of vim and vigor, it will be almost impossible to get enough playing time. As you enter maturity, a few other things (such as family, kids, making a living, etc.) intrude on your pool playing time. These intrusions might even interfere enough to cause you to give up playing for a decade or two. Continue reading

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 11, 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: 2:00, Soft 3 speed.
    Stun, Soft 3 speed. (Table roll & slow speed works for this shot.)
  • Cheat: 1:30, Soft 2 speed.
    6:00, Medium 3 speed.

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(D&E) Drills & Exercises - Pocket Skills (progressive): Cross-Angle sets - 1D Out

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This progressive exercise to improve your shooting skills is in the book Drills & Exercises for Pool & Pocket Billiards.

This setup concentrates on progressive pocketing skills. There is no concern about where the CB ends up.

This is a multiple cue ball speed and spin drill. See Cue Ball Speed and Spin Variations. Make sure to observe the cue ball action (path from OB, any rail action, etc.) until it stops. You need to remember the results when you are in competition. Continue reading