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(BSC) Billiard Skills Challenge - OB Speed Control (angled), cross side (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 (angled), cross side (Intermediate ) Test Group . There is also an Advanced Test Group. Continue reading

(D&E) Drills & Exercises - Pocket Skills (progressive): Spot Shots (cross side sets)

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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

(FAQ) How do you find a good pool instructor?

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It is surprising, but the vast majority of pool players have never taken any kind of lesson from a qualified pool instructor – not even a basic check on their fundamentals. They will spend hundreds (even thousands) of dollars on a cool cue stick. They aren’t willing to spend $20, $50, or $100 for lessons that will improve their game for the rest of their lives. They are perfectly happy to go on for years and years (and years) believing they are just too intelligent to need an instructor. Continue reading

(H&S) Hustles & Sharks - Cell Phone

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Learn how to Beat the Sharks

If you are one of those individuals who absolutely must stay in instant contact with everyone in the world, via your smart phone and other devices, you are an easy victim of this distraction. Your obsession with communications (voice, text, email, chat etc.) with friends and non-pool players is a destructive habit in any competitive situation. Just when you need to focus and concentrate on a critical win/lose effort, receiving a phone call or text message is guaranteed to disrupt your competitive spirit. Continue reading

(BSC) Billiard Skills Challenge - CB Maneuvers: Long table Safety Training, Zone 1 (Intermediate)

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Billiards Skills Competition Training Program

Here is Today's Test Group Challenge from the book. Several run-outs in a row develops personal confidence when similar maneuvering is needed to run-out to a game win during competition.

PURPOSE:  Kiss the CB off the OB and roll the CB inside the Target Zone.

This is from the CB Maneuvers Test Groups. Continue reading

(BSC) Billiard Skills Challenge - Draw Cue Ball, set 2 (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:  Pocket the 1 Ball on each of the the designated attempts for each layout in the Test Group. Draw the cue ball onto the designated target area.

This is the Draw Cue Ball. set 2 (Intermediate) Test Group. There is also an Advanced Test Group. Continue reading

(D&E) Drills & Exercises - Pocket Skills (shallow): OB 1 D to Pocket

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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

(FAQ) What if your opponent is an ass?

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Some players are so wrapped up in their own world, they can't even recognize other players as being worthy of respect. In previous decades, you could walk into any pool hall and watch some of these arrogant SOBs strut their stuff in their own little kingdoms.

Nowadays, the worst cases have been relegated to little hole-in-the-wall bars and dives. But there are always wanna-be bullies who couldn't recognize common courtesy if it was <insert an appropriate simile here>. 😉

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