Blackjack David Sapolis played professional pool for 20 years in The United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. He has authored several books relating to the game of pocket billiards,including:
· Looking at Fear
· Gone Fishin'
· The Art of the Choke
· Blackjack's Myths & Facts About Cue Ball Control
· Bridging the gap
· Pool Hall Survival
· Achieving Dead Stroke
· Goal Setting
· Preparing for Competition
· 10 Bad Habits That Keep You From Running The Rack
· Offensive Vs Defensive Mental Skills
· Unlocking the Safe
· Building Confidence
- Stroke of Genius
- The Growling Point
- Building the Perfect Game
- Lessons in 9 Ball
- Chasing the Dream
Blackjack also is a contributing columnist for several billiard publications including:
- Professor Q-Balls National Pool & Carom News
- On the Break
- Cue Times Billiard News
Blackjack is available for private / group instruction and seminars, where he brings his unique and effective instructional style to players of all skill levels. Blackjack has trained professionals, league players, Juniors, Men & Women of all ages. Contact Blackjack and take your game to the level it belongs!
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Orlando, Florida 34769
Blackjack David Sapolis
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It’s your biggest nightmare. One day you can make that shot, the next day you can’t. Or, you do it perfectly in practice, but when it is time to do it in competition you choke.
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"Gambling will surely be the downfall of the sport!"
Not all of us have graced the winner’s circle, nor have all of us enjoyed the accomplishment of achieving our ultimate goal.
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The art of being able to perform at will, in a harmonious connection with our thoughts and actions. Confidence is a prerequisite for consistency.
Contrary to popular belief, the cue ball will not do anything that you don't tell it to do. Read that over and over until it sinks in.
For many experienced players the bridge is a pretty natural thing. We don’t think about it, we just plop our hand down on the table and slip the shaft between our fingers and shoot away.
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The following is an excerpt from my book, Building the Perfect Game. This selection is taken from Chapter Two, entitled Positive Strokes.
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Dead Stroke is characterized by several different occurrences within your mind and your surroundings. You feel as though you can beat anyone.
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It’s one thing to want to be the best, and it is something completely different when you sit down and write out a pattern of attack and figure out how you are going to get there.
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How do we prepare for competition? Fact is, that most of us do not prepare at all. This is sad, but true. Most of us merely putter around all week, wandering aimlessly until tournament day.
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Many players believe that they get bad rolls, or that certain situations develop on the playing surface of the table that keep them from running out.
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All great players know that developing mental skills in competition is crucial to their success at the table and while sitting in the chair.
The safety is one of the most complex subjects in 9 ball. If you lack the ability to properly execute safeties, your game will surely suffer.
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Several years ago, Dr. Leif H. Smith came out with a blue print for athletes to use to build up and strengthen their confidence.
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