· Long Straight In Shot
· Shooting Hard with English
· How to Stroke
· Abstract Aiming System
· Combination Shots made easy
· Jack up and Rail Shots
· How Did I Miss That Easy Cut Shot?
· Razor Thin Cut Shots
· The Art of Concentration
· Tips on Safety Play
· Shaft Dent Removal
· The Bump Shot
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For many players the most difficult shot in pool is the long straight in shot. I must admit that at one time this was also one of my most difficult shots.
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One of the stumbling blocks that prevents a mid-level player from moving up to the next level is the ability to shoot a longer distance shot with english hard enough to move the cue ball around the table using 2 or more rails.
If you don't understand how a stroke works it can take you years to become accomplished at it. If on the other hand you do understand the principle behind a good stroke it is easy to learn and can be accomplished in a fairly short time.
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How to aim the cue ball has always been a troublesome concept to learn because aiming a round ball to hit a precise spot on another round ball some distance away requires abstract visualization in the mind's eye to complete the process.
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Combination shots are shots that are usually avoided unless there is no other alternative. In 9 ball a combo on the 9 can easily win you the game and often gives you a chance to win a match against a better player.
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Have you ever missed your shape and ended up frozen against the rail or another ball with the object ball 3/4 of the way down the table with a difficult angle to the pocket? This is a sure end to most runouts for the average player.
Have you ever had an easy cut shot that you shot a little hard without english and missed the pocket by a couple inches or more. You probably attributed the miss to your stroke, eye alignment or a myriad of other things.
Ah, the razor thin cut shot that ranks right up there in difficulty with the long straight in shot. I used to hate those shots as they almost always stopped my run out. It was sort of like the lottery tickets, the kind that you scratch off to win a few bucks.
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Your brain was empty and like a sponge. You were able to focus completely on what was at hand without any distracting thoughts.
Good safety play will win you more pool games than any other technique that you will learn. I make this statement with the assumption that you are capable of running at least 3 or 4 balls when you have ball in hand or an open shot.
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Ever get a little dent in your cue shaft that just annoys the crap out of you while you are in a tournament or league play. Here is a quick fix to get you back on track.
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Have you ever got stuck with a straight in shot in the side with the cue ball stuck on the rail and you need to perform a stop shot? Or how about a shot to the corner with a 5 to 10 degree cut where you need to hold the cue ball within a couple inches of where the object ball sits?
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