Instructional Articles by Bryan W. Mitchell

Bryan Mitchell is a highly skilled player/instructor from the Northern Delaware area.

  • 5 reasons your pool game sucks

    In the eyes of skilled players your game may very well “suck.” So without having ever met you, I will assume that you fall somewhere between casual player and intermediate league player. And because you are reading this, I will also assume that you wish to improve as a player.
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  • Buying a Pool Cue - Part 1

    If you enjoy playing pool, at some point you are going to want to buy your own two-piece pool cue. And if you already own a two-piece cue, at some point you will want to buy a better cue. Why? Well, there are many reasons to own your own personal cue. And there are just as many reasons for owning a good quality cue.
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  • Buying a Pool Cue - Part 2

    This may be your first personal cue or an upgrade to the one you are currently using. Most of our focus will be on the mid-priced market, as this is where you are most likely to shop and this is where most cues on the market will reside. Remember that a pool cue is a personal matter.
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  • Buying a Pool Cue - Part 3

    Here we will discuss the type of tips to put on your new cue. We will also discuss where and how to buy your new cue.
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  • Goal Setting and Pool

    Tell me about your goals as a pool player. Do you have goals related to your game? Do you have goals about yourself as a player? Have you written your goals down? Do you review them on a regular basis? Without ever having met you I can say with great confidence that you can not answer yes to more than two of these four questions. In fact, without ever meeting you, I can say that there is a 95% chance that you can not answer yes to more than two of these questions. This is a safe bet because only abut 5% of people have written goals that they review on a regular basis, and only about 5% of people ever achieve any great success in any given field.
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  • Your Personal Stats

    If you play in a league, I am sure you know your win/lose record. You may even know your record against players of a specific rank. And you have someone keeping track of your innings on the team scorecard. But do you know how many innings you average per game, per match, per month?
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  • Self Talk - Are You Talking to YOU?

    I once coached a player who was struggling quite a bit on game night. He was by my estimation a decent player, at least average, but I watched his ranking drop from 4 to 3 to 2 in just a few short weeks. Other teams would watch him shoot and say out loud, "There is no way that guy should be ranked a two!" For this article we will refer to this player as Lee. Lee lost matches week after week. He lost to players he should have been a major favorite against. But he almost always found a way to give the game away at the last minute.
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  • Productive Practice - Making the best of your practice time

    When asking players how they practice between matches, I got the following three answers: Player one complained about not getting enough practice time during the week. But, one day when I met him to play a few games of 8 ball, he told me with great excitement how he got in practice the day before and worked on his bank shots.

    Player two who has a table at home told me that if he misses a shot during a match that cost him a game, he goes home and practices the shot over and over.
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