· Some Uses for Inside English
· Rail and Pocket Shots
· A Different Sort of Practice Routine
· Great Traps and Escapes
· Sid Banner Kicking System
· Choosing a Better Route
· A Position Route to Master
· Playing Better Safeties
· Thinking Your Way to a Win
· Improving your pocketing skills
· The Drag Shot
· Things To Practice
· Some Common Pool Faults
Mark Finkelstein is a professional pool player, a BCA Master instructor, an American Cue Sports (ACS) level 4 instructor, and house pro at Slate Plus in New York.
Mark can be reached via phone at 347-545-1916, email at nycpool
I wanted to give you another skill for your pool arsenal today. Developing this skill gives you the ability to turn some difficult positions into much easier outs.
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This week I have a collection of shots that are interesting and not usually seen. All the top players know them, and they can save you when you really need a magic shot.
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Most of my students want to know how they can win more games. By giving them the stroke, speed, and pattern skills to play excellent pool, they increase their overall chances of winning.
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Over the years I've seen some amazing traps and safeties and some even better escapes. I wanted to share some of these amazing shots and the replies with you.
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This week I'd like to share with you a kicking system that really works. The only requirements are that you can do a little math in your head (you can even use your fingers!) and stroke a rolling ball with no english.
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What I want to do though is to give you the three basic stance feet positions and what to look for to determine if you are standing correctly for your height and body type.
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When the cue ball goes in to the short rail at a 45 degree angle, and is within two diamonds of the corner pocket, the cue ball track goes through the center of the table. That means there is no scratch on that line!
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This layout is instructive because it has a key position route that a lot of players avoid because they are afraid of scratching in the side pocket.
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A lot of players hit cut shots with outside english to minimize the throw effect. Others use inside english so that the squirt thins out the cut a little and compensates for the throw.
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Learning how to play patterns is one of the key factors is running balls. Unfortunately, todays nine ball players never really had to learn much about patterns.
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This week I want to look at something that underlies our game. Actually, there are two things here. The first is your mindset towards your pool game, and the next idea is your practice routine. In fact, they are both related.
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I'm sure you know this concept when playing position, that coming down the line of the shot gives you a much bigger target and margin of error than rolling across the line. The same concept applies as well to safety play, but I rarely see players use this idea.
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I've been watching a lot of pool lately and one of the things I do when I watch is run through the rack in my head, seeing if my idea of how to play the rack is the same as the player at the table.
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Now that I'm back from traveling, one thing seems to be a constant in the pool world. The question I hear in many ways over and over is 'how do I get better?'
More on improving pocketing accuracy...
The Drag Shot-a good technique to know. I just finished playing in another Predator event at Master's Billiards in Queens. What a great event!
The Drag Shot continued...
I just came back from the Super Billiards Expo in Valley Forge. What a great time! It is always a thrill to see old friends in the pool world. I had a blast in the NYC Grind Booth, meeting new friends and seeing old ones.
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I just came back from teaching a seminar in Ohio and some private lessons in New Jersey. What I observed is that a wide range of good players consistently have the same problems.
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