The Mental Game

Learn the psychology behind Pool & Billiards

Like any other sport, them mental part of the game is what sets apart the good from the great. As you step into the advanced levels you will need to strengthen your mental resolve to have an advantage over your (also) advanced opponent. This section contains articles that pertain to understanding and improving your mental conditioning as it relates to pool and billiards.

The following authors/instructors below offer many different articles pertaining to improving your mental game.

David Sapolis

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:

  1. Stroke of Genius
  2. The Growling Point
  3. Building the Perfect Game
  4. Lessons in 9 Ball
  5. Chasing the Dream

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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Tim Miller

The Monk Billiard Academy (, founded in 1991 by Tim Miller, (The Monk) is dedicated to making you the best pool player you can become. Tim's unique philosophy on the inner game of pool has helped countless players realize the player within.
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Articles from David Baranski
· Preparation of the Mind

David Baranski

David Baranski is a BCA instructor and an experienced player from Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Bryan W. Mitchell

Bryan W. Mitchell has over 30 years of pool playing experience and a highly ranked APA player, team coach and captain.
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Articles from Joe D'Aguanno
· The Art of Concentration

Joe D'Aguanno

Joe D'Aguanno is another experienced player and a long time pool instructor.
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Articles from Mark Finkelstein
· Thinking Your Way to a Win

Mark Finkelstein

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.
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