Category Archives: Instruction

8 ball: play smart to win

So you are a solid shot maker in your own right, maybe one of the best in your league. But one thing plagues you: your 8-ball wins are just not up to par. Why can’t you win more of your … Continue reading

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8 ball tip: insurance balls

8-ball, you are solids. What do you do?

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Controlling whitey: hit it low!

If you pay close attention to the top players, you will notice that many use draw on a large percentage of their shots, even shots that don’t call for any draw, or even follow. Why is that? There are couple … Continue reading

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Eye Dominance

You visualize the shot. You step in and line it up. It looks right, but when you pull the trigger it misses. What happened? Ever have that problem? I did until I learned about eye dominance. Everyone has a dominant … Continue reading

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Avoiding the scratch

Scratching the cue ball, we’ve all done it. What can we do to avoid it? Here is a simple way to help you avoid scratching: Anytime you are going into a rail, try to go as close to a 45 … Continue reading

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Offset and Pivot Aiming Systems

CTE, Pro1, 90/90, Shishkebob:  each of which are close cousins of one and other and all share common elements.  These techniques are all referred to as “offset and pivot” systems.  Whether it be Hal Houle’s Center-to-Edge, Stan Shuffett’s Pro1 or … Continue reading

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Straight pool is the game’s best teacher

If you want to improve your overall game skill in pool, straight pool is probably one of the best games you can play. If you have any type of weakness in your game, straight pool will find it. Straight pool … Continue reading

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Shooting over a ball

Tip #1: Many players jack up the cue stick too far when shooting over a ball. This is because they want to hit the ball with the center of the tip, or as close to center as possible. Don’t do … Continue reading

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Getting Power into the Break Shot

This is an interesting little gem to try. Line up on your break shot as usual. Then, stand up and move closer to the table. Keep your shooting arm straight and pivot at the shoulder to break. You will notice … Continue reading

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Position Play Drill

Here is a good way to practice making a shot with position, and quite randomly. Rack up 15 balls, completely random order in the rack. Break.

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