Monthly Archives: December 2011

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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CTE: Is the pocket necessary?

Looking through the AZB forums I find people making statements like “With CTE aiming the pocket is not necessary. You just look at the cue ball and object ball.” Even Hal himself made some zany comments like this. Of course, … Continue reading

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The Five Points of Pool

The important components of the game of billiards can be summarized into five different points: 1) Fundamentals (stance, stroke, bridge, grip) 2) Aiming 3) Cueball Control 4) Pattern Play 5) Mental Game If you want to master the game of … Continue reading

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Finding the Bank Angle

Here is a quick way to find the bank angle. This works for any kind of aiming system. When using CTE for banking, the angle is crucial to pick the correct reference line and pivot. Here is a quick way … Continue reading

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CTE: The Pivots

With Center-To-Edge aiming, by far the hardest part of the system to grasp is the pivot. Spidey has a good explanation of the fundamentals.

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CTE: The banks are money

After getting the hang of CTE, I began to wonder if the pivot aiming itself wasn’t really what was pocketing balls. Maybe the whole pre-shot routine that is CTE just helps me get in line with the shot, and the … Continue reading

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The mental game: pre-shot routine

An extremely important part of your game is the pre-shot routine. A great pre-shot routine will make your shot execution more consistent.

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