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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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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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