Very few pool players understand that their performance will reach a stalemate after they master many of the mental and physical aspects of the game. This “lack of improvement” occurs because The fact remains that you cannot play pool completely subconsciously. This is a common problem that needs to be addressed—if you can’t clearly define where the problem lies in your mind, how can you go about solving it? It is like driving a bicycle through an obstacle course while wearin
Recently one of my students asked, “How can I erase the memory of As a coach, I usually tell my students that thoughts are just thoughts and to treat them as such. When your brain produces negativity, a single thought doesn’t have the power to become an emotion that will affect your overall performance. However, the more time you devote to that particular thought, the more you empower it to change your overall mood. Negative thoughts generally lead to performance anxiety, whi
The System of Having No System When considering Aiming Systems, let us look to the master Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee may someday be surpassed in certain physical elements of his art, but it’s more his philosophy that will be considered the paradigm for excellence. For without the way he approached Martial Arts from his mental plane, the physical would have never been achieved. The basic concept of “the style of having no style” or in our case, “the system of having no system”, is n
Lets assume that you have been practicing your favorite drills and working on your weakest areas, now what? Here are 10 Keys Points that can help you to better performance. For 25 years, I owned and operated Health & Fitness Centers as well as several Pool/Billiard Rooms and have long recognized the value of being in shape. If you haven’t already made exercise a regular habit, start now. Always start light and gradually work up. Make sure the day of the event you do some stre
These apply to just about everyone. It is nearly impossible to avoid these laws and their consequence. They don’t apply every time, but when they do, it is a personal intervention from the hands of any one of the many billiard gods. • The more balls you make in an inning, the easier it is to miss an easy shot.
• On a 9 Ball hill-hill game, if you make the 9 ball, the cue ball will scratch.
• The better you play, the easier you can be beaten by a lesser player.
• The better
Sam first played pool five years ago at the age of twelve. She fell in love with the game for many reasons but her natural ability allowed her to improve at an alarming rate. Very soon she was the center of attention. One of the local coaches heard about her progress and observed her obvious talent. He was so impressed; he offered his coaching services for free. This was an incredible opportunity; the coach was responsible for a number of young players who had risen from club
A fouette is a “whip shot” used when the cue ball and object ball are close together which makes it easy to keep spin on the cue ball. It is also used in ballet to describe“whipped turns” where the dancer whips their leg around performing a pirouette. These can be some of the most difficult shots to learn, but look impressive if you can get them down. To execute this shot, aim 3/4 ball off to the right side of F.It helps to use a little elevation, jacking up about 15-20 degre
Our emotions are created by a small part of the brain that for simplicity we will call the emotional brain. There are of course many causes for the emotional brain to become active, but we will look at how a few simple changes in words and tone can produce a very different reaction. Let’s look at an example of how this is possible. Stacey is playing a winner takes all money match. it’s a race to 21 and she has opened a comfortable 20-10 lead. She is cueing well and feeling re
Standing up I see the shot with my eye. There are no thoughts going through my mind. Just see the shot. With my brain, I know the stroke I am going to use, again, no thought going through my mind. Knowing the stroke enhances the target. I do not take my eye off the target. At this stage I am connecting to the shot. Then I lean over and land on the cue ball. I set my cue tip on the cue ball and focus on that vital spot. At this point I allow my brain to absorb how this cue tip
AWARENESS IS A SKILL Awareness of a shot is not something to try to achieve. You don’t actively create awareness. It is a skill you possess. When you automatically know that you are in line with the shot you are in the awareness mode. When you know the stroke, once again, it is the awareness mode. Most importantly, you know you are going to make the shot. That knowledge comes from your awareness skills. Practice shooting without thinking but being aware of the dynamics of the
Three-cushion Carom Billiards From the book “Carom Billiards: Around the World Patterns Patterns” Group A: Short Leg into Long Rail, Group 1, Shot A1b Starting layout For this shot, this is how the balls are laid out on the table. With the cue ball at the lower left corner of the table, the other balls are up-table, near opposite side rails. The layout below shows how the shot was played. The Shot To make this shot work, the cue ball kisses off the red ball at a very thin an
Fellow pool enthusiast – let me take the time to share my background as we begin this journey to continually improve your skills. My name is Tanner Pruess and I was born in South Dakota, a haven for bar-table pool. Growing up with a long line of established pool players in my family tree aided to a decent game at a very young age. The biggest catalyst that turned me into a top rated amateur was attending a clinic hosted by Randy Goettlicher, a master instructor bringing deca
Bill Smith “Mr3Cushion” has been one of the top players in the country for all of his 40 year career as a professional 3 Cushion player. He can teach as well as he played and brings us a great opportunity to this great game. The SECRET of the Half-Ball The Half-Ball Aiming System
THE KEY FACTOR in my game’s acceleration over the years is what I’ve learned
regarding the achievement of maximum effect and speed with the help of my late mentor and best friend Ernie Presto. Peopl
Here is a safety you will know right away. Can you do it five times in a row? Do you have the speed skills to put the cue ball where you want? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLPOzy3TRuA
When you practice, your training must be specific and deliberate. In other words you focus on one thing. Don’t waste time banging balls around. What you focus on you strengthen. For instance, suppose you focus on your pre shot routine on a series of shots. That will strengthen your skills at