November 2014

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Just Showin’ Off: A Trick Shot. ~ Florian Kohler

For this column we are going to revisit a classic—probably one of the most famous—trick shot. The original version was made famous by the great Steve Mizerak as he executed this trick during the miller lite commercial and is now called the “just showin’ off.” In this version we are going to pot 6 balls

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Do You Care Enough? ~Tom Simpson

I don’t know many players who are happy with their game. We’re inconsistent, we make stupid mistakes, we lose focus, we take low percentage shots, we fail to plan ahead, we choke on the money ball… And we do it again and again. We’re stuck in a rut of our own making. Most players claim

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Serena Black: Future World Champion. ~Hannah Blue {Interview}

I talked to Serena Black from her home in Decatur, Illinois; she is incredibly articulate, driven, and self-possessed. Serena describes herself as “basically just your average small-town girl.” She spends a lot of time outdoors; she loves camping, four wheeling, and hunting. Serena’s family is very important to her, and says her brother is her best

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Black Widow Foundation Donates $4,500 to American Juniors for World Championships in China! ~ Samm Diep-Vidal {Press Release}

November 19, 2014 (Denver, CO): In September, Hall of Famer Jeanette Lee, aka “The Black Widow,” and her nonprofit Black Widow Foundation (BWF) reached out to the billiard community to offer support for the nine young players who represented the U.S. at the WPA World Junior 9-Ball Championships November 15-19 in Shanghai, China. Lee’s ability

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PoolSchool: The Bridge. ~ Boris Vidakovic {Part 3}

Closed rail bridge Very often the cue ball comes close to the rail so we can not make any bridge from the playing surface, so we have to make rail bridges. Rail bridges can be divided into open and closed, but all of them use the term rail in their name and in their structure. In

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The Scott Erwin Breaking Cue. ~ Garret Troop {Review}

I opened the box to behold an amazingly finished breaking cue. It comes with a Purple heart 29″ shaft. I find that the Purple heart shaft has a stiffer hit and feel as compared to a maple shaft. This cue’s weight balance is more forward and in my opinion allows you to have a balance point in

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Keep Calm & Play Pool. ~ Keith Diaz

While playing in the first Gotham City Classic 9 Ball tournament, I’ve noticed intense emotions running at high altitudes. Players letting the complexity of the mind get in the way of their game. Now for myself, I definitely have a temper and love to call it being a passionate player. But I can’t always lie

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Shawn Gainey And Gainey Q’s. ~Hannah Blue {Interview}

I interviewed Shawn Gainey—founder of Gainey Q’s—last week, and it was an absolute delight. Shawn’s buttery southern accent makes it immediately obvious that he originally hails from South Carolina. His day job as a superintendent in construction for a government contractor brought him to Waldorf, Maryland, in 2012. His decision to stay started with a

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Thorsten “The Hitman” Hohmann: The Name Suits Him Well. ~ Greg Hogue

Thorsten “The Hitman” Hohmann is regarded by his peers and one of the best all-around pocket billiard players on the planet. His resume is padded with win after win of world, international and United State wide titles; it’s nothing short of stellar. The nickname “The Hitman” suits him quite well. Our first  encounter was in 2012 in

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