November 2015

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The State of Pool. ~ Darren Appleton {Part 1 of 2}

I’ve been playing pool professionally since the age of 19, and felt I’ve seen it all. But in recent years the game has become frustrating, and this is why: I feel there is no structure or direction in the sport, because each event in each country has different organizers that enforce different rules. To be

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Making The Right Choices. ~ Paul Potier {Instructional}

A few weeks ago, I was playing some One Pocket with a student of mine in Edmonton who has improved his game by many levels over the year that we worked together. His name is Richard Wear. He was just about to get down to play a shot that I knew he shouldn’t play. So

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The Katana Performance Shaft. ~ Garret Troop {Review}

After looking at the different shafts on the market, I wanted to try one that was a little different. I was happy to do a little homework, and came across the Katana Performance Shaft from CueStix International. It has a conical tapered shaft with an 11.5mm tip. I have shot with a few different shafts

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Visions of the Future. ~ Sherri Smith

They are anxiously waiting for the doors to be unlocked. Murmuring between groups can be heard and an occasional laugh. Someone calls out to another person and joking begins to happen. The lights come on and the group gets antsy. Finally, the key turns in the lock and the door is flung open. The crowd

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Dominic Pyka, 9-Ball Champ. ~ Dakotah Schmidtknecht

12 year-old Dominic Pyka is a new youth shooter to the world of pool. Together — I as his adult partner — won the WAPPA Jr/Sr 9-Ball Open on August 8th, 2015. The morning started early and Dominic could barely keep his eyes open, but he knew exactly where his cue was. The tournament was

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Health Benefits of Playing Pool. ~ Scott Flear

Pool, or billiards, has been around for over 100 years. Pool tables have become an iconic part of millions of working men and families across the world. Pool tables are often found in pubs and bars of workingmen’s clubs, social clubs, and youth clubs. The social aspect of pool has played a significant part in

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Shooting Pool in the Philippines. ~ Nathan Freeman

Efren Reyes and Alex Pagulyan — both Fillipino — are two of my pool heroes, so I was excited to visit the Philippines with my fiancé. We spent four days in Talisay, on the island of Negros Occidental, where she works in an office. I went to work with her at every day and would

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Reviews

Segen Cues by William Hurst

  Segen is the word for blessing in the German language and is probably the name for this cue company because Einzigartig (unique) is not as catchy. Unique, however, describes the new Segen Cues to a tee. From the features that give them a very distinctive look, the slightly larger diameter of the butt and

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