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Too Straight? ~ Jacqueline Karol

Imagine that the cue ball and the object ball are lined up straight and both very close to the end rail. You need to get position for the next ball which is at the opposite end rail. You could try hitting it hard with high left, but hitting it such force makes the pocket less

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Practice and Preparation. ~ Darren Appleton [Part 1 of 2]

My first article covered mainly fundamentals and basics, which are key. We will now cover how to practice and prepare for competition. First off all, once you have your fundamentals down and are shooting balls into the pockets, the rest should be pretty basic. Cue ball control is key. So. Practice and preparation for tournaments.

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Stroke Drill. ~ Tim “The Monk” Miller

This is a drill from The Monk, designed to hone your stroke with the purpose of running as many balls as possible. Look for 100% success with this, lesson thirteen. The shot on the five ball calls for a strong determined stroke. You cannot be shy about slamming this ball into the corner pocket and

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Your Philosophy Is Vital. ~ Max Eberle

One of the things I’m most known for in teaching pool is fundamentals. I’ve been blessed to receive many compliments from many top players and world champions on my own technique, and I’m thankful to have helped players from dozens of countries improve their physical approach to the game and make them better players. This

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The Pool Matrix. ~ Patrick Sampey

Do you practice playing pool by yourself in that infinite quest for personal perfection in the game—or at least as much perfection as you personally can achieve, knowing that each individual has different abilities and strengths? You may want to try this practice game I created for myself because I don’t like drills—hate them in

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Jump Drill. ~Dominic Esposito

For some of you, it’s about time you learned how to jump a cue ball. For others, it’s time to perfect your jumping skills even more. While some people would rather complain that jump cues don’t belong in the game—most of whom, I guess, don’t jump very well themselves—jumping is an integral part of pocket

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X-Rated. ~ Jacqueline Karol

This one rail kicking system is very effective and is easy to use. First, draw an imaginary X with both of the bottom points being the object ball and cue ball. The top points are then placed directly above the other ball, on the rail. Then, find the point where both lines cross. Finally, draw another line

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Bad Angles. ~Allan Sand

A bad angle is any shot that is not within the shooter’s skills to pocket. It does not have to be impossible, but must be a low percentage shot for your opponent. (Low percentage means that the shot cannot be pocketed more than 30-40% of the time – 3 or 4 out of 10 tries.)

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PoolSchool: The Stroke. ~ Boris Vidakovic {Part 1}

The Stroke After we have discussed three out of four basic fundamentals, we come to the most important thing of all, The Stroke! If you have a good stance and know many bridges, that will never overcome your bad grip that leads to a poor stroke. But when you see and hear a sound of

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Bad Habits to Avoid. ~ Allan Sand

The vast majority of pool players—both casual and regular—have one or more of their fundamentals out of whack to some degree. The problem mostly arises because the player never took the time to check with someone who could show him/her how and why to do things correctly. The closest most people come to correct fundamentals

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