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PoolSchool: The Bridge. ~ Boris Vidakovic {Part 4}

Open Rail Bridge When you are in the situation that the cue ball is too close to the rail or on the rail, it is very hard to use a closed rail bridge, so we have to use an open rail bridge. Please notice that word “rail” is part of the name of this type

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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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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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How Do You Know You are a Good Pool Player? ~ Allan Sand

The level of how “good” you are is defined by your competition. For example, if you are playing with neighbors once a week around a home table, a little extra self-improvement effort makes you the big frog. In a pool hall, the regulars are of higher caliber. It will take a lot more time and effort

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PoolSchool: The Bridge. ~ Boris Vidakovic {Part 2}

Closed bridge   After learning how to make an open bridge, it is easy to change and form a closed bridge using the idea that a closed bridge is just like an open bridge but one with a loop. This loop is formed by your thumb and index finger and finished by the loop touching

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Hit the Cue Ball Low & Where you Want. ~ Max Eberle

One of the biggest problems new students of the game have in being able to draw the cue ball is that they are simply not hitting the cue ball low enough to generate the backspin required for the cue ball to change direction and come backwards from the object ball. Hitting the cue ball low

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How To Improve Your Break Shot. ~ Allan Sand

If you are getting inconsistent results in your break, you have an inconsistent stroke. The key to developing a good break shot is to reduce the number of variables. Here are some tips to apply: Do not move the cue ball to different places each time you set up for a break shot. This is

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Don’t Get Beat by the Rules. ~ Jacqueline Karol  

Have you ever heard anyone arguing over pool rules? First of all there are hundreds of different rules for pool and different games of pool. It is best to go over  the rules with your opponent or league/tournament director before a match. However, there are so many, that it is near impossible sometimes to think

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