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Use An Aiming System, Pocket More Balls. ~ Jeremiah Gage

Before I get into aiming, I want to iterate the fact that you need solid fundamentals for any aiming system to be effective. It will be difficult to learn how to aim if you don’t have a straight stroke! The purpose of any aiming system is to give you a systematic way to calculate aim,

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How It’s Made. ~ Kim Walker {Part 4}

This is part four of Kim Walker’s pool cue “How It’s Made” series—read parts one, two, three-A, and three-B to round out your knowledge. (There will be six parts in total, published on a staggered schedule.) Now that we have the material to fill the slots in the ring billets, we have to make the billets. The material veneer

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The “Second Ball Break” In Eight Ball. ~ Paul Potier

The power breakers hit the head ball with as much energy and accuracy as they can muster. However, unless you have acquired a great skill in controlling your cue ball while also creating high cue tip speed, you should probably not use this break. When playing on a bar box table (seven or eight foot,)

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In All Things, Be Composed. ~ Tim “The Monk” Miller

Once you master composure, your actions take on a different tone. In your daily life you will walk strong. Composure is not how you act, it is who you are. People often talk about how a composed person is strong in all situations. Let it be said that you can’t act composed, you have to

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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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The Hustler Masse. ~Florian Kohler

For this article, we’re going to learn an old and very famous shot from the 60’s. First seen in the movie The Hustler, starring a young Paul Newman. From what I remember, it’s his character ‘fast Eddie’ who shoots that masse during a game. In reality it was the legendary Willie Mosconi who executed that shot

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Dynamite Fundamentals. ~Darren Appleton

Firstly, the game at all levels of play starts with fundamentals. With no solid fundamentals, nobody can improve or compete to a decent level. I see too many players—even good players—with poor fundamentals; they hold the cue wrong, along with bad stance and no balance. The three main keys to good fundamentals are cue action,

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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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