Tony Crosby drilled into me the importance of getting in line with the shot. Getting in line means walking into the shot down the line that you sight to pocket the ball or play safe. Tony watched me for just a few minutes and summarized my old approach as table hugging. That is I walked across the line for the next shot.

Stand back and sight the line to pocket the ball or play safe. Once you have sighted the line to pocket the ball or play safe walk into the line to get set on the table to pocket the ball or play safe.

My shot making percentages go up when I walk into the line to pocket the ball. Oftem times when I miss I reflect that I did not get in line to make the shot but rather I walked across the line to get set like a table hugger.

When you stand back from the shot and follow the path to the line of the shot you are more likely to set correctly into the shot.

Quit the table hugging and get in line with the shot. Simple. Yes. But difficult if you have spent a life time as a table hugger.

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In my post 10 Ways to Improve Pool Skills I discussed two tools to build a straight pool stroke. I have found another tool that can aid in developing an efficient stroke for your pool game.

Over at PoolClinics.com Tom Simpson a BCA master instructor, has come up with the Stroke Groover. It is a simple device used to keep from putting your entire arm into the stroke. Using this device I have developed through muscle memory a smooth efficient stroke. The principle is the least number of moving parts in a stroke the more accurate the delivery of the cue stick to the cue ball.

Consistency in pool requires that you hit the cue at the intended spot every time. The Stoke Groover trains your muscle to deliver the cue stick without moving the elbow up or down so that your forearm acts as a pendulum to deliver a consistent swing.

I have combined this tool with the stroke trainer and use both tools at the same time. I try to do 150 strokes at a time and do this several times a week. This has been very effective in developing a purer stroke.

I recommend Tom Simpson’s Stroke Groover.

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Billiards Instruction – CTE / Pro One DVD Review

December 10, 2011

Stan Shuffett’s CTE Pro One DVD instructs the pool and billiard player in using the CTE (Center To Edge) aiming system and then demonstrates his adaptation of the CTE technique. I found the DVD useful, frustrating and rewarding. Stan starts the video explaining the CTE aiming system. I had heard about CTE from a friend [...]

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Billards Instruction – “Little” Joe Villalpando’s Pool I.Q. Kick Shots DVD review

November 1, 2011

Billiards and Pool Instruction DVD Review An accomplished billiards and pool player friend told me about Villalpando’s Kick Shot DVD and recommended it. I looked for the DVD and found it here http://pooliq.net. I found the DVD to be informative and had a new approach for me for two rail kick shots. I had not [...]

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The Most Complicated Pool Trick shot Ever

October 9, 2011

I promise, this is my last vid from Filecabi.net. Anyways, this is a video of a guy participating in a pool trick contest, and sets up a riduculous contraption. Watch it, pretty cool. Duration : 0:1:6 Technorati Tags: awesome, cool, dwayne, Funny, hilarious, insane, james, knock, kobe, lebron, nba, nfl, nhl, nice, out, shaq, shot, [...]

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Digitally Assisted Billiards

October 9, 2011

This is our ECE 4180 “Embedded systems” Final Project. Duration : 0:5:22 [click to continue…] Technorati Tags: ECE 4180, Final Project, Georgia Tech

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2011 Super Billiards Expo Alex Pagulayn v Shane Van Boening

October 9, 2011

2011 Super Billiards Expo Alex Pagulayn v Shane Van Boening from the Diamond Player Championship played March 10-13, 2011. See more free live streaming at http://www.insidepoolmag.com Made possible by http://www.simoniscloth.com http://www.tigerproducts.com http://www.billiardcommunity.com http://www.hammerheadhustling.com http://www.cuesight.com http://www.thecutshot.com Duration : 2:35:45 Technorati Tags: Alex Pagulayn, billiards, Shane Van Boening, Super Billiards Expo

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Billiards US Open 9-Ball Championship – Schmidt vs. Nevel

October 9, 2011

The “Honeymooner” (at least that’s what they called him in 2004) John Schmidt of Florida faces off with the powerful Larry Nevel. Both players break the balls with great power. But pool is a finesse game and pocketing balls with surgical efficiency is the key to winning. This is the second of 13 feature matches [...]

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Pro Billiards Tour Legends of 9-Ball: Efren Reyes v. Jim Rempe

October 9, 2011

This is a Classic 9-Ball match from the PBT Legends of 9-Ball Tournament, January 1996, at the the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, between two of the sports best players of the time, Efren Reyes and Jim Rempe. Steve Mizerak commentates with Nick Varner and host Tom Kelly. Seen in the audience are Johnny Archer, [...]

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Billiards US Open 9-Ball Championship: Efren Reyes v Schmidt

October 9, 2011

Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBV9c-PtaPA Audio note: There is background audio from the tournament director in the beginning, until the 6:30 mark. But don’t let that turn you off this great match. Facing the world’s greatest player in Efren Reyes, John Schmidt looked untouchable after ten racks and was shooting a .980 performance average and leading [...]

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