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Who are considered the best teachers right now? - 05-03-2017, 06:00 PM

I'm assuming a lot of world champs like ray martin will be mentioned. Also, is it because of their way to approaching the game? How they teach?
  
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05-05-2017, 06:49 AM

I don't know whether he still gives lessons but I'd track down Ray Martin and beg him to give me lessons if I was inclined to take lessons. He would easily be my first choice.

His book 99 critical shots is one of the best on pool and he is a world champion.
  
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05-07-2017, 03:50 PM

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05-08-2017, 09:26 AM

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05-09-2017, 06:52 PM

Robin Dreyer, Portland, Oregon.

I'm totally interested in 9 ball right now but during my four hour lesson with Robin, I asked him to spend an hour or two on 14:1. I had never seen anyone crack open the rack calling the head ball into the side pocket and making it 9 times out of 10? I'm not sure if he'd recommend that against a 200 player! Now, I'm a novice at this game and maybe you all know how to do that but have found it too risky. Then he proceeded to show me where to leave the break out ball and how to handle it from 30+ locations. He has written an extensive paper called 85 breakout positions and how to shoot them. How to hit the rack and how not to. Scratch lines, safeties, etc. etc. Was a fantastic intro to the game. I'm not sure I'll gravitate to 14;1, but my interest has risen. Robin can and does teach all games but 14:1 happens to be his favorite. Take advantage while he is virtually unknown. Raise your game and book a lesson with Robin Dreyer! www.robindreyer.com


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05-14-2017, 04:57 PM

ray martin was my guess too
he is knowledgeable ,practical and easy to understand
  
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05-14-2017, 07:45 PM

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Robin Dreyer, Portland, Oregon.

He has written an extensive paper called 85 breakout positions and how to shoot them.
Does he have this available for purchase? Might be a couple of good tidbits in there even for more advanced players.

Oregon is a bit of a hike for a lesson, though.

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05-14-2017, 10:50 PM

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Does he have this available for purchase? Might be a couple of good tidbits in there even for more advanced players.

Oregon is a bit of a hike for a lesson, though.

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I, also, would be interested in obtaining the material on "85 breakout positions and how to shoot them."

denwhit -- any chance you could convince Robin to sell that material to interested AzBers?
  
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05-16-2017, 08:17 PM

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denwhit -- any chance you could convince Robin to sell that material to interested AzBers?
I'd be interested.
  
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05-17-2017, 07:57 AM

Great recommendations so far. I'd add Dan Barouty to the list, a very scholarly old schooler with truly great communication skills. Bobby Hunter and Tony Robles, too. We all know that DiLiberto coached Stefan Cohen with great success, so Danny should be on the short list.

One tricky aspect of the question is the matter of who actually does teach. For example, Mosconi once referred to Rempe as the best pattern player in the world, but does Jimmy teach 14.1? Allen Hopkins, Nick Varner, Dallas West and Mike Sigel are all super-gurus, but do they teach? To learn the defensive part of the game, I'd go to Allen Hopkins, the best defensive 14.1 player ever not named Irving Crane, but does Allen teach defense?

In the end, find someone who can give a series of lessons on a planned schedule. I am not of the opinion that you'll advance very far taking a single lesson from any instructor. Word of mouth recommendations are also very valuable in selecting an instructor.
  
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05-17-2017, 01:18 PM

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One tricky aspect of the question is the matter of who actually does teach. For example, Mosconi once referred to Rempe as the best pattern player in the world, but does Jimmy teach 14.1?
I can vouch for Rempe. He does teach 14.1.


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I can vouch for Rempe. He does teach 14.1.
Or, at least, he used to. Wasn't Rempe trying to sell his home table a while ago? That led me to wonder whether he was also giving up teaching.

Edit -- here's the thread: http://forums.azbilliards.com/showthread.php?t=435246

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05-17-2017, 06:36 PM

I know Dallas West used to give lessons as well. I don't know how well Jim Rempe teaches one on one, but I know from his accu-stats commentary he's a great communicator.

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06-03-2017, 07:20 PM

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I'm assuming a lot of world champs like ray martin will be mentioned. Also, is it because of their way to approaching the game? How they teach?
Save your money and arrange a multi hour or multi day lesson with Robin Dreyer in Portland, Or for about a 1/3 of what the big names charge. You can pay for the airfare, hotel, lessons and still come out better than just $$$ for lessons with the big names. www.robindreyer.com


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