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Forum: Ask The Instructor Today, 05:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 330
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I teach a progressive bridge drill, to gain feel...

I teach a progressive bridge drill, to gain feel and skill in cue ball speed (later you can use one bridge length for all open shots if you wish, in actual play):

The bridge is the distance...
Forum: Ask The Instructor 12-20-2019, 06:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,508
Posted By BilliardsAbout
I hear what you're saying and it's intriguing,...

I hear what you're saying and it's intriguing, but often, players who struggle with consistency but consistently finish to one side have aim/alignment issues.
Forum: Ask The Instructor 12-20-2019, 06:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 623
Posted By BilliardsAbout
I agree that the players should say, "we'd like...

I agree that the players should say, "we'd like you to watch this hit because . . . "
Forum: Ask The Instructor 12-19-2019, 07:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 623
Posted By BilliardsAbout
Being asked to referee a shot implies you...

Being asked to referee a shot implies you understand the rules for the upcoming shot. You were asked to watch "the hit on the 10-ball". The hit resulted in a foul.
Forum: Ask The Instructor 12-16-2019, 07:41 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,370
Posted By BilliardsAbout
Don't cause neck and back pain by twisting your...

Don't cause neck and back pain by twisting your neck or torso to lower your head to see the shots. You can see the shots well by adjusting your feet and legs to accommodate everything so that your...
Forum: Aiming Conversation 12-12-2019, 06:31 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,786
Posted By BilliardsAbout
As important and often overlooked--how you stand...

As important and often overlooked--how you stand before you get down to the shot must likewise be consistent.

When I walk toward a destination, my head and eyes are level and my nose/body center...
Forum: Aiming Conversation 12-11-2019, 08:47 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,786
Posted By BilliardsAbout
A key is how the player transitions their cue and...

A key is how the player transitions their cue and body from the erect stance behind the full line to "getting down" on the contact point. "I just sort of figure it out by feel" works for some, like...
Forum: Ask The Instructor 12-11-2019, 08:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,176
Posted By BilliardsAbout
With the feet in stance position, moving the body...

With the feet in stance position, moving the body vertically tends to move the head laterally as well, so consider at what height your line of sight is solid, to help you lock in.
Forum: Ask The Instructor 12-04-2019, 05:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,518
Posted By BilliardsAbout
Calculating the path of all balls set in motion,...

Calculating the path of all balls set in motion, including the cb, is necessary. For someone working on a complex shot (combos) I'd recommend placing all three balls relatively close to each other...
Forum: Ask The Instructor 12-04-2019, 05:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,508
Posted By BilliardsAbout
On the first link, watch your head for the entire...

On the first link, watch your head for the entire clip. See what you did during the backstroke and forward stroke? Where is your vision center/best head and eyes position when you play?

On the...
Forum: Ask The Instructor 12-03-2019, 06:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,518
Posted By BilliardsAbout
I'm okay with that statement with a...

I'm okay with that statement with a qualification. Learning to throw cuts in is important. Also, skid or slide helps as a reference for calculating the path of the first ob in the combo. "Never hit a...
Forum: Aiming Conversation 12-03-2019, 05:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,308
Posted By BilliardsAbout
There are two parts to your statement: Bad...

There are two parts to your statement:

Bad mechanics = Bad Shots
Aim Systems = Unhelpful

Separate them in your mind. You're right about one of them, but believe me, taking someone from one...
Forum: Ask The Instructor 12-02-2019, 07:38 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,518
Posted By BilliardsAbout
The 99 book is awesome, there are only a few...

The 99 book is awesome, there are only a few errors, so ask her as you read it...

...It's helpful to plan to hit the first ball in the combo with skid/no spin. Setup some combos for practice and...
Forum: Ask The Instructor 11-18-2019, 07:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,630
Posted By BilliardsAbout
You can learn a lot of things from...

You can learn a lot of things from non-instructors--that are horribly wrong. I'm not the only instructor who has heard from amateurs, "I don't need paid lessons, Billy here at my APA team is teaching...
Forum: Ask The Instructor 11-12-2019, 08:01 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,402
Posted By BilliardsAbout
It depends on the quality of input/instruction....

It depends on the quality of input/instruction. Practicing wrongly doesn't help more when more hours are worked.
Forum: Ask The Instructor 11-12-2019, 07:59 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,444
Posted By BilliardsAbout
That is helpful, thank you, and may relate to...

That is helpful, thank you, and may relate to intense focus.

I find what separates good league players from strong league players, often, is the ability to create Plan B after making a shot but...
Forum: Main Forum 10-23-2019, 07:35 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,910
Posted By BilliardsAbout
Overcutting a shot with inside, as implied above,...

Overcutting a shot with inside, as implied above, has to do with not adjusting for deflection.

On shots below a 30-degree cut, inside does little for the cue ball, but can make a handy aiming aid...
Forum: Ask The Instructor 10-23-2019, 07:30 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,444
Posted By BilliardsAbout
I tend to say, "Don't care where the object ball...

I tend to say, "Don't care where the object ball goes, let's talk cue ball," however, that's for better players who make slight misses, where correct cue ball speed will adjust for both o.b. throw...
Forum: Ask The Instructor 10-22-2019, 05:43 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,444
Posted By BilliardsAbout
If your skill level is below the top/perfect...

If your skill level is below the top/perfect position, then play/practice/think not only about a precise landing spot for the cue ball, but whether a little short of that spot or a little long is the...
Forum: Ask The Instructor 10-21-2019, 05:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,103
Posted By BilliardsAbout
Hi Scott, Tom made a nice income from his...

Hi Scott,

Tom made a nice income from his popular pool clinics, and would also almost always share that income with fellow instructors. I don't think he needed to push products hard and he wasn't...
Forum: Ask The Instructor 10-15-2019, 05:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,630
Posted By BilliardsAbout
I see questions in the Main Forum, and guess that...

I see questions in the Main Forum, and guess that people go there (mainly!) and forget to post here.
Forum: Main Forum 09-26-2019, 06:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,168
Posted By BilliardsAbout
Some aim on some shots as described above, aim...

Some aim on some shots as described above, aim here, straight stroke there.

Others use a bit of wrist twist to apply english. "Tuck and roll" seems more like that move than "Tuck and stroke".
...
Forum: Ask The Instructor 09-26-2019, 06:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,103
Posted By BilliardsAbout
Thank you for the correction, Scott. Please be...

Thank you for the correction, Scott. Please be sure, though, when you make an accusation. Tom has passed on and cannot defend his store and his widow's income from such a claim.

He would, like any...
Forum: Ask The Instructor 09-20-2019, 05:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,103
Posted By BilliardsAbout
Tom Simpson's Stroke Groover? Allows the player...

Tom Simpson's Stroke Groover? Allows the player to feel when/if they drop their elbow. A pure pendulum-style player would improve using it, or a J- or piston-stroke player who wants to work on timing.
Forum: Main Forum 09-20-2019, 05:23 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,326
Posted By BilliardsAbout
Is more "umph" more wrist action to you? More cue...

Is more "umph" more wrist action to you? More cue ball roll distance? More draw? I have some ideas for you but need more information.
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