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  1. Maniac

    Switching cues during match....Alex P.

    I was just watching a match (2014 U.S. Open 9-ball) with Alex Pagulayan playing Skyler Woodward. Early on in the match I noticed that Alex was intermittently changing his playing cues. He had four cues out....his breaker, his jump cue, and two different playing cues that he alternated with...
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    Past Derby City champions....no Earl???

    I pulled up the Derby City's website the other day to see the list of all the past champions and noticed that Earl Strickland has not won any event over the tournament's years. Does he not play in the Derby City Classic? Maniac (just curious)
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    WTH are those round, shiny things on my table???

    Well, after struggling with eyesight problems/glasses for more than a few years, I finally had cataract surgery on both eyes. The results are, well........remarkable. I now see with 20/20 vision. Not only are the edges of the balls easier to distinguish, but the colors are more vivid too...
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    Pros shooting the last ball....please explain....

    I had noticed it before but really was made more aware of it while watching Billiard Network YouTube matches that recently have Earl Strickland doing the solo commentary. What I'm seeing (and hearing from Earl) is that when the pros are shooting a money ball (most commonly in rotation and...
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    Still haven't hit a ball with a carbon fiber shaft.

    Who else can say that? Maniac (doesn't feel the need to)
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    Should pool leagues have a Senior League?

    BCAPL, VNEA, APA, etc. Would a Senior League be a good idea? In the league area I play in (Tarrant County APA) and specifically the place I play out of has a fairly good number of older ladies and gents. Many of them I've been playing with/against for years. I've noticed a decline in ability...
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    My idea of a beautiful cue

    It won't be fancy, but it will have more than two types of woods in the forearm/collar/ringwork. It doesn't have to have points, but if so, just natural wood or wood colors. I don't want a lot of loud colors in my cue. This is the type of butt I find aesthetically pleasing...
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    A curiousity about CF shafts.

    I don't own one and at my age and with the amount of cues I already have I may never own one, so I ask you CF shaft owners: Has any owners of any brand of CF shaft ever tried experimenting with cue shaft products like Cue Silk, Molinari Cue Wax, Q Wax, etc.? Just curious as to if cue...
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    Which thread has been the most captivating?

    The RKC steals rails and money thread. The deanoc misrepresents Schmelke cues for profit thread. What are your reasons for your answer? Maniac
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    Dumbest question ever asked on AZB....

    Okay folks, I'm bored. This self quarantine/social-distancing is making me crazy. My question: How does one, or what is the proper way to pick four balls up out of the ball return with one hand? I do not have small hands. Heck, at almost 67 years-old I can still palm a basketball. But for some...
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    Breaking rules...what am I missing here?

    I think I have come up with a good idea about breaking rules to eliminate all the tireless "rack checking" to help speed games/matches up. Whether using a triangle rack or a template, let the loser (of lag or previous game) rack the balls. Then, the breaker checks the rack and either accepts...
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    Slip-on shaft weight. Anybody try this?

    On the Turning Stone XXXIII stream, I saw a product that was a slip=on weight that goes over your shaft, slides down to near the joint, and is supposed to help with cue stability when shooting the cue ball when it's against the rail. I am fairly certain the product was marketed by the same...
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    Run me right off of the forum, but.........

    Does anyone other than me think that SVB is not the pool player that he was a couple years ago? That said, yes, I realize that the competition is as tough now as pool has ever seen. It just seems like he has made far more mental errors lately than he did in his matches a couple/three years...
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    Can't find the video of Deuel vs Immonen

    I'm looking for the video of the US Open (I believe) when Corey Deuel beat Mika Immonen by a score of 11-0. Can anyone provide a link? Maniac
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    2019 U.S. Open straight pool championship......

    Am I missing something here??? They just had a U.S. Open 14.1 championship tournament and John Schmidt didn't even compete in it??? Is there something I'm not seeing? Also....congrats to SVB for taking it down. If I'm seeing the brackets correctly, there were a BUNCH of big names that didn't...
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    Question about JB Rugged cases

    Do the JB Rugged cases have a slot for jump cue butts in the bottom pocket? Thanks in advance for your help. Maniac (I swear honey, this will be the last case I ever buy :rolleyes:)
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    pool balls storage rack...where to find???

    I'm looking for one of those plastic racks like you see just below the ball retrieval slot on a Valley bar box. You know...the rack that holds the six striped balls you don't use when you're playing 9-ball. Can anyone make suggestions/supply a link? Maniac
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    Has JD cues fallen out of favor in America?

    I don't care one way or another, but I am curious. Several years ago when you looked in the For Sale forum, you pretty much saw a Joel Dadivas cue on every page. I just went through the first 25 pages of the forum and didn't see a single one. FWIW, I own one JD cue w/2 shafts. After more than...
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    Where did they go?

    Occasionally here on the forum I see threads wondering where certain players are nowadays. I have three players that easily come to mind and makes me wonder what's going on in their lives...and if they even play competitive pool much anymore. The three players are: Gabe Owen (OK) Sylver Ochoa...
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    This is how pool should be...imho of course.

    By far my favorite video of a pool match: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFefyiLx3Wo No *****in' about the rack. No robotic, stone-faced players. Nice little match with some amiable conversation by two of the greatest. Pool for the spectators would be much more enjoyable (and possibly sell...
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