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    "_____________" on Aiming (Fill in the blank with any pro player.)

    True, as far as developing good visual/hand-eye aiming skills, shortcuts do exist. But table time is still required. Poolology may require less table time than other methods before an improvement in consistency is noticed, but many players simply don't invest much time. They want immediate...
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    "_____________" on Aiming (Fill in the blank with any pro player.)

    Every now and then a thread appears about some pro player's take on aiming. Though some of the information might be good and useful, it's really just another person's opinion on aiming. Granted, pros are very good at all aspects of the game, so their opinions should hold more weight than the...
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    Jasmin Ouschan on aiming

    Answer: No, a "pool player" doesn't need to think fractions in order to see how to pocket a ball. Fractional aiming simply provides consistent references that beginning and aspiring players can use to help build solid visual aiming skills. It doesn't take long at all, when using...
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    Jasmin Ouschan on aiming

    Yeah, she mentions the importance of having references, but then talks about using trial and error, estimating that invisible ghostball, over and over, until you get it working. 🙄 It makes more sense to me (if one is going to rely on the trial-and-error approach) that using consistent visual...
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    CTE Stepping Cue Ball.

    Duckie, is that you? 😆
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    Good video about SIT compensation.

    I really like this guy's style. I've watched several of his videos and subscribed to his channel a few weeks ago. He's entertaining and provides a lot of useful information.
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    Fractional aiming and required accuracy

    You're right, Poolology is not for you. It's really geared toward helping players reach your level of pocketing skills. Thanks for getting "Playing to Win"! I think it's a much better book than Poolology, especially for players that already have a good eye and stroke for pocketing balls.
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    Fractional aiming and required accuracy

    N We're good. And no need to talk to Tom. He wasn't disrespectful at all, not in the slightest. He just had no interest in talking about anything other than ghostball when I mentioned aiming. His main point was that the ghostball is always 1.125" away from the ob. My point was how that...
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    Fractional aiming and required accuracy

    Dr. Cue (Tom Rossman) has the same mentality when it comes to teaching aiming. He is 100% ghostball and refuses to consider the value or benefit of using any other method. I had just published Poolology, and I was going to give him a copy of the book to read so I could pick his brain...
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    Fractional aiming and required accuracy

    Ok. You stand in the camp with those who think fractional aiming is a limited or insufficient method when it comes to learning how to aim. That's fine. You're not alone. But I happen to think your entire camp is a bit in the dark when it comes to understanding how aiming skills are...
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    Fractional aiming and required accuracy

    Yep, but it's really not much of an issue unless the cb is closer to the ob. For example, using your diagram, the angle difference when shooting from the farthest cb, compared to the middle cb, is less than 1°. But the angle difference between your closest cb and farthest cb is over 4°...
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    Fractional aiming and required accuracy

    It's like this: The halfball overlap is from two different cb-ob relationships, due to the difference in cb-ob distance. This applies only when the cb remains on the centerline between cb and ob. If the cb gets moved along the aim line (center cb to ob edge), then the angle doesn't shift or...
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    Fractional aiming and required accuracy

    That's right... A halfball aim will always produce a 30° cut angle (ignoring throw), whether the distance between cb and ob is 2 inches or 60 inches. Varying distance between cb and ob doesn't change that 30° angle. It simply shifts the angle away from center pocket. If we set-up a center...
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    Dominant Eye before any aiming system

    I had a friend who was in a car wreck and suffered a broken arm in several places. He had a cast on his right arm for a few months and couldn't stroke the cue, so he started playing left-handed. He is now an ambidextrous player, plays equally well right or left handed. He never struggled...
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    Dominant Eye before any aiming system

    Exactly. And sometimes the mind will do this automatically on its own, without us having any conscious awareness that it's happening.
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    Dominant Eye before any aiming system

    I'm just describing what a dominant eye is, as far as what is known scientifically and medically about how our vision works. It's not my opinion. Research has shown that the brain will occasionally switch its preference from the normally dominant eye to the non-dominate eye, depending on...
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    Dominant Eye before any aiming system

    Many people think a dominate eye sees better or faster or whatever, but that's not quite the case. The dominate eye provides slightly more visual data to the brain, due to more neural connections. So it becomes the leader (for lack of a better term) when it comes to processing what we're...
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    Exact point on the OB vs. exact overlap of CB/OB

    Correct... If we measured the halfway distance from center to edge on the actual surface of the ball (the circumference), it will not be the same as the halfway point along the diameter from center to edge (the radius), not from our visual perspective. For fractional aiming, what we actually...
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    Exact point on the OB vs. exact overlap of CB/OB

    Those anchors become triggers for the subconscious, and you find yourself automatically lining up for most shots with little conscious effort involved.
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    Exact point on the OB vs. exact overlap of CB/OB

    The more visual data provided to the mind, the more efficient and accurate we become at determining where/how to aim. Eventually, with experience, we know how to play most shots as soon as we look at them... no ghostballs or contact points or fractional lines needed, just our eyes looking at...
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