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    10 Reasons Why the HALF-BALL HIT is so Important

    Good post - I like hearing what PJ has to say, and you have boosted some choice bits. One point I don't get: in what way does what you have quoted conflict with 'feel' (which I think all good players have as their guiding star). For me a precis of what you have quoted might be: 'focus intently...
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    10 Reasons Why the HALF-BALL HIT is so Important

    I didn't know that - very satisfying!
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    About those Chinese 8-ball tables

    Thanks for the link - very useful. However, reading it I note that it does not actually say whether this form of pool originated in the UK or elsewhere. All it says is "By the late 1970s the game had become well established throughout the United Kingdom. Other countries in which it gained...
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    He won his first professional ranking event at aged 17 years and 358 days

    Nice shoes! From his size, you would have thought that he needed some pretty serious platforms in order to play well at that age but apparently not. I remember seeing Ronnie's name regularly in the last 16 or last 32 of pro-ams when he was about 13 (there were typically 128 or occasionally...
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    10 Reasons Why the HALF-BALL HIT is so Important

    Although english-billiards players tend to favor a 'thick half-ball' hit, notwithstanding that theoretically a pure hb hit should maximize the latitude in relation to both direction and pace of cb and ob after the collision. I wonder why this is? Would the theoretical analysis change...
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    Stepping into the shot - slow or fast?

    I am surprised at the lack of responses to this question, given the importance of this part of the pre shot routine. In my view the important thing is to properly prepare for the shot when standing up and then step into position without your head moving laterally. If you just step naturally...
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    About those Chinese 8-ball tables

    I agree that of course the game is a spin off from US style 8 ball; but whereas in the US the 'bar box' is cut down pool table, in the UK it is a mini snooker table; and whereas in the US, coin operated tables employed an oversized cue ball, in the UK a smaller white was used. But I would...
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    About those Chinese 8-ball tables

    Credit where it's due, it was the Australians who came up with the idea. Rex Williams (former snooker and english billiards pro) saw them while visiting Aus and brought the idea back to England in the 1970's I think. Not as popular in British pubs now as they used to be.
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    51 years, Snooker Scene magazine

    From Twitter: Snooker Scene Retweeted Subscribe https://curtis-sport.com/online-store/Snooker-Scene-12-Month-Subscription-p503608981… November issue https://curtis-sport.com/online-store/Snooker-Scene-November-2022-p503596961… Snooker Scene
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    51 years, Snooker Scene magazine

    Yes, I think that this is right. My impression over the years was that this was pretty much a labour of love on the part of Clive Everton; but there are a few others who might follow in his footsteps. The independence point is an interesting one. There have been times in snooker's past where...
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    New player -- cross eye dominant

    I am not sure that I followed all your argument - probably me being stupid. So rather than me exhibiting my stupidity in public, I will message you privately! However I will make a couple of observations that were prompted by your comments and may be of general interest. If I understand you...
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    New player -- cross eye dominant

    Hi. I will have to do some digging - it was almost 10 years ago that I was looking into this. But I found a couple of leads that might be helpful (or at least by a good starting point for further research). Both these relate to firearms, and ShootingArts might have some valuable input...
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    New player -- cross eye dominant

    Hi Fran. Thanks for your reply. I hear you when you talk about lack of clarity in this area. The two types of eye dominance that you have identified, and the lack of distinguishing between the two in the literature, seems a very good example. That particular issue is something that I was...
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    New player -- cross eye dominant

    In short, I am sure that it is and advantage, but I am not 100% why. I have some ideas though. I was looking into this some years ago, but never actually finished my research and wrote up my findings. I now have more time on my hands and am considering picking this up again. But from memory...
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    Eye Dominant?

    Patrick, Sorry for being a bit late to the party, but you seem to be making a distinction between eye dominance and vision center that I do not really understand. The way I think about it, an individual's eye dominance will be on a scale ranging from 100% left eye dominant to 100% right eye...
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    New player -- cross eye dominant

    Contra-lateral dominance is an advantage in billiards, so nothing to worry about. A new player will likely look and/or feel awkward initially because his or her body will not have become used to twisting into the shooting position that will eventually become natural. I would not recommend too...
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    The Grindfather

    One of the greats. Tremendous powers of concentration, faultless shot selection and a very endearing smile! Didn't like cheating pockets either - right in the centre with a crack! Not a quick player, but certainly an enjoyable one to watch.
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    Why pool is different !!!

    I agree that gambling is not a big factor in snooker's success. Snooker took off commercially in the early 80's, and the betting companies have only been significant sponsors relatively recently. And gambling is not going to be pool's saviour - it is a chicken and egg situation: The big...
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    How Parris Cues Are Made

    It occurs to me that with an ash cue the advantage of having the chevrons uppermost is that this is usually the least worst option. The grain on the side of an ash cue is not actually that straight - it is wood after all - and may well give the illusion that the cue is not perfectly straight.
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    How Parris Cues Are Made

    It certainly is something that a player is capable of perceiving while playing; but I am not convinced that it actually contributes anything useful. If it did, where good ash cues are commonplace, one would expect all the top pros to use ash rather than maple, and for them all to orientate the...
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