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    Nick Varner

    The American Efren. He’s never out of a match regardless of the score. A truly entertaining man to watch.
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    Aiming for power draw

    Getting the shaft turned down to about 12mm and putting a good tip, like a Kamui, helps immensely. To me, it’s much easier to contact low without miscueing this way. Anything less than 12mm feels a little too thin to me. I use preflag masters but I’m sure that’s more psychological than anything...
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    How to combat slow players?

    Use his slow game shark bs against him. Learn to play even slower than he does. Take 30 seconds to get up from the chair and act like you’re not even paying attention to him or the match. It’s about as dirty as it gets and I abhor sharking, but it gets the point across.
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    your paying too much for cues

    $300 or less, get a McDermott. You’ll get a cue that is well made and plays well. It won’t go up in value, but neither will anything else at that price point…. Unless you find a Gus at an estate sale or something.
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    your paying too much for cues

    “ I have no idea what made it hit so good” That’s pretty much it. I haven’t changed the taper or had it turned down. I break with it. I’ll even take it in places tied together with a rubber band if I don’t want the case getting smokey.
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    your paying too much for cues

    I’ve had around 12 cues or so, up to about $2,000 in value so nothing extreme but not cheap. My Madden and Omen were artwork and played so sweet. Every McDermott plays consistently good. Troy Downey makes a sneaky good cue. I had long wanted an it’s George cue based off of reputation, and I...
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    Advice on how to stay down on the shot more consistently?

    People lift up for different reasons. What’s yours? Treat the reason, not the symptom.
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    Advice on how to stay down on the shot more consistently?

    But seriously, and it may sound weird, but when I find myself more glitchy with my stroke, I take a wider and more stable stance, I bend my front knee a smidge more, and I concentrate on keeping my base, and especially my pelvis stable. If the pelvis is stable, everything north of it will be as...
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    your paying too much for cues

    High quality reel to reel plays pretty sporty!
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    Advice on how to stay down on the shot more consistently?

    Humans are best adept at change when we have to change. It was told to me one night by a local shortstop to ‘shoot every shot like my life depended on it.’ I liked the idea, but needed to put my own personal, dark, you sick bastard kind of twist on it. I call it my 3/5/7 method. Imagine a...
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    The best room consensus.

    Chattanooga Billiards Club. I’ve been going there for 15 years. The gciv I’ve played on every time I’m there plays perfect. It always plays perfect. It is always clean. All the tables look like that. It’s classy, but not too much. It is the perfect blend of date night and being a players room...
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    Your 1st Cue, 30 Years Later

    My first cue was a birthday present when I was 19, so probably around 1997. Bubinga Merry Widow USA made McDermott (think they were all USA back then). Black Irish linen wrap with white spots with a wood to wood joint. eBay purchase from no one other than Joe Rackem (his real early days). I...
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    Where are you all from?

    Grew up in NC, now living in Georgia (the state) since 2009. I kind of like it here.
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    Best Shot to Gauge Skill

    Middle diamond on the head rail shooting a spot shot with inside English, playing to lag within 6” of where you shot from. Anyone who can make that 2 or more times out of 10 can play. … edit: on dirty equipment. You make that shot 3x in a row, The answer will be, ‘no, we can’t play a little.’
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    Archers Not So Comeback and Commentary

    Pretty much spot on. Hood is an understatement. I definitely watched my back walking to my car.
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    Archers Not So Comeback and Commentary

    I went to Archers enough to see the unfortunate decline. It had promise. The location wasn’t bad. Price was very reasonable. I played one of the first games on the gc6. Johnny came over and introduced himself. Rodney was there as well. He gave me his personal number and was just a regular guy...
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    Do you think these pockets were too large?

    I really value your civil response. It’s rare these days to disagree cordially. Our viewpoints just differ. What you call nostalgia is what I call real pool. What you saw as a problem in the game, I saw as good. It’s an interesting dichotomy of thought, which is why this thread is what it is...
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    Do you think these pockets were too large?

    So what could we expect to see under the conditions I proposed and why would the results be problematic? What I’m getting at is this. The solution to the perceived problem completely changed the game, and in its current state, it barely resembles the once beautiful, charismatic, almost poetic...
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    Do you think these pockets were too large?

    I’ll ask the question: What would happen in a pro tournament if tables were 4.5” on GCIV’s with slow cloth, no jump sticks allowed (ok to jump with full length cue), and let’s just say for giggles no break cues allowed either. Winner breaks. First to 18 games wins (since it’s so easy, people...
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    Do you think these pockets were too large?

    Pool became the thing I enjoyed the most when I saw what real pool looked like back in the 90s on ESPN. I grew up in Raleigh, NC. Pool central at the time. On tv: earl, Johnny, Reyes, bustamante, Parica. These dudes ran balls. They rifled in shots, the cue ball did ish I didn’t know was...
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