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    San Diego player's you enjoyed sweating...

    Hi Louis, Since you grew up in the San Diego area, were there any particular San Diego players who matched up frequently and you enjoyed sweating their matches/action games. I know the obvious player is Swanee but I'm sure there must have been some other great SD players who caught your...
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    Tang Hoa and Dave Hemmah

    Jay, Where can I reach Dave for lessons? Thanks!
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    The Young Efren

    Hey Jay, And isn't it true that when the American's first saw his stroke they thought he would be easy money. I heard some pro mention he had this wild pump stroke and no-one thought it would hold up over extended periods or extreme pressure and that's why everyone was lining up to play him...
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    The Young Efren

    Cool photos!! Maybe the earliest Efren photo in a poolroom? I can see why early filipinos would pick their legs up when leaning over the table as spectators are nearly on top of them while shooting LOL! Can't imagine many other photos would exist of Efren during this time or do they! BTW...
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    The Young Efren

    Do any photos exist of Efren pre-1984 playing pool? Even rarer, any video of Efren ever taken from the 70's??
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    Is it tough to gain respect from other Pro Players?

    Thank you for the honest and thoughtful reply Louis. Great story about Ralph!! I've always gotten the impression that Ralph was nothing but a gentleman both on and off the table. Doesn't seem to have an egotistical bone in his body and a true class act, much like yourself. Just wondering...
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    Is it tough to gain respect from other Pro Players?

    Hey Louis, Care to reflect on when you first starting going to professional tournaments and how you felt intermingling with the top pro's. How did they treat you and was it hard to gain the respect and friendship of other professionals when you first started out and noone knew who you were...
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    Tell me about Jay Swanson

    Does anyone have recollections of any big money matches that Swanee participated in San Diego. Louis Ulrich in his forum mentioned that many of the top filipinos passed thru San Diego along with many other great champions. Did Efren, Parica or any other top notch players match up with Swanee...
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    How have you developed such a great break shot?

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    How have you developed such a great break shot?

    Louis, one last question. On your final stroke when breaking, do you look last at the object ball or are you looking last at the cue ball to make sure you hit whitey dead center?
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    How have you developed such a great break shot?

    Thanks, I will definitely check out Shane's break for some additional pointers. So then one of the keys is to strike that cueball as dead center as possible or do you like to put a little low english for draw. Also, do you recommend a longer bridge for the break and do you like getting your...
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    How have you developed such a great break shot?

    Hello Louis, Thanks again for your time and all the great feedback you have given us. I happened to see a video of you playing and was fascinated with how smooth and effortless you are at breaking the balls and the incredible action you get with what looks like minimal effort. Do you have any...
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    How to properly execute a jump shot?

    Hi Louis, Any advice on how to properly approach and execute a tough jump shot. What tips can you give to get that ball skyward in a controlled manner and also how do you get that incredible draw on your jump shots?? Do you prefer a jump cue or just your regular cue and do you have practice...
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    How to achieve proper body & cue alignment?

    Hi Louis, Hope everything is going well!! My question has to do with approaching your shot and getting your body and cue stick comfortably into natural alignment. I happen to struggle at times with getting my eyes, cue stick & stroking arm in that perfect line. Do you mind going over again...
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    Advice on inside & outside english??

    Thanks alot Louis. So then if you want more spin you would just twist a little more, and less spin would require very little twisting. This is where you say you are the source of the english and feel comes into play. Do you still allow a bit for deflection on your shots when you shoot harder...
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    Advice on inside & outside english??

    Hi Louis, I remember seeing a video by Bert Kinister where he proclaimed that he had found the secret to english control without the need to compensate for deflection/curve when cueing. On his tape he said that Tony Robles had revealed to him a long held secret that many pros used (including...
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    Your 1st big time gambling match...

    Thanks Louis for all your responses and valuable information. It's very interesting hearing of a seasoned pro's early days in pool and all the struggles and hardships encountered before finally breaking thru. Did you travel much on the road early on looking for action and if you did, do you...
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    Your 1st big time gambling match...

    Wasn't on the video but a great story LOL! Hey Louis, a question for you: How many years into your pool career before you felt ready to get involved in big money matches with some of the top players?
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    Your 1st big time gambling match...

    I actually had a videotape of Swanee playing a super young Johnny Archer (from around 1989 or 90) in a San Diego challenge match called Heavyweight Billiards. All the commentators including Robin Bell, Howard Vickery noted how smooth and effortless Swanee played. Race to 15 and Archer won...
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    Your 1st big time gambling match...

    Thank you for all the responses Louis. I got into pool just after Jay Swanson passed away in 1996. I wished I could have seen him play while he was alive. Everyone tells me he was the smoothest player around and pretty much owned the San Diego pool players. Did you pick up pointers from his...
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