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  1. Billy_Bob

    draw sheets

    Finding the correct "term" for these things is the key! They are called "tournament brackets". Search google.com for the words... tournament brackets
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    neck problems?

    When I first started playing I frequently lost and seldom broke. Then I practiced a ton every day and learned all I could. Then I started winning a bunch of games all of a sudden. Therefore I suddenly started breaking a LOT. This gave me neck problems and a stiff right upper shoulder. It gets...
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    Have a drink or pass?

    In the past when I have gone to league regionals which are 8:00 am to 10:00 pm 2 day tournaments, those teams which start out the first morning drinking beer seem to disappear by noon the first day. The teams drinking water tend to make it to the next day.
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    PIVOT POINTS & DEFLECTION amount on cues

    There is also FHE of Front Hand English where you aim dead center, keep your back hand still, move your front hand a little left/right for the amount of english you want, then shoot. I prefer a low deflection cue for this very reason. When the cue ball is on or near the rail, it is impossible...
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    "draw for show, follow for dough"

    Two things: 1. What goes forward will hit a rail and come back. (You can go backwards by first going forwards!) 2. When the cue ball hits a rail at an angle, if there is a lot of "running english" (spin on the ball), this will increase the speed of the ball. With the above said, many times...
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    wrong weight question?

    If you are a serious player, I would suggest getting your own accurate scale. I have my own scale and I have found that many cue weights are not what they are marked! For speed control, it is essential that you pick a weight of cue you prefer, then make darn sure any future cues you buy also...
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    Getting better at Long, straight in shots.

    A good way to practice is to "exaggerate it"... If you have your own table, get one of those construction "chalk lines" from the hardware store. (This is a string on a reel with powdered chalk on it. Pull out the line and snap it to mark the table. Vacuum up the excess chalk on the table.) Make...
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    My dog stole and "slimed" my cue ball!

    I was playing pool with my friend at home and he broke by shooting down on the cue ball too much... ...Well the cue ball went flying off the table and landed on the floor. My dog (black Lab) saw this opportunity to have a bit of fun, so she grabbed the cue ball, then quickly ran outside through...
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    Helping rank beginners

    I've had luck with day 1 beginners by telling them that first they 1st need to learn get the cue ball to go where they want - get the cue ball to go where they are aiming. So practice with just the cue ball on the table. Get the cue ball to hit the far center diamond again and again. (Work on...
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    Lessons or No Lessons, how far did you go?

    I feel there are some things I can't do on my own... I can't see my stroke for example. And since this is *my*stroke, I want only the best advice as to what I should change or what I am doing wrong. So only a good pro will do for this. So I would advise going to a pro instructor, have him look...
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    Playing with a flat tip.

    I would say that recently scuffing the tip is what gave you better draw. BTW - The edge of the tip is what contacts the ball with a draw shot. I noticed this when I first started playing. I would scuff my tip and get better draw, then as the tip became slick with use, I would get less draw. I...
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    The Price We Pay For Improving

    Well first of all, they are not your friends! I had this happen too (people stopped wanting to play me) and I don't like it one bit. Basically if I want other people to play me for fun, I have to intentionally lose or play less than my ability. So that is what I do... Lose, lose, lose. Then...
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    How do you control the lag?

    I always use the same exact weight cue... And I practice and practice and practice speed control... I practice shooting just the cue ball 1/2 diamond. Then 1 diamond. Then 2 diamonds. Then 3. Then 4, 5, etc... To far rail. To far rail and back 1 diamond. Etc. All the up to 3 rails. Before...
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    Drills for cheap people

    Basically the thing with drills is that you practice them, then get good at them. So you need a constant fresh source of drills! I've found the best thing is to keep track of shots I miss. Take paper and pen with you when playing. Diagram the shots you miss. Then make your own drills based on...
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    Need Help, Idea's...

    Well for one, I keep hearing that there is going to be a recession this year in the U.S., that gas prices might reach $4.00 a gallon, and that there might be some inflation. Basically this means that people will have less spending money for fun stuff and they will be doing things to cut their...
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    Feeling bad for playing safe in a bar

    Well just ignore this if it happens again. If someone starts informing you of the rules and you are playing bar rules (no rules), say "Where does it say that? Let me see this rule! I would like to read this rule!" (Of course there is no written rule anywhere for any of this stuff. People just...
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    Feeling bad for playing safe in a bar

    Well there is BCA rules play with good players and all safeties are allowed and complimented on by the opposing player as a good shot. Then there is "bar rules" play which means there are no rules and obvious safeties are not allowed. Actually any sort of obvious "thinking" or "strategy" is a...
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    need help with potting, please send some drill

    Watch these two short videos... http://www.engr.colostate.edu/~dga/pool/normal_videos/NV3-1.htm http://www.engr.colostate.edu/~dga/pool/normal_videos/NV3-2.htm The above will give you the basic place to aim for each shot. Next practice one shot at a time. Place the cue ball and object ball on...
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    fun games/drills for setting/english

    I have a lady friend who is not into serious pool, but plays just for fun. So she is not the least bit interested in how to leave the cue ball, etc. Basically I taught her two things for 8-ball which she REALLY likes. 1. First was to shoot each ball so it gets near a pocket and stops or at...
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    Billiards Digest Forum new URL...

    FYI - The Billiards Digest forum (CCB) upgraded their forum software and changed the URL to... http://www.billiardsdigest.com/forums I was able to login OK...
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