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    Do you have a "learning style"? Maybe not

    I'd say it was perfect timing. :) I think a lot of people don't realize how much of an artist Ray was and still is. I've sat in the stands and watched him play many times and have had many hours of conversations with him and I've always felt that he had the mentality of a true artist of his...
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    Do you have a "learning style"? Maybe not

    I struggled with this too and it hurt me in a lot of ways because I felt guilty about my selfishness from time-to-time as I worked on my game and pretty much ignored things that were going on around me. Then I'd stop and give myself a reality check, and it would immediately hurt my game. So, is...
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    Do you have a "learning style"? Maybe not

    I like that! What instrument would pool players play if they were musicians? I think Efren would be a violinist. What would you be?
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    Not twisting head off line

    There are a few different types of approaches and that's one of the most common --- and it's perfectly natural for your head to leave the shot line as you step into the shot. Eventually, you will come in from the side both with your head and arm as you place them over your foot which you've...
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    Can't stay down.

    Dan, as you know, there's a difference between making a shot and having it go in accidentally. Of course the accidental one is a fail, but making it with mechanics that aren't up to a player's standards is still a successful shot. If it happened to me, I'd make a mental note to continue to work...
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    Cue vibrates like a tuning fork.

    I guess it depends what shafts you're comparing. I went from a Meucci to a Schuler constant taper. That's like going from a tuning fork to a block of wood. Besides, how do you dispute the feedback a player gets and the adjustments they have to make with all other things being the same? I've been...
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    Cue vibrates like a tuning fork.

    Whoa. I just saw this. Let's be clear here. Most people think of deflection in terms of cb squirt only, but there is also shaft deflection. Speaking about solid wood shafts only: The stiffer the shaft, the less shaft deflection on impact, but that results in greater cb squirt when side spin is...
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    R.I.P. SCOTT LEE

    Terrible news. He chose a tough a path in life, traveling from place to place. It must not have been easy for him often times over the years. I don't know anyone who was more passionate about teaching pool than Scott was; and from what I've read in people's accounts of meeting him over the...
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    Tip diameter

    Thanks for the additional view. Yes, I would have changed that tip for sure. But if you were Mike Sigel, that tip would probably be too thick for you. He used to shave his tips down to where they were nearly gone. That's how he liked them. I could never understand it, and neither could the other...
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    Tip diameter

    Do you have trouble getting backspin, especially on power draw shots? Maybe it's the angle of the image, but it looks pretty flat. Also, it's way too smooth for my taste. But that's just me.
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    Tip diameter

    With Efren, I bet the wet tables in the Philippines influenced the style of play there. I wouldn't even call them damp. They're flat out wet, as I've heard. As for punching the ball, you'll see a lot of that with snooker players and with pool players whose game of choice is 14.1. But not...
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    Tip diameter

    Yes about the lePros Ratta! And they were inconsistent. I used to order them by the box and there would be all different types. Some were harder than others. Like you, we used to press them in a vice to force them to mushroom and then trim them before applying them. It worked pretty well. It was...
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    Tip diameter

    I've learned a lot since I've been posting here so I'm with you on that. I also like to contribute what I know. Here's something that I know: There are different types of players. There are many great spin players who actually avoid the vertical axis like the plague. J/K about that last remark...
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    Tip diameter

    I haven't played in awhile due to the pandemic and I know things rapidly change but my tip of choice for quite awhile has been a Kamui black soft, which plays equivalent to the old Moori mediums. I have to shape my tip, guys, or it goes flat on me. That's just how it is with me. And guess what...
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    Cue upright while sighting and getting into stance.

    Those of us who are real teachers here have the benefit of experiencing the issues of hundreds and maybe even thousands of players over the years. I can tell you that you're not alone. Your issue is very common. What goes on, on the pool table, happens from the waist-up. So naturally, that would...
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    Cue upright while sighting and getting into stance.

    Well, you guys are way too deep for my simplistic way of thinking. Hanging vertical arms and body center turning towards the ball path and upper arm drawn back behind the head to ball plane, to name a few things. Wow. I'm in awe. I don't know what any of that means but it sounds impressive.
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    Cue upright while sighting and getting into stance.

    Apparently you understood what 'straighline' said. You wrote, "Combine that...." --- What is it that you're combining --- leaning over the table while hanging your arm down? Air stroking? What are you combining?
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    Cue upright while sighting and getting into stance.

    What the heck does any of this mean? "Who's on first? I Don't Know. Third base!" (Abbott and Costello)
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    Cue upright while sighting and getting into stance.

    It's an excellent question and shows you're working hard on your fundamentals. There are several ways of placing your shoulder on the line of the shot, and probably 9 out of 10 of them will be perfectly over the line but will put you in a bad stance. That's why you can't use your shoulder as a...
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    Can't stay down.

    You have got to practice staying down. I guarantee that you're not doing that right now. If it takes hours, days and weeks, then so be it, but if you don't practice it, you will never break the habit you are currently in. This is not something you can fix while you're playing someone. You need...
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