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  1. Tin Man

    Back swing - pause/no pause is focusing on the wrong area of the stroke!

    A beautiful stroke with good timing is critical to high level pool. We all know that rushing the stroke is a common blunder. Unfortunately many people do the wrong things to try to fix it. Say there are three parts of the stroke: 1) The back swing 2) The transition 3) The forward swing...
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    How to overcome fear of a certain type of shot

    If there is a certain type of shot that makes you weak in the knees, how do you overcome that? I know the obvious answer is to practice them until they become your favorite. I think this is the first line of defense. I don't see how you could improve without some amount of practice. I guess...
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    Swing speed regulation and tip accuracy

    This is a follow up to my last thread: https://forums.azbilliards.com/threads/tip-position-and-cue-ball-spin-at-cb-ob-impact-are-two-different-things.536140/ I'd encourage everyone to watch Dr. Dave's video on this subject...
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    Tip position and cue ball spin at CB/OB impact are two different things!

    This sounds obvious, right? But I'm amazed at how often even strong players don't have this concept clear in their mind and how that translates into mistakes. During this post I'm going to focus on the vertical axis, from draw to topspin. And to keep it simple let's say there are five levels...
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    Best facebook groups to join to hear about open 9' table tournaments

    I'm still somewhat new to Facebook but it seems to be the best place to find out about pool tournaments. The trick seems to be joining the right groups to see the flyers. I'm looking for guidance and/or invites to some groups that would help me get to more of the right events. I only go to...
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    My US Open experience

    I want to thank those of you who rooted me on at the open. Many of you have reached out asking how it went and I had thought of writing a post. As it turned out Josh and I had a long drive home so we recorded a podcast on the road. We recapped our performances, what went well and where we...
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    Friday 9/10 Cleveland or Pittsburgh (Also Philly/NY on 9/11)- Anyone want to make a game?

    Hey all! Josh Burbul and I decided to drive to Atlantic City for the US Open and play some pool along the way. Tomorrow (Friday, 9/10) we are heading through Cleveland and may stop there or drive through to Pittsburgh. We're open to the possibility of some friendly action so thought I'd check...
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    US Open Break Rules

    I just confirmed the break rules for the US Open this year: Referee to rack, template rack, one ball on the spot, break from anywhere in the kitchen, no three point rule. They said "Players must use a forceful break. Players must not slow cut break." They also said no checking the rack...
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    How to determine if a specific skill is worthy of your practice time.

    To get the most use out of your practice time I believe the skills we practice should pass two tests: 1) Is this skill used frequently? 2) Is there a gap between your ability and that of players a level above you? In other words, how much room is there to improve your success rate in this...
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    EPIC MATCH ONGOING! Now I remember why I love watching 10 ball!!!

    I will share below why I feel this is the best 10 ball match I've seen in years. It is currently 33-31 Oscar Dominguez over Omar AlShaheen (who just took 2nd at the world championship. First though I would like to link the pay-per-view. $19.99 to watch days 2 and 3. I will be on the...
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    My thoughts on Sky vs SVB

    In a match like this the main deciding factors are the break, run out consistency, moving, and mental fortitude. I bet Sky. Before the match I felt it was even in the run out game, even in the moving game, and that Sky had a mental fortitude edge. I base that on what I've seen from the two of...
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    On the road at the TTMD 10 Ball Championship

    In this podcast Josh Burbul and I discuss our experience at the TTMD 10 Ball Championship. We discuss the good and bad of the event, tournament results and highlights, our performances, what we learned for next time, and some funny stories along the way (including a historic shot of pool for...
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    Do I need a dehumidifier?

    My table plays slow. I have a 9' Diamond with Simonis cloth. I don't know what type, it's the standard tournament cloth. The same guy puts it on other tables that play quick. My table just slows up faster than usual. I put a lot of hours on it, probably 50/week. Last time I went just 6...
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    Is your comfort zone expanding or contracting?

    Your comfort zone doesn't stay the same. It is either growing or it is shrinking. I just spent a couple of days training with Tyler Styer. I was the student on this one, not the instructor. This is not the post to discuss what I learned, but I wanted to share one of the realizations that...
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    Pool shots - Less is more

    Many people stop getting better at pool because they didn't realize they missed a turn. They keep on doing what worked for a while and when it stops working they reach the wrong conclusions. When a player first learns pool they have to keep learning new shots. People keep showing them new...
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    Formula for improvement

    Improvement = Effort x level of opposition. Effort is a combination of average hours and mental energy you devote each week times the number of weeks you dedicate. Now, while I write this as a formula I am not pretending this is exact or scientific. I write it this way to simplify and stress...
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    Tin Man vs Lil Chris NYE live stream match

    I’m playing the one and only Lil Chris a streamed challenge match starting at 9pm CST. After we’re done we’ll be hanging with the viewers in the chat until midnight. You’re all invited and we hope you enjoy the show!
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    Goals aren't chosen, they're uncovered

    To start with, I believe goals are very important in pool. Too many people believe fundamentals are the foundation of a great pool game. I do not. I believe it is desire. Burning desire. Sure, you need good fundamentals, and desire alone won't replace that need. But with desire you'll go...
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    A word about learning sidespin

    A word about sidespin. I've had this come up quite a bit with different students the last month so I felt a general public service announcement was in order. There are different approaches but the one I support by far is FEEL. The two other approaches I've seen are: 1) People struggling with...
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    Drawing the object ball

    Dr. Dave, this one is for you. Happy Thanksgiving! :) When shooting a rolling cue ball into a rail it rebounds with natural roll. When shooting into a double kiss, however, it slides backwards and is still spinning the same direction in which case it acts like draw. It occurred to me that if...
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