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10-10-2017, 06:36 AM

Thanks Brian (HE). I had forgotten about this until I read your post.

Talking about tidbits I have one also that came to me back in '93 when I decided to take the game a little more seriously.
I quit playing back in 2000 and just started back to playing in 2010, man its been a long 7 years but I'm slowly getting back to where I was back in 2000.

To the point. Part #1
Probably on of the most difficult actions to explain or demonstrate is acceleration of the cue through the cue ball.
All of the videos, books and DVD's say start the forward swing of the cue slowly and accelerate the cue through the cue ball.
If your a new student of the game all you see in front of you is a big white ball that they have to try and accelerate the cue through. Besides that their hands and arm muscles have no idea what it feels like to accelerate a piece of wood through a stationary object.

The next time your trying to help someone learn and feel what acceleration is do this.

Ask them if they have every played darts. Take them to a dart board and play darts for maybe 30 minutes. While they are up there getting ready to throw a dart start asking questions like, how tight are you holding the dart, do you feel any tension in your throwing arm. Then have them start throwing darts at the board ask them if they can feel the acceleration in their arm to stick the dart in the board. Ask them, your throwing arm started the movement slow and increased in speed until you released the dart. Right? Well this is what acceleration feels like and this is the movement and feel in pocket billiards.
End Part #1

I'll get to Part#2 later today. Gotta go.

Part#2 (I'm back had an errand to run)

Next take them to a table, throw some balls out on the table (no cue ball) and have them pretend that the cue is a dart and the OB is a dart board and from a distance have them dry fire (don't actually throw the cue) OB's into a pocket. You will want them to feel the same sensation/feel of throwing a dart. (no tension in the arm and a fairly loose grip) The whole idea is to train and the arm and hand to feel what acceleration like.
Next line up all 16 balls across the table at the head string and have them perform the same exercise by shooting each ball into the end rail corner pockets using a dart type of accelerating stroke.

Now this is where it gets interesting, after they have done the above exercise you the move up to using the cue ball to pocketing balls using the cue ball and object ball. Tell them to pretend that the cue ball is not there (even though it is) and shoot the shots.
They will have to get use to the resistance that is felt when the cue hits the QB. This takes practice.

Some folks will catch on pretty quickly others may need more practice at throwing darts until it clicks.

Have you ever played someone that plays darts? If you have then you know what I'm trying to get across here.

This is the only method I can think of for a person to experience an accelerating type stoke of the cue.

Watch Alex and Dennis deliver beautiful accelerating strokes in this match.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUCAQxcdDKo

John


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I don't play One Pocket as much as I use to, but when I do, I play at Cue & Cushion - Overland, MO.

In Memory of Dean Higgs and Harry Sims - gone but not forgotten and thank you.

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