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Exclamation Top 10 Things Pool Players Do Wrong and How to Fix Them - 11-01-2018, 06:07 AM

I just posted a new video on YouTube:

NV J.13 - Top 10 Things Pool Players Do Wrong and How to Fix Them

Check it out. I identify and offer advice for how to correct the following top 10 things many pool players do wrong:
1.) Cue Elevation
2.) Sloppy Bridge
3.) High Stance
4.) Poor Alignment and Aim
5.) Cue and Eye Motion
6.) No Pre-Shot Routine
7.) Sidespin
8.) Tight Grip
9.) Bad Stroke
10.) Head and Body Motion

I look forward to your feedback, comments, and questions.

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11-01-2018, 06:08 AM

FYI, here are links from the YouTube video description with more information and demonstrations related to everything in the video:

fundamentals "best practices" check-list document:
https://billiards.colostate.edu/reso...check_list.pdf
grip:
https://billiards.colostate.edu/threads/grip.html
bridge:
https://billiards.colostate.edu/threads/bridge.html
stance:
https://billiards.colostate.edu/threads/stance.html
vision center:
https://billiards.colostate.edu/thre...#vision_center
pre-shot routine:
https://billiards.colostate.edu/thre...t_routine.html
stroke:
https://billiards.colostate.edu/threads/stroke.html
sidespin:
https://billiards.colostate.edu/threads/english.html

Here's a good video demonstrating examples of how and when to use sidespin:
https://youtu.be/EG29YjLC7aM
Here's a good video demonstrating the 10 most important shots in pool:
https://youtu.be/HqAb4mWEkps
  
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11-01-2018, 06:26 AM

very much appreciated Dr Dave.

your info is extremely helpful!

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11-01-2018, 06:44 AM

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very much appreciated Dr Dave.

your info is extremely helpful!

best,
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Thanks! I'm glad you liked it.

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11-01-2018, 08:54 AM

Great video. Shared this with my pool teammates.


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Great video. Shared this with my pool teammates.
Thanks. I hope it helps elevate your teammates a little.

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11-01-2018, 09:15 AM

Great list, Dave,but no list is complete without "poor conceptualization", meaning bad reasoning and decision making.

I think good planning and good execution are equally important ingredients of playing excellence. Your list is restricted to execution. Many a shot goes wrong even before a player gets over the cue ball.
  
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11-01-2018, 09:18 AM

#11 Jumping up on a shot.. I guess that's body motion #10?

#12 Changing your mind as you're down on a shot.

  
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11-01-2018, 09:19 AM

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11-01-2018, 09:36 AM

I am working on most of these as we speak. It is a journey and takes hard work. Thank you for posting,
  
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11-01-2018, 09:37 AM

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#11 Jumping up on a shot.. I guess that's body motion #10?

#12 Changing your mind as you're down on a shot.

#12 is more or less covered in the pre-shot routine. No major changes without getting back up.


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Dave,but no list is complete without "poor conceptualization", meaning bad reasoning and decision making. I think good planning and good execution are equally important ingredients of playing excellence. Your list is restricted to execution. Many a shot goes wrong even before a player gets over the cue ball.
Good point. FYI, my "pre-shot routine" section, starting at the 4:27 point in the video, does briefly mention conceptualizing, visualization, reasoning, and decision making. Some people don't do this at all, and many do it wrong (as you point out).

"Speed selection and control" is another important one. That was the last item I cut from my extremely long initial list to get down to 10.

"CB control choices and execution" is another important category, but I already cover that in great detail in so many other videos.

FYI, my other recent "Top 10" video covers many of the non "execution" aspects of good pool playing (along with also how to execute after the non-execution stuff is decided). If you haven't seen it yet, check it out:

NV J.10 - Top 10 Pool Shots Every Player Must Know!!!

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#11 Jumping up on a shot.. I guess that's body motion #10?
Yep. That's an important part of #10 (which I demonstrate quite well at the 9:32 point in the video ... I'm good at that one being an impatient type of person in general).

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Agreed. That's huge. I mention it in the "pre-shot routine" section of the video.

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I am working on most of these as we speak. It is a journey and takes hard work. Thank you for posting,
I agree about the "journey." I've made many changes to my stance and stroke in the last couple of years. And after watching my recent videos, there are still some things I need to keep working on (slight head motion just before or during the shot, I think because I anticipate the cue hitting or rubbing on my chin; non-straight follow-through on some shots, especially power shots; some unwanted elbow drop on follow shots; sometimes decelerating instead of finishing the stroke, etc.).

This game requires continual improvement, with no end in sight.

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