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Have desire to make it work, want it bad, and concentrate. But trust in your stroke. Put it out there. Let it go. Throw the cue. Let it happen. Do not jump up on your shot. Do not clench the cue with a tight grip and give a half stroke. Do not try to steer the ball in the hole.

Hey, if you do, you are only human, just do not do it forever. Calm down and trust your stroke. If you have to, imitate a champion for a few minutes. Pretend you are that person. Walk like them, stroke like them, talk like them.

This is actually one of the fastest ways to become great at something. Try imitating as many good players as you can. They are worthy of imitation, this will only help you. Be an actor for a minute, and start acting like a great player.

You just might become one. And if you are one, trust your stroke, trust your game. Each time you practice, master one shot. Keep shooting it until you have it. If you keep making a change, you will have to get it right eventually. If you do this every day, that is a lot of shots in a year. Imagine if you mastered five shots a day. Trust the process and trust your stroke. Pocket the object ball and control the cue ball.

This requires a certain amount of discipline to accomplish this goal shot after shot. First of all, detailed mental planning is essential for you to achieve ideal results. At the very least, this means deciding where in the pocket you want the object ball to drop, and picking a small area for the cue ball to land the smaller the better.

Once you start to acquire knowledge and skill in pocketing balls and playing position, it becomes a task to master doing both at the same time, during the same shot. Of course, consistently pocketing balls is the first step. Beyond visual skill and talent, being able to form a stable bridge, and the aptitude to deliver a consistent stroke, keeping your body still is the major skill in the ball pocketing department.

You will see it in almost any amateur tournament, someone misses a ball while jumping up or moving their body much more than normal. Once a player masters sound fundamentals, visual skill in lining up once again becomes the most important factor.

Now, getting the cue ball to land where you want requires a lot of feel and the certainty that you will make the ball you are shooting at. If you are a precision planner, you will find that the cue ball usually only lands on your target only when you do make the ball anyway.

Accurate cue ball positioning is based on accurate object ball pocketing. This is true, however, at the moment your cue tip is contacting the cue ball, you must still be present fundamentally and visually to pocket the ball while you deliver your stroke.

It is your internal sense that must be focused on controlling the cue ball. Hitting a shot in this way will give you maximum feel for controlling the cue ball. So plan accurately, stay down, and shoot with confidence! Maybe I should not have been surprised, but I was, and I earned an even greater respect for higher level basketball.

Even if two balls cannot fit in, there will still be some room to work with. Professionals do this all the time. Because the pockets on most pool tables are pretty wide, this can lead to a little carelessness and slight loss of accuracy in shot making. By just trying to make the ball into the pocket in general, it may bobble in a few times and even miss once in a while.

The forgivingness of the pockets may lead to carelessness. Sometimes I have caught myself playing worse on a big pocket table than I do on a tight pocket table. No matter how wide the pockets are, I like to make it a habit of picking an exact spot in the pocket as a target for the object ball.

Picking this spot helps me find a clean line for the object ball and a clean contact point, which in turn helps me find a clean stroking line onto which I can balance my stance. It is amazing how accurate you can be at hitting a certain part of the pocket, even when the object ball is several feet from the opening. See Diagram A.

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This will help you avoid hitting the rail on the way in, something that drove Willie Mosconi mad. The closer the object ball is to the pocket, the more lee way you will have to alter the angle at which the cue ball leaves, see Diagram B. When the object ball is a couple feet or more from the pocket, and you need to cheat the pocket to create more angle for the cue ball, your chances of missing are greater. Yet if you always make it a habit to go for an exact spot in the pocket, even when you have a perfect angle, you will have more confidence and ability in cheating the pocket at a distance when you need to, see Diagram C.

When I do have a perfect angle on a shot, the spot I pick in the pocket will be right in the middle of the professional side of the pocket. If the object ball is near the rail, my spot will be on the pocket facing. If the ball is out in the open, my aiming spot will be in the middle or close to the middle of the pocket, on the rim of the slate.

Try practicing with pool balls on a snooker table for a few minutes if the room owner lets you. Then, when you go back to the pool table, you will see just how much room you have to play with.

Have fun. Any uncertainty in the initial state of the given system, no matter how small, will lead to rapidly growing errors in any effort to predict future behavior. If you watch a good pool player who first started out playing snooker, you may notice that he has exceptional ball pocketing skills. This is partly because snooker requires tremendous aiming accuracy to pocket a ball; however, excellent cueing skills are equally important. Accurately cueing the cue ball means that the player actually hits the cue ball on the spot that he intended to strike.

If a pool shot is the result of a chaotic system, then the behavior of the balls can be predicted only if the initial conditions are known to an infinite degree of accuracy, which is, supposedly impossible. However, a pool shot does not unfold completely because the balls will eventually stop due to the friction of the cloth. Now, imagine there was not any friction between the balls and the cloth and you had to accurately predict the exact route of a rail bank shot! Can you see how minor discrepancies in where you cue the ball and the speed with which you hit it can show up way down the line?

Have no fear though, as under present conditions it is within the realm of possibility to predict and control those little colored balls with hair-raising accuracy. This does require concentration as the outcome is still very sensitive to initial conditions. Cueing the cue ball and following through are like addressing a letter to a friend. Where you cue the cue ball will take it to the right zip code and the speed will take it to the mail box for perfect position.

Increasing your awareness of where you are hitting the cue ball will definitely improve your position game. If you have the discipline to pay attention to this, you will also become a more consistent shot maker by learning how minute differences in spin can affect deflection and your line of stroke.

Next time you practice, try directing most of your consciousness towards cueing the cue ball. Even though you will be looking at the object ball on the last follow through, you can still be aware of the cue ball.

With practice and good form it will become second nature. One thing to try is looking at the cue ball on your final stroke once you are confident in your line of aim. This will force you to stay still and give you a new awareness of cueing the cue ball.

Also practice your center ball hit by putting the cue ball on the head spot, shooting it over the foot spot and having it rebound off the end rail so it comes straight back to hit your cue tip. This improves your awareness of center ball and thus your ability to put small increments of spin on the cue ball. When he was 83, I got him to play me a few games after he had not played in months. During the Great Depression, he drove across the U.

Your stroking arm is basically your weapon in pool and you need to prep it or position it before dropping into your stance.

It is similar to a fighter positioning his arms and body right before throwing a punch. First the feet are positioned and stabilized, then the torso is turned and the punching arm is cocked back and ready to punch.

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In pool the feet are set, the torso turns and the stroking arm gets locked and ready to load into the stroking line, along with the prepped bridge. I like to teach putting your grip, wrist, elbow and shoulder all on the stroking line for the ideal alignment. This allows your stroke to swing vertically back and forth from your elbow which serves as a hinge.

Granted, as proven by the great players with sidearm or underarm strokes, a perfectly vertical alignment is not necessary, just ideal.

Those sidearm players still set up the same every time on the stroking line and have tremendous hand eye coordination and lots of practice to keep the cue in a straight line.

The side arm also serves them by keeping their stroke away from their body. This will be achieved with my recommendations plus you will have the benefits of a vertical pendulum motion with your forearm.

The stroking line is actually within a vertical plane as well, and it is in this plane where the grip, wrist, elbow and shoulder of the stroking arm reside when they are in the textbook stance. My main point in this article is to have you try and get all these components inside the vertical stroking plane before and as you bend down into your stance. Now, by the time you are down, you know your stroking machine is already dialed into the shot. You can actually configure your arm into a plane at any time and then place that plane right into the stroking plane.

So just like making a bridge before placing it on the table, you can lock in your stroking arm before taking your stance. In time, your whole stroking arm drops into the stroking plane as one unit ready to fire. Eventually your form will blend into one entity with all the pieces working together in perfect unison. This is normal. It is like learning a language or learning to dance. You must learn the vocabulary and then how to put it all together, and with lots of practice it eventually all flows together with ease.

Now you can speak, dance, and play pool, right? Part of the fun is enjoying the learning process while knowing in your heart that you will get there with patience, persistence, and determination. Here is your Author staying down and following through…very important!

One extremely important element to this equation is body positioning, or what I call lining up into the shot. Have you ever been down on a ball ready to shoot when you suddenly had the feeling that you were not aiming on the proper line? The answer is yes, I would guess.

If so, what did you do about it? Perhaps you made a correction by pivoting your torso slightly, bending your knees differently, moving your bridge hand, leaning over, or trying to steer your cue in a better direction on your last stroke. If you often find yourself using one or more of the above elixirs, then at least you do have the desire to pocket balls, but probably feel that life could somehow be more rewarding.

By adjusting your body once you have already assumed your stance, you are losing accuracy by hindering other important parts of the shot making equation. These include good balance, proper cueing of the ball, relaxation, ample preparation warm up strokes, feeling, mental comfort , and a straight stroke from your center of vision to name a few. Now, have you ever lined up on a shot feeling right — only to change your line of aim because of doubt, and then realize that you would have made it had you followed your first instinct?

Imagine if you could utilize that keen instinct on every shot. With a little cultivating, you can. You have got to develop a sense of trust that you have already positioned your body correctly on every shot. Practice making a commitment to the line of aim that you initially determine as being correct.

Trust and commitment begin while you are standing upright. It is important to be deliberate in choosing where to stand on each shot and in crouching down into the line of aim. Basically, it is best to position your body correctly into each shot so that you can properly execute the fundamentals.

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If you feel like you will miss, stand up and reposition your body. Also remember to allow for spin when you are lining up your body into the shot. Try shooting a few racks like this: On each shot put your focus on aiming and finding the angle while you are standing, and position your stance accordingly. Once you are in your stance take one back swing and shoot the shot. You may even close your eyes after that first back swing. Feel free to smile when you hear balls dropping into pockets!

When you tried for the first time, did you notice that you could hold the thread steady until you approached the eye of the needle, and when it was almost there your hand shook and the thread missed the eye? Attempting to pour liquid into the mouth of a very small-necked bottle may often result in the same kind of shaky muscle behavior.

You can hold your hand perfectly steady, until you try to accomplish your purpose, then for some strange reason, you quiver and shake and spill the liquid. In playing pool, these purpose tremors may lead to a missed ball. It may occur in a pool player if he is being excessively careful or too anxious not to miss a shot. You must learn to trust your stroke. Do your best to position your body into the stance with your center of vision and cue stick on the stroking line, and have keen focus on the contact point before you begin your stroke.

Now, with your body perfectly still, your eyes focused on the contact point and not a thought in your mind, freely swing your arm forward in a pendulum motion. When you are first learning your stance, it will require much work just to get aligned properly for each shot, and may feel awkward. Yet the more you practice good form, the more natural it will become and getting into your stance will also be like threading a needle.

You develop a trust that your body is lining up to what you are looking at, and with trust comes confidence. The trick is to keep your body still as you relaxingly and confidently throw the cue with your shooting arm. So many times a dogged shot is accompanied by a sudden jarring of the body at the time of the forward stroke or a stroke that obviously deviates from its usual relaxed and straight path.

Again, this often comes from being overly careful and anxious. Also, taking deep belly breaths to ease possible tension in your torso and to get more oxygen to your brain can be helpful. Then move only your arm with no concern for the outcome, just detached observation to the feeling and results of the shot.

If you have a habit of moving your body on your stroke, you may not even notice it when you do move. Even if you have someone to alert you when you do move, try to develop that body awareness so you will know without someone telling you.

Even though you will be looking at the contact point on the object ball, you must focus on keeping still as you deliver your stroke with perfect trust. Just swing your arm forward and keep your body still and see what happens.

You may discover incredible powers to make difficult shots look easy, even in pressure situations. The ease with which you pocket balls and dance the cue ball into perfect position? The clarity with which you see all the right points, lines, angles and patterns? The inherent knowingness of the speed of the cloth and bounciness of the rails?

The experience of being a well balanced and oiled pool shooting machine, moving with infinite grace and delivering effortless smooth strokes that seem to fall off your backswing like so much snow falls off a leaf that can no longer carry the weight? The feeling of freedom and creativity in improvising and transcending perceived limitations?

Can you remember gliding around the table, radiant with confidence, completely absorbed in clicking colored balls over felt into pockets like a great surgeon performing intricate surgery? When the only difference between deciding exactly where you want the cue ball and landing it there is the time in between? When the thought and the deed become one and the gap between willing and experiencing is closed? This, my friend, is The Zone.

This is mastery. The Zone can be reached by you in your basement or in the U. Open finals on television in front of millions of people. Wherever you are, it feels great, and fills you with a euphoric peacefulness that lifts you to a higher state of consciousness and increases your present moment awareness. This is one reason Tiger Woods has such a tremendous following — through his concentration and mastery, fans are captivated and hopefully reminded of their own potential for mastery.

Sometimes The Zone can be elusive. Distractions in the form of thoughts or external stimuli can dilute our concentration and prevent us from finding that fanciful place. Do not, however, abandon ship just because the wind has disappeared. Keep your oars in the water and before you know it a powerful gust will come along to fill your sails. Many times have I been playing awfully only to be persistent and find myself in The Zone.

Get focused, maybe you just needed to warm up. If you want to be in The Zone, call it forth. Recall what it feels like, how you were moving, what you were thinking, what your eyes were doing, everything about it.

Just pretend you are there and soon enough you will remember; you will be there. Developing your stroke is also important, but now we will focus on the bridge hand, that device which guides the stroke and helps keep it on line. Some people simply have more dexterity than others and quickly learn to form sound and solid open and closed hand bridges.

For others, making a sound bridge comes in varying degrees of difficulty and the time spent in developing the bridge hand is especially well worth it. All of our hands are unique, and if you do not have the bendy double-jointed fingers of many of the pros, just try to maximize the potential that your fingers give you. If you simply cannot make a good closed hand bridge no matter how hard you try, you can still be effective with a good open hand bridge.

Think of someone fluent in sign language. They easily change from one distinct symbol to the next as they communicate. When they transform from one symbol to the next, do they fidget with their fingers for a while as they form the next symbol? Not if they are fluent. That is the idea with pool. It is ideal to be able to smoothly and easily lock your bridge hand into the chosen form for the present shot. Many top players will even form their bridge in the air and finalize it by squishing it onto the table and thus lock it in place right away.

Locking your bridge in ASAP will enable you to focus on your stroke and speed control instead of diverting your attention between getting your bridge hand ready and preparing your stroke. This is chasing two birds with one stone if you will.

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My friends tease me for forming bridge hand all the time when I am away from the table. I used to do this in school and use my pencil as a pool cue while perfecting my bridges.

So this is one way to practice and improve your game, work on your bridge while driving keep one hand on the wheel please , watching TV, etc Because there are many bridges in pool, you can work on any of them at any time. What can I say, I am a pool nut. Learn to get them into place right away and put enough pressure into the table to keep them locked there even and especially on your final delivery.

The more fluent you become with your bridge hand, the more accurate and consistent you will also become. Everything goes your way while your confidence soars and you play perfect pool, cruising with your beautiful performance to another textbook win.

The perfect pool dream situation every time you step up to play. While this would be nice and sometimes does happen, the reality is that it does not always happen, and if you are unprepared for something less than your great expectations, your performance and your winning percentage will surely drop. Sometimes it is adversity that pushes us to peak performance and to realize this is a blessed thing in this game.

So often, without wrongdoing on your part, you can and will find your self trailing in a match to varying degrees. And sometimes one or two little errors or bad rolls will put you behind in a match. Or maybe all the rolls went against you and you played miserably. The point is that there are countless ways to fall behind, and the more tournaments you play, the more of these ways you will experience.

So while you must try hard to make things go your way, you must be prepared for when they do not and have the necessary mental and physical ammunition by your side to turn things around. For one, many players lose their edge once they have you down because they get comfortable and start to take winning for granted.

Then when you fire back, they are caught off guard and falter. The heat is on them when you start coming back. Knowing this should be enough to make you keep bearing down.

Also realize that if they do not win any more games, they cannot win. Come up with the score you must beat them by from that point to win.

If they are up in a race to 9, then you have to beat them at least from there out. That gives you a goal and a positive mind frame. Many times that is the only way out, and many times you will make it out!

Physically keep a winning posture and keep breathing deeply from your belly. This will keep oxygen in your brain, and the winning posture will give you and your opponent the message that you are a champion and will not go away! While speed is also crucial, first you must get the cue ball traveling towards your target.

With a nice medium angle, you can pretty much get the cue ball to go anywhere you want on the table.

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Sometimes you can get away with being a little less accurate with direction control because the position zone is so big, but other times being off by one degree can mess up a run. The same goes for position play. By choosing an exact spot for my cue ball to land, it enables me to choose an exact direction for the cue ball to get there. Practicing your direction control will be very beneficial to your game. Just choose a shot and keep setting it up exactly the same every time but work on getting the cue ball to travel on a different line after it pockets the ball.

Once you get the cue ball to go on your desired line, just pick a new line to work on. The diamonds are good to use as targets. When you get good at hitting all the diamonds, your brain will fill in the rest and you will be able to hit any intermediate target line you choose during a game.

I would also recommend combining speed control with this drill just to keep you in the habit of hitting each shot with an intended speed. Practice like this will pay huge dividends.

So be encouraged if you miss the target, you are getting better! In my last article, Cue ball Compass, I discussed the importance of direction control in position play. Now that you can get the cue ball to go in the right direction, you need to make it land at your desired distance. When you play position towards or away from the object ball on the line of position , speed control is not quite as urgent as when you are crossing the line of position. Yet even when you are playing position along the line of position, if you go for a spot on that line, you will be able to get good shape when you do cross the line because your speed control is honed from always picking a spot on the line.

I think developing excellent speed control is a matter of setting high standards for your position play and working to hone your touch. If you have the discipline to pick the spot for the cue ball, even on easy shots where the position zone is large, your game will advance by leaps and bounds.

I recommend setting up a shot, picking a target for the cue ball, and shooting it until you land exactly on that spot.

Just by successfully executing this one shot, your speed control will improve for all the other shots on the table. Set up as many position scenarios to work on as you like, it will only help. I also like to work on both my follow and draw speeds by mastering several different distances.

As with working on direction control, your brain will fill in the gaps and you will soon be able to hit any intermediate target you wish, or at least get close enough for great shape. Just feel the speed and trust that you will land the cue ball on your target. These two facets of each shot are so interrelated that it is hard to say one is more important than the other. Yet if you follow this advice you may find yourself pocketing more balls anyway, and having easier runs.

Sound good? What I mean by attacking the shot is to really focus on making the ball by setting up your stance so your cue is securely on the stroking line before you take your first practice stroke. Remember, the stroking line is the line you will decide to actually throw stroke your cue down once you make all the necessary adjustments for speed angle and spin.

It is ideal to decide on a line before you take your stance, because without this decision a proper stance and stroke are not likely to happen. So in order to pocket the object ball, you must first know what you will be doing with the cue ball because this information could change the line you stroke down. A major part of being secure on the stroking line is having your bridge fully formed and solid.

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Taking the time during your practice strokes to solidify your bridge will not only make your shot making weaker, it will also take valuable time away from prepping your stroke and getting the feel for moving the cue ball to its next location. So get your bridge as ready as possible while you are bending down into the shot and try to snug your bridge into the table right away…with the cue on the stroking line of course. Also be conscious of your grip hand so that while you take your stance and once you are down, the cue is right on the stroking line.

Equally or more important than your hands are your eyes. They actually come first, and should be on the stroking line while you are standing and all the way into your fully set stance. If this is not clean, your shots will not be clean. First secure the shot by making a stance that is on line and solid before the first practice stroke, and then maintain it during your practice strokes and final stroke while you attack the exact position you desire.

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This just shows how difficult combos can be, even for a good player. Most of the time, it is wise to avoid most combos unless they lay easy or seem to be your only option. Having the control to work around combos is great, yet eventually you will need to make one and it is better to shoot it with confidence. The first step for success, as usual, is mental.

Condition yourself to think how much you enjoy making combos. The accuracy required for making a combo means that you should take extra care in studying the shot and finding the contact points.

Making a combination is very similar to making one object ball into a very small pocket. Once you figure out your exact contact point and stroking line, you will need to zero in on it pretty quickly before it disappears to your eyes.

With a positive mind frame, your first step is to find the contact point on the ball you want to pocket. Do this carefully and pick a spot in the middle of the opening pro side of the pocket. Now line up behind the ball you will be striking, and carefully figure out where you need to hit this one with the cue ball.

It is at this stage that I recommend you get your grip arm into alignment and at the angle to your body that it will be at during your shot. This will save you valuable seconds and enable you to better lock in on the stroking line and contact point while they are fresh in your sights. Prepping your stroking arm will also give you much needed confidence as you head to the final stage of making the combo.

Everything you need to do well for shot making, you need to do better for making combos, ha-ha! It is important that you be decisive as you line up into your stance. There is no room for wiggling around to get comfortable and find your aim. Because your aiming and preparation was so good, now all you have to do is stroke your cue down the groove that you have set yourself on. Do not think about making a combo and do not jump up and try to steer the shot.

Trust your process and focus on a clean delivery. One great aiming technique for combos is using two ghost balls, one for the object ball to be pocketed and the other for the object ball you will be striking with the cue ball. Depending on how good you are at visualizing ghost balls, this will put you right where you need to be to make the combo, now just trust it and fire away!

I like to take this one step further and see the two ghost spots the spots on the table where the ghost balls are resting. The ghost spot on the ball to be pocketed helps me find the ghost spot for the middle ball which I then use for my stroking line. This is so good that I really should not be telling you this, haha!

After watching him closely for five minutes, I could see that he was tensing and kind of jumping up a bit on many of his shots. In addition, he was turning his stroke to either side as if trying to steer the ball into the hole. I came up with a suggestion. I told him to line up for his shot, take a couple practice strokes, and to close his eyes right before and during his shot.

He looked at me kind of funny but decided to give it a try. He missed the first shot or two, but then he started making just about everything he shot at, even long angled shots.

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There are a few lessons to the story. One is - if you can just learn to stay out of your own way, you will be surprised at how accurate you really are. By jumping up or fidgeting on your delivery stroke, you are destroying the setup and aim you worked so hard to build. Second — Shooting with your eyes closed proves just how important setting up is to your shot. If you do it well, you can literally shoot with your eyes closed!

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