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How to become a better pool player

How to become a better pool player

Hello Everyone:

I have grown up around pool players and I am a huge fan. I have played off and on throughout my life and I have a decent game, but nothing to brag about. I have been reading some of the posts and I can learn some new things about the game. I am putting together a project and would appreciate any help this forum would offer. This is not a sales pitch of any kind, I just need real info from real players of all levels.

Thanks. As soon as I have gathered enough data I will post the results of the project.

How to become a better pool player

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  1. kaitanMitch Alsup on 10/10/2010 11:40:35 AM

    Stage 1: "Comming to grip with the physics of pool" This is where the player learns how to aim, shoot, bank, kick, and manouver the cue ball around the table. Terms like throw, squirt, swerve, bank, kick, pocket speed, follow through are understood and in use.

    Stage 2: "Forgetting that you are playing" This is the stage where the player acts and reacts intuitively. There is no lineing up of the OB and pocket, no calculations as to what spin to put on the ball, little thought as to how to get the CB from the poit of contact to the next shooting position... The line on the CB and the line of the OB are simply visualized, throw is anticipated, as is swerve and squirt.

    Stage 3" "Playing the table" This is the stage where the player is capable of runninig racks. At the start it does not happen, at the end it does. Nohing about the storke, calculations, aim changes in this stage. What changes is the mental model of the order in which the balls need to be run, and why. This is generally the stage where the CB is positioined to one side or the other of the NEXT shot so the subsequent shot is easier to get position on.

    Stage 4: "Playing the opponent" This is the stage where you win or loose based not on skill but on cleverness of CB position when a safety is played or when a miss is anticipated. Safety play is routine, position is chosen for a good next shot for player and a horrible shot for opponent. Player watches opponent looking for ways to tweek the opponents mental game simply by play on the table.

  2. kaitanGlen Garets on 12/10/2010 1:38:50 PM

    you play. A LOT. And actually take the time to figure out what you did wrong, and watch people who are better than you.

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How to become a better pool player

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  • Published: 9/16/2010 1:19:55 PM