Make more pool shots with a clear positive thought

In pool there is an importance to not thinking any negative thoughts right before or during a shot that you want to make.  All pool players have experienced missing right after thinking that they would miss.  This negative thought could have crept in before they got down to shoot, or in the instant before they pulled the trigger. As an exercise for your next time at the table in practice or even in competition, and especially on longer “tougher” shots, I want you to tell yourself “this ball is going in” at different times before your shot.  You can even keep it going like a meditation mantra and don’t stop until the ball actually does go into the pocket. Saying the entire phrase “this ball is going in” or “this shot is going in” could even be too long and distracting to say in your mind as you are about to shoot, so for that time right before and during your last stroke, you can just saying the single word “in” for simplicity. This exercise can be used in a few different ways, 1.  To replace actual negative thoughts or doubts that you may have noticed before some         shots with a positive replacement. 2.  To calm general anxiety that could cause you to move during your delivery stroke. 3.  To proactively prevent negative thoughts or anxiety from appearing at all. You can invent your own positive phrases as well that work better for you, or custom tailor them to specific shots or situations.  It could be “I’m making this cut shot” or “I’m winning this match.” You may...
A Slight twist on an old faithful drill…

A Slight twist on an old faithful drill…

Back in 2011 I wrote and article about utilizing the “Pool table driving range”  which is the long straight in shot.  Practicing it everyday for a while will help so many different aspects of your game from aim to body alignment.  You can read the article here. Long straight in shot So the slight twist on old faithful, is to set the shot up just slightly off of straight in, and get used to the little adjustment in aim that it requires to make the shot.  Doing this will also teach you how to make the straight in shot by default.  Once you can cut slightly to the right and to the left, you’ll know that in between these is the straight in aiming line. Long almost straight in shot, slight cut to the right Long almost straight in shot, slight cut to the left A slight edge is still an edge, and it’s the accumulation of countless slight edges that will keep your game on the rise constantly.  Constant and never-ending improvement…  CANI Enjoy this powerful variation and I’ll see you soon, closer to the top! Max Eberle PS:  Check out all the cool stuff you get to help you get better at pool fast with a lifetime membership to ProPoolAcademy...
CHINA BILLIARD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2015

CHINA BILLIARD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2015

This January 2015 I went to Yushan, China to play in the first annual China Billiard World Championship, the game is known as Chinese 8-Ball and its basically 8-Ball on a 9 foot snooker table.  It was truly a world class event sponsored by STAR Tables out of Bejing.  There were over 300 volunteers, mostly college kids from Yushan, to help run things smoothly and take care of all the visiting players needs. I flew in to Shanghai from Seattle with my friends and top Canadian pros Stan Tarangau, Paul Potier, Simon Pickering, and Kevin Beskal and also my old friend american legend and former world champion Dan Louie, all who arrived from Vancouver after practicing at our friend and guide, Michael Ma’s pool room named Top147 in Vancouver. The Fantastic Six! L to R:  Kevin Beskal, Stan Tourangeau, Simon Pikering, Paul Potier, Max Eberle, Dan Louie Traveling with cool friends like these made for a great trip.  Michael Ma who speaks Chinese, with the help of Henry from the sponsor Star Tables, made sure we got to the location alright without getting lost in Shanghai or along the route there. On the bus to the venue with Michael Ma and company. The Chinese Billiard table is basically a 9 foot snooker table on which you play with regular size 2.25 inch diameter pool balls, in this case Cyclop brand.  The rails are snooker rails and the pockets are small snooker pockets that fit about a ball and a half going straight into the opening, down the rail requires tremendous precision and is one of the things that make...

Merry Christmas!

Twenty tracks of Christmas music (an hour+) from some of America’s greatest musicians. Enjoy! 1. ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ 1979 – Ray Charles 2. What Christmas Means to Me – Stevie Wonder 3. Joy to the world- Nat King Cole 4. White Christmas & Silent Night – Dinah Washington/Ella Fitzgerald 5. Please Come Home For Christmas – Charles Brown 6. Christmas in New Orleans & I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm – Louis Armstrong & Billie Holiday. 7. O Christmas Tree – Aretha Franklin 8. White Christmas – Ella Fitzgerald 9. Merry Christmas Baby & Please Come Home For Christmas – Charles Brown 10. Ole Santa & Christmas Night In Harlem – Dinah Washington/Louis Armstrong 11. The Night Before Christmas – Louis Armstrong 12. Sleigh Ride – Ella Fitzgerald 13. Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! – Ella Fitzgerald 14. One Little Christmas Tree – Stevie Wonder 15. White Christmas – Kenny Burrell 16. Let It Snow, let It Snow, Let It Snow – Frank Sinatra 17. Frosty The Snowman – Ella Fitzgerald 18. Have yourself a merry little Christmas – Ella Fitzgerald 19. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve – Nancy Wilson 20. Merry Christmas from JazzontheTube.com =========================================== Click Here for lifetime access to tons of training for your pool...