“The Truth”

I have a nickname for the 10-foot hermelin pool table at Best Billiards LV… “The Truth.” Once you start playing on this pool table you’ll find out pretty quick the truth about how accurate, or inaccurate, you really are.  And so “The Truth” is a great gift to my game, and I consider myself lucky to have access to this table each and every day.  I hear it is one of only two 10-foot pool tables in Nevada. If you get a chance to play on a 10-foot pool table, take it.  It will force you to become more accurate, to become more fundamentally sound, to think about your position harder so the table does not force a difficult stretch, to play smarter, tighter position so you are not always shooting a super long shot. Even if you are a die-hard bar box pool table player, putting in some time on this table will make you even more of a monster on that bar box.  In fact, after playing on a 10-foot pool table for a while, the 9-foot table seems like a bar box. Here is a video of Earl Strickland talking about the 10-foot table.  He can be controversial at times yet most of what he says about playing on a ten foot pool table is on the money. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-vxN7gq2rY[/youtube] Pool players, grab your pool cue and find your self a 10-foot pool table to test your skills and improve upon them with.  You have no choice but to improve! See you soon… Max Eberle PS:  If you want the tools to excel on ANY size table,...

Make Use of the Pool Table Driving Range…

I’ve heard it a million times from people when I tell them that I play pool, “I can make angled shots but I’m helpless on straight in shots.”  If you have seen my essential pool skills boot camp videos and my other instructional materials, you are well aware of how much importance to your pool game I place on taking the time to work on your straight in shot.   As with most things, if you just work on it a little bit, you will improve your pool game.   Work on it a lot and you have the makings of a champion. And the great thing about this discipline is that it helps all aspects of your billiards game, all the way down to extremely thin cut shots, which seem to have no relation to the straight in shot.  While you work on your straight shot at all different distances, focus on following through with your cue staying perfectly on the line between the center of the cue ball and the center of the object ball.  Keep your head down so you can actually see if your stroke stayed on that line or not. If you miss the shot, notice which side of the pocket the ball went to so you can make an adjustment in your aim on the next shot.   Carefully check and see if you are indeed cueing the cue ball in the center as it is easy for your eyes to trick you and you may actually be hitting to the left or right…this causes deflection and then a miss.  Also try hard get the center...

Willie Mosconi explains sighting the ball…

This is an absolute gem of a video clip with a lesson from Willie Mosconi himself.   When I was 17 I saw Willie Mosconi in at the airport terminals at the Louiville airport. Maybe someone recognized him as we were both flying to our respective homes on different flights leaving the BCA Trade show in July 1990, but it seemed like I was the only one who for that moment in the busy airport, did recognize who was gliding around in our midst like Fred Astaire in the silvery-gray suit. He walked with the dignity of a king, one who had accomplished the ultimate expression of his talent in his life time. He walked also with a relaxed matter of fact gaze, seeming to appreciate the anonymity of the moment. I watched him walk away casually, perhaps the same way he walked around the table so casually dispensing of all the balls, except one break ball and the cue ball, rack after rack after rack. I had met him at the show the year before and once again during the BCA Junior Nationals this year which he came to watch during the finals won by Nathan Haddad of Lansing, Michigan with a real nice thin cut on the 8-Ball to win it all, right there in front of Mosconi. I had a chance to run into Mosconi on a break and I told him that “my grandpa once asked you what the most important thing about pool is, and you said ‘touch’,” and he told me “Yes, touch is important” as he walked back to his chair. You...

8 Powerful Tips to Help You Stay Still…

Every pool player does it at least once in a while… jump up during their stroke, and the degree to which they can control themselves by NOT jumping up during their final stroke may very well determine the potential they have to improve beyond their current level of skill. This one fix (staying down instead of jumping up) is so powerful that it will alone wipe out scores of other problems that it caused, thus you may literally increase 1-10 or more skill levels in a few days time… for life! So without any further ado… 8 Tips for Helping You Stay Down on Your Shots! Practice shooting with your eyes closed:  Go ahead and line up into your shot, take your practice strokes, and then just before your last back swing, close your eyes and shoot the shot.  Do this for a few racks and get the feeling for how you automatically stay down when your eyes are closed and then just carry that over to your open eye pool game. Stay down until the object ball drops:  Keep your body completely still (except your stroking arm) until the ball falls in the pocket. Stay down until the cue ball stops moving COMPLETELY:  This is an advanced extension of number 2, and much more powerful.  Do not allow your body or head to jump up even a millimeter until the cue ball comes to a complete rest, usually well after you have made the object ball.  This one is tough at first, and if you are like 95% of my students, you will most likely fail until you...