Four elements to play steady as a Skyscraper

When builders set about building a skyscraper what do they start with, the front door?  The radio tower?  Of course not, they they start with building a strong and deep foundation, otherwise the building would fall down, and that would be bad. The same goes for a pool player, to become the best player possible, a player must create a solid foundation of basics or fundamentals, and then they can start adding layers of complexity and ability on top of their accurate and repeatable shot making system.   The fundamentals of a pool player are not as static as the foundation for a skyscraper but the principle is the same.  A pool player must either radically overhaul their fundamentals or simply hone them once they are solid.  In a sense it is a constant process of making sure they are good. Once the fundamentals are solid, it is a constant process to implement them shot after shot, game after game, match after match. Here are four actions for you to incorporate into your pool game in this new year to play more solid: Find the stroking line before you get into your stance. Keep your body and head still during your stroke (stay down and follow through). Keep a solid bridge on the table all the way through your stroke. Keep the pressure in your grip hand light and even during your stroke. Without even getting into your alignment, doing these things will help you play very solid pool. Best of luck with your foundation and great results for you in the coming year! Happy New Year! Max Eberle PS: ...

Your Reward Is On The Way…

Sometimes I wonder how amateur players feel about working on their fundamentals. Do they enjoy working on them, or is it a labor that is just too time consuming and too hard to see the results?  Then I realize that how on earth can they enjoy working on fundamentals when good information is so hard to find in the first place… But for now lets say an aspiring player has good information in their hands about fundamentals, or a good teacher to work with.  Will they have the stick ability and focus to continually mold themselves until everything starts to click?  To quote the great boxing trainer Freddie Roach, “It aint easy!”   Even for a guy like me whose living in large part is based on performance on the table, it is no piece of cake to master the basics.  Even with a lot of time devoted to mastery of the craft.. it’s a lot of work to get it right! And sometimes the results come slowly… or there seems to be  a backward slide that could last hours, days, weeks or more.  Or sometimes there are the occasional strings of great shot only followed by a miss that was off a diamond, or two! I can say this, you’ve got to love the process.  you’ve got to also feel it  is coming to you, the mastery of the game.  You can’t listen to the negative words of negative people.  You have to think like a champion, train like a champion, and expect to accomplish your goals the way a champion would.  In essence, you have got to become...