THE TWO BEER POOL & BILLIARDS CHAMPION

I must have been told this over a thousand times by non pool players…  “I suck at pool, but after I’ve had a couple drinks I play really good!”  LOL this is funny right?  I call it the two beer threshold…  any less and they are still not that good, any more beer and they get dramatically worse. For those of you who may drink on occasion, have you ever noticed how beer affects your pool game?  What I always say when people tell me this is “yeah that’s because you are more relaxed and not worried about the outcome so much.”  Even non pool players feel pressure to perform when they play.  They are surrounded by friends probably, everyone eyeballing what they are doing, and of course they don’t want to look bad, so they get tense.  They try too hard to control what little ability they have.  But then all of a sudden after two beers, they could care less what their friends think, they act (stroke) with more confidence, and all of a sudden start making balls in from everywhere. Now, as a pool player, I’m not recommending that you go out and drink a couple of beers everytime you play.  What I am recommending is that you make a decision not to care what other people think, relax, and to play with confidence.  Add a little beer to your stroke without drinking any beer. One way to do this is practice playing some speed pool by yourself.  This will force you to act on instinct and trust your gut feelings, then once you slow down,...
Crossing The River…

Crossing The River…

OK, today I’m gonna be a little blunt. I want my students to have real results and have real improvement, so it’s time for a little tough love. It seems like everybody these days wants to be a wizard on the pool table right away.  They want to pull off crazy shots, learn advanced strategy, kicking, cool bank shots etc…  and then when I watch them play a little, they can’t even hold the cue properly, they are jumping up on their shots, they are hitting their body with their cue on their stroke, or to avoid this they are steering their cue off line and delivering an ugly stroke.  Yet they want advanced strategy, and they can’t even pull of a friggin stop shot when they need it, or draw the cue ball 6 feet for shape on the 9 ball. When I have a new student, I know what their problems are before I even see them hit a ball.  This might sound arrogant but it’s not.  It’s just reality.  I’ve been teaching for 20 years and I know what people are doing wrong.  It’s always something from the previous paragraph… and usually combined with several other things like not aiming while standing, not knowing where the stroking line is, having no idea what they want to do with the cue ball until they are down (or changing their mind), changing the aiming line (stroking line) while down on the shot…  the list goes on and on… It seems like everyone wants to do insane Corey Deuel Shots before they can just consistently make easy looking run...

A Drill From The “Cowboy” Jimmy Moore

  Hello my friend, If you’ve turned on the television recently, you may have seen “Cowboy” Jimmy Moore on Classic ESPN or some classic sports channel, beating his opponents on the pool table. He is a legend and hall of famer, a straight pool master, and known by his peers who included Willie Mosconi to be a master of the cue ball. The Cowboy has a son named Jimmy Moore or Jimmy Jr., who I’ve recently become friends with. He is a really cool guy and and excellent player in his own right. Jimmy Jr. Has been telling all kinds of great stories about his dad, and this drill is one of them. He said his dad used to shoot this 35 no count, even on the money. Basically you line up all 15 balls in order from the bottom of the foot rail in a straight line out past the spot. I’ve found that after the 8-ball or so, you’ll need some space between the balls so you can still hit the contact point. In the drill you must shoot the balls in order, into oposite corner pockets every shot. There really is no rule that you must go 2 rails with the cue ball, or only 1 rail with the cue ball every time. You can even bank a ball if you get out of line, or draw the cue ball 3 rails to get back into shape if need be. But you MUST shot them in order, and into opposite bottom corner pockets every shot. Then, when you make the 15 ball, you place the balls...