Archive for March, 2013
Having touch in the sport of pool & billiards is so important. To get the cue ball to land where you want, not only to you have to judge the speed in your mind, you must transmit that decision into the cue stick through your arm, hand, and into the shot. Your grip hand is the contact point between your brain and the shot, so you better have a deft touch inside of your grip hand. Your paws (hands) have to to be somewhat ‘soft’ to get the job done.
My best friend growing up had a chance to meet the President George H. W. Bush and shake his hand. He said his hand was unbelievably soft. Makes sense since his whole life has been that of a politician.
When playing pool, you need the grip hand of a president. Even if your hand is rough, you have to have a ‘soft’ hand in delivering the cue. Cradle the cue, don’t grip it too tight or too soft. Allow the perfect speed of the shot to transmit through your hand and into the cue, without interference.
Just think about this and let me know it helps your pool & billiards game.
Good luck and I’ll see you soon…
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EASTER BANK SHOTS FOR YOU
Here is a montage of bank shots at the Pro Pool Academy. Notice the speed of most of them…
Here is a recent match of mine at the Rumrunner Trop during the Andy Mercer 9-Ball event, streamed by povpool.com
Hi, here is a sample of a recent 15-Ball vs “The Ghost” run out…Playing the ghost on a pool table is when you break the rack of pool balls and take cue ball in hand and then run the table, if you run out then you beat the ghost, if not then the ghost wins.
Part 2 Conclusion of the 2013 Derby City Classic 14.1 Challenge Semi-Finals: Niels Feijen VS Max Eberle
The exciting conclusion of the Semi-Finals of the Derby City Classic 14.1 Challenge on the 10-Foot Diamond table… 2008 World 14.1 Champion Niels Feijen VS 2006 World 14.1 Bronze Medalist Max Eberle…
Here is a sample montage of the 15-Ball VS. “The Ghost” run outs with instructional commentary that members get at propoolacademy.com
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Ultimately a pool player needs to have accurate perception of pool shots at all the different angles. So it kind of makes sense that you should run through all the angles in a practice session so that you can start to “see” all of them. Well, yes and no. Yes because of course this will help you, it will be good, actually great to become familiar with all the angles. The more time you put into that the better.
And no, because just moving through the angles relatively quickly can cause you to gloss over the depth and quality of a practice session that could have been devoted to only one angle, one shot. Or one angle and many “shots” relating to cue ball position off of that one angle.
To say it simply, practicing one shot till the cows come home (sprinkling in different cue ball destinations) will actually increase your perception and ability to make balls on all of the other angles. You’ve got to trust me on this one and try it out for yourself. See the diagram on page 59 in Zen Pool (below) if you have the book or eBook, this is from the chapter Cue Ball Compass…
Take a shot like the one below and work on it for an hour. Do it so much that you forget how many sets of 15 balls you shoot. I call this “hitting buckets of balls” type of practice. This is the kind of practice that improves your game for life. It also helps you get out of a slump. It increases your accuracy and your body awareness. It improves your grip, bridge, stance, setup, focus, shot-making, and cue ball control.
When you do practice one shot in this way, you simply start to see all the shots and all the angles with more accuracy.
It does not have to be the shot below. Create your own shot to practice. Do a few, or do one new shot every day. This will make you so good it’s insane…if you are dedicated to actually doing it with full concentration. Don’t talk to people who would distract you. Brush them off or ignore them. Seriously. Get to work. And then buy them a beer when you knock them out of the next tournament
Copyright 2006 Max Eberle
Enjoy this one and work hard.
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Aiming in pool has long been a hot topic in pool, and it seems so now more than ever. Aim is important, yet stance, bridge, and stroke must come first. As an instructor who has personally worked with thousands of players, I can say for sure that aim is not the big deal that it is made out to be. In fact, before I even see a student even hit a ball, most of the time I know what we will be working on right away, and it’s not aim.
Once a player is enlightened to all the flaws in their fundamentals, AND how to fix them, there is a lot of work and time that then must be invested in creating one’s self into a new pool shooting machine. Once this machine starts to take tangible and reliable shape, several “aiming systems” will now work. The magic bullet is not in the aiming system, but in the body coordination that goes into delivering the cue through the cue ball.
That being the case, once a player has a SUPER CONSISTENT approach and delivery of their cue, aiming once again becomes important. Just as aim to a sharpshooter is important… yet even the sharpshooter must know how to not get in his own way by timing the shot with his breath, not moving his body at all, etc. etc…
It is alluring to seek the magic “AIMING” bullet that will make you a champion overnight… however don’t be so hypnotized by the aiming siren that you forget to handle the real business of mastering your fundamentals of stance, bridge, stroke, and keeping your body (and head) still during your shot execution.
Ok fellow pool player, enjoy the simple yet beautiful act of running the tables… ;)
See you soon…
The trophy exists inside of you first…
There are only two ways to think about the 1% of the pool players who have become run out players and tournament champions. One way is to think that their position is unjust, that what they have is simply a result of randomness or luck, and beyond most people’s reach, or they were simply blessed with crazy talent and just the right circumstances to make them as good as they are and able to win as much as they do. This type of thinking basically guarantees that one will not have to worry about becoming a great player.
The other way to think about it is: If one person can do it, then there is no reason I can’t do it too. If he can do it then that is proof that others can, therefore I can too. So now I will get busy figuring out how and start doing it now, today. You will either see great players and their abilities, talents, and wins as proof you can’t…. or proof you can.
Having the winning mind-set for pool is an utmost important thing. Both in the match you have now, and in your hope and prospect for long term success and future improvement to become the pool player and person you want to become. You can create and change your mindset through the power of your own imagination and thinking, and through the power of association (exercised by being here and the players you listen to, learn from, and hang out with), and through the power of implementation of the skills you learn.
Shut your mind out to negative comments thrown out at you by weak thinkers or sleazy sharks trying to throw you off your game. Hold on the the positive champion comments, thoughts, compliments. Hold highest in your mind the vision of yourself being a champion and possessing the skill, ability, and heart to be a champion… on and off the pool table.
See you soon…
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