Drills & Exercises for Pool & Pocket Billiards - Discover your Comfort and Chaos Zones [NOOK Book]

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Probably the worst experience to live through when holding a cue stick in your hands is practicing. As much as you love the game, there is something about setting up a shot and shooting it over and over (and over) until you just can’t force yourself to continue. You start banging balls around the table with no ...
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Drills & Exercises for Pool & Pocket Billiards - Discover your Comfort and Chaos Zones

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Overview

[SUPPORT: When you purchase this book, author help is included. Send your question about the material by email (see inside the book).]

Probably the worst experience to live through when holding a cue stick in your hands is practicing. As much as you love the game, there is something about setting up a shot and shooting it over and over (and over) until you just can’t force yourself to continue. You start banging balls around the table with no real focus on accomplishing any kind of improvement.

So, this book could be a waste of time, or it could be an opportunity to take your game from the bar-banger level to the ability to creditably compete in tournaments.
These drills and exercises are based on the concept of progressive advancement. Start with an easy setup, prove that you can make that 4 out of 5 times, and then make it slightly more difficult. Keep on pushing the limits as far as the table edges allow.

Put this book on your eBook reader, smart phone, tablet, or laptop. Bring this to the table along with your paper reinforcement rings (donuts) and you are ready to improve yourself.

This is not a book to be run through a couple of times and then set aside to gather dust in some long unvisited folder on your computing device. Open your online calendar (Google, Yahoo, etc.) and put in reminders every few months to shoot this, that, these, or those pages. In between these scheduled self-testing periods, work with the other Billiard Gods books.

Study this material in two steps. In the comfort of your favorite easy-chair or recliner, review each table layout and thoughtfully consider the ball positions.

Could you do the shot at slow, medium and fast CB speeds? Use the “notes” feature of your reader to add assumptions, possibilities, and considerations.

To continue developing yourself as an Intelligent Shooter – you have to get past the “fooling around” stage of your playing career and get serious about becoming a competitive player.

The purpose of the book is to provide a single-source that provides drills to improve almost any skill. Yes, drills are boring. For most people, about all they can handle is 10-15 minutes before they start looking for any excuse to stop practicing. This single source of table layouts and setups can chase away boredom for at least another 20-30 minutes.

The secret to effective practicing is to actually concentrate on improving one thing at a time. Generally, you want to practice a missed shot that cost you a game or match. You can set up and shoot that shot 30, 40, even 50 times before your intense learning desire burns out. But the boredom gremlin eventually manages to get your attention.

This book has hundreds of exercises (and when counting variations – a near infinite variety). When your interest on one exercise fades, select another drill, and so on. Start off a practice session with some ball pocketing exercises. Switch over to some drills that concentrate on making the CB dance to your tune. Then, set up some of the self-pacing practice games at the end of the book to self-demonstrate your improved playing skills.

It is very important that you understand that there are many ways for you to stroke the CB. Keeping it fairly basic, there are 39 different CB speed and spin (CB speed/spin) shot variations. If you want to get real good at pocket billiards, you must make a dedicated effort to “own” these shots.

B&N is not currently configured for PDF versions (see the author's billiard gods website). PDF files can be read on any ereader, smart phone, or tablet.

Also see the author's Billiards Blog on the Billiard Gods web site.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013890695
  • Publisher: Allan Sand
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 890,019
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author

I have been a billiards instructor for a long time. My playing and competitive experience goes back over 50 years and across the continents of the world.

In my years (decades actually) of playing pool, about my only guide to playing better was Mosconi's "Winning Pocket Billiards". It helped - a lot. When that was learned and applied, I was still losing lots of games. I must have been a slow learner, because I allowed myself to stay at a solid intermediate level for a long time.

Then, a particularly irritating friend of mine started playing. Off-table he was a very good friend. But on-table he treated me badly - not only outshooting me, but taunting and twisting (and twisting) the knife of defeat.

I could handle the verbal abuse - since I always gave as good as I got.
But I got REAL tired of being beaten. That's when I decided to start figuring out WHY he was walking all over my bruised body. I started paying more attention to what he did and how he did it.

That was the turning point of my pool playing competency. I started understanding just how complex and even more enjoyable was this Green Game. Being a helpful kind of guy, I started giving beginning players little tips and ideas to help them shoot better. It's no fun beating up a weak player, so I coached them along with my new discoveries.

And, that leads to my career as an author and commercial writer. The books I write include every little trick and shortcut that I have discovered over my decades of playing shooters of all skills. Buried within each book are dozens of little tricks that have double benefits. For example, in "Cue Ball Control Cheat Sheets", when you learn the shot, you are forced to pay VERY close attention to the cue tip/ball connection. Which, FYI, is the true secret to getting real good at pool.

If you REALLY want to own the information in each book, there must be evidence. A printed book should be dog-eared, dirty with chalk, with notes and observations on each page. An ebook should have worn out at least two or three batteries on your device.

FYI, I have a blog (three actually) on my billiardgods web site.
- "Good to Know" Pool Stuff
- Drills & Exercises
- Challenge Shootouts

Read, enjoy, comment on the posts. Tell your shooting buddies, playing relatives, and table enemies about the stuff. Have fun, enjoy, and shoot straight.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2015

    Don't waste your money!

    They messed up on the digital transfer. Quite a few parts are gibberish. 1h.*s,i9& The graphics are horrible, and the instruction is useless. Urg! Try Pool Players Edge or Precision Pool instead

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