The In and Out
This came from a post I put up on AzBilliards.com in a discussion about how to stay in the Zone and get back in it once you fall out.
Originally Posted by 336Robin
Speaking for myself. If I start out cold I go back to the basics, make sure my
fundamentals are sound and pot some balls, get some shape nothing fancy about it.
Take what the table gives. In awhile I'll feel more grounded and can use more shot
pressure and spin techniques to get perfect but I stop it short of screwing anything up
for speed control. I keep my mind on the reasonable, executable needs for the next
shot and then I feel it coming back in where those decisions are automatic and are the
right decisions to start with. I cruise in this atmosphere making sure not to do
something crazy to put an end to it. Sometimes you have to control your urges to get
perfect because you're not superman. At least not yet.
Another Poster Said: Bingo....this. Summed up perfectly.
My observation is when you know how you do something and can do it, immediately on sight, then you have that piece worked out and its easier to add other skills to it. So spending some time examining how you aim the shot, hit the ball, pre- shot routine, stroke routine, stroke delivery/mechanics, where you send the cue ball to--are you consistently too thick or thin and should you adjust, Speed Control, how you bank this particular shot is time well spent because so many situations arise later where the principles from one thing, lead into another. I go over all these area in my material. I make it simple and concise.
I think its very hard to hit the zone until you know how you do what you, for me that involves aiming because knowing how to address the shot is the core of the game. You simply have to see the shot, understand it for what it is and be able to execute the right way. That doesn't mean that you become so technical that you can't get anything else done. You plot your course and seek to execute and you learn from bad experiences. The plotting of the course is the aiming part. The adjustment to correct is the delivery part. When you know both things you know all there is to know about the shot and now you can learn to deliver with Side Spin for when you plan the perfect path into the position zone. So its many things all rolled into one.
It means you learn to simplify your processes so all of it get's done.
Whenever you have all these things practiced for, then you know what you're capable of and your mind can tell you how to execute what puts you right on the next shot. The zone is obtained by progressive, thoughtful practice as in a rehearsal where once you have the pieces assembled you can perform and maintain. It's a consistent process of walk up, aim, get down to shoot, deliver the cue ball with the right speed and spin to get right for the next ball. Its a small symphony that gets played over and over again. It's your job to start at the beginning and perfect each piece. Each shot you have to learn to make with Center, Top, Bottom, Left and Right Spin. I make it a lot easier by breaking it down to simple terms.
This is what I created my techniques for, so that you can learn to do more. I make my techniques easy as possible so you can add other skills to them.
The Bit on Banking
I've always been fascinated by banking shots and I do a pretty good job of it because I play a lot of One Pocket. Freddy Bentivegna's banking books are the best out that I'm aware of. Specifically in those books is a table of manipulations that gives it in terms of diamond distance effects. They are important to experienced bankers. Full face banks you can use the diamond systems for plus and minus techniques. What isn't in his books I tried to put in my downloadable Robbing the Bank Shot. In my book is a better way to describe the process that one goes through in order to arrive at the correct spot on the rail to bank into. Now complicate that with the fact that in order to cinch the shot each bank or type of bank will play best a bit differently. So you'll end up knowing the half way point but that half way point may not be the best way to play the shot and you may end up needing a combination of shot pressure or spin and I give you an idea on how to arrive at those decisions in my book. I also give you a way to learn to shoot Pass Over and Back Cut Banks. Banking is something you have to work with there is no secret do it all formula but there are many people that shoot all banks hard and build around that but that won't do you much good for other games unless you play a lot of Bank Pool and that's it.
Some of the Most Ridiculous Things I've ever heard
Pool Instruction isn't without some of the most ridiculous things ever heard that simply aren't true and its this way for a multitude of reasons, mostly depending on who is doing the instructing and who is doing the learning.
Possibly the biggest thing I've heard over time that makes me cringe is this because my technique provides the answer. I've heard and even read that when you get down in the shot you're supposed to be lined up perfectly when you get down on the shot. While that might be true in a basic sort of way you also might find yourself out of kilter in a microscopic adjustment sort of way. So you adjust microscopically.
Don't expect that especially when you're using side spin that you'll arrive in perfect position every time when you get down on the shot. Allow yourself to do the small adjustments based on distance and your feel for shot based on what you know you can do. This is why I teach Side Spin adjustments based on the cue shaft you play with and by distance with the amount of Side Spin that you most like to use. I advise keeping it that way until you've become accustomed to it and then you know you'll need to make a greater allowance with more tips of Spin.
The other thing that's true and false is this:
Some instructors say you don't need Side Spin to play a great game of Pool. It might be because they don't know how to teach it. This is why I've studied it the way I have. Yes I will avoid it if at all possible but sometimes its needed. Find me a pro who doesn't use it ever.
You can play a great game of Pool by doing a couple of things.
*** Develop perfect speed control and then if you can get started out right and stay in line you should be able to use Top, Bottom and Center to stay in line. Absolutely True...."if you can stay perfectly in line throughout your run." How often does it happen that its hard to get in line? What do you do if you need to get in line? So the true challenge is to pot the ball and get in line. It might take knowing some Side Spin to do that and it might be good to know how to use the Side Spin to get the best position in order to use Top, Center and Bottom only in order to get out. Pool is a game in which shots have to be made and you increase the likelihood of all of that by getting closer to the shot. When you're way out of line, you're shooting long distance shots or you're on the wrong side of the ball. If you want the best lessons in the world they are going to cover what Spin to use in what situation to get back in line. So why not make that an intense area of your study in Pool?*** I make all of that easier to do. Making it easier is my entire purpose. My Cue Ball Speed and Stroke Control pdf covers a lot of what you need to focus on to get better Cue Ball Control and its not complicated.
The Truth in Aiming
I came on the scene when Aiming Systems were on the rise. I just like (everyone whose done a lot of playing) had an opinion. I knew something was missing with the techniques being talked about because people were having trouble with them. As far as how good players aim they just do and many can't verbalize how they do what they do but trust me all of them have a starting point that tells them how to line up and this is the way they've learned. I felt that the Aiming end of the Game needed better explanation and description of how it really is. So this is my original version that is unique, has parameters to follow and is the same each time while staying in line with all of the known best practices of the game.
There are so many ways that people have found to make a ball find the pocket (including aiming by the light reflections on the balls) that aiming is now said to be subjective to the users preference. Early on I took part in those online arguments over the subject but I found it counter productive and just went to work on my techniques and that's paid off in easy to learn techniques that are repeatable.
My intent was to take my time and get it as right as possible and in order to have it the most right Side Spin would have to be included in it as well . I worked and developed my material over a long period of time beginning in 2005. I couldn't type well when I started so it was a real uphill battle. As I worked I typed notes, made drawings and examined and reexamined how things worked making sure I had things right. I'm not bashing how anyone else feels about any of the current techniques. Each of the Authors of those other systems were passionate and dedicated to what they were doing as they felt they had something important to share.
I've worked hard to represent the total truth as it pertains to shot making and no one that I know of takes the entire width of the object ball, has perceptions that point to the pocket or considers distance in side spin applications. You're getting all original material. Once you see it you'll find that your understanding gets better and greater the more you use it. I'm proud of that. I think I have the best material out there to give you a realistic approach to the shot making part of the game that will allow your game to grow. Most people tell me that they noticed improvement and increase confidence immediately. I want you to enjoy pool a lot more and then turn your friends onto my books so they can enjoy it as well.
Aiming is a two major part thing. There is the aiming part then there is the cue ball delivery part. You can't deliver correctly to a place that you don't know. When you do know, then the circle is complete.
If you invest hundreds of dollars into your pool gear why not invest in better techniques in which to use it? The cost of both books pales into comparison to those expenses and may be the key to the core of your game for a lifetime. Thank you.