The Psychology of Pool

The term “psychology” is often included in conversations about pool, probably because the sport is considered to have such a significant mental component. I’m using the term in this column, however, somewhat differently than usual. I’m not referring to the understanding of psychology that will help you psych out your opponent or take advantage More...

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Adapting to a New Cue

In the last issue, I told you how I switched to a longer cue in hopes of improving my game. I gave you all the reasons why a 6-foot-plus guy like me, with long arms and legs, should benefit from such a move. I related More...

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When to Take a Break

Pool is an addictive sport, and many people who get involved in it end up pursuing dreams of mastery and conquest. Sometimes they lead to fame and fortune, and sometimes they lead to frustration and pain. Most often, More...

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Making a Game

In the last issue, I wrote about taking a break from the game and shared some measures you could use to decide whether or not a vacation from pool would be helpful. This month, I want to take a look at an excellent More...

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The Stroke as Context

The last three “Pro Pool Workout” columns were devoted to looking at the stroke from the perspective of technique and routine. We singled out some of the major flaws and looked at ways to correct them. We looked More...

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Creativity Versus Workmanship

Creativity is a term often tossed around it pool conversations, usually when being used to describe one player or another. Recently I heard about a study that named Efren Reyes and Danny Diliberto as the two most More...

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Feeling Good

Sometimes you’re booked so far in advance for a tournament that you follow through and play even if you don’t feel good. In those cases, you try to make the best out of what you have. If it’s a mental or emotional More...

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Practice to Play

Most serious players know that it takes work to practice successfully. They approach each practice session with commitment and intention and view the opportunity as one where they can devote an intensified focus More...

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Self-Control

In pool, the issue of control begins with being able to control the destination of the object ball. Once that skill is established, the concept of control shifts to one of controlling the cue ball and after that More...

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SHOT PROCESS OVERVIEW

Over the last ten issues, this column has been devoted to an in-depth look into the shot process. Since we essentially finished in the last issue, let’s use this month for an overview. In the beginning, I defined More...

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