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Godzilla
09-17-2005, 09:21 PM
Hi, I was just wondering what drills people use to better their play? I find I have a lot more time playing alone downstairs now instead of out at my local poolhall now that I have a 4 month old baby at home /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

I spend a lot of my time just racking balls and playing them out or concentrating on a single shot that I have been having trouble with. Is there a better way?

P.S. I have not posted much here but I have spent many hours reading and the quality of information here has been surpurb and a huge help to my game. Thank you to everyone who helps.

Godzilla

tjlmbklr
09-18-2005, 10:17 AM
You sound a lot like me, Only difference is i spent several thousand dollars renovating my attic to a rec. room. I am also loking for good pratice drills. I know there are some books and several video on the subject. I need something to go of of, otherwise I just end up knocking balls around and never consentrating on one thing.Otherwise if you play 8-ball here is a good drill I found


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Throw seven balls on the table. Then throw the eight ball on the table. Then proceed to run out the rack, finishing with the eight ball. You are acting as if your opponent ran down to the eight ball and missed.
Play a race to five. Any time you fail to run out, the Perfect Pool player wins. Absolute total honesty is required in this exercise. You need a clear readout of your current level of skills. You need to know how well you are playing at this time. How well are you playing?
There is a difference between "I'm hitting the balls well" and "I'm playing well."
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tjlmbklr

recoveryjones
09-18-2005, 11:36 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Godzilla:</font><hr> Hi, I was just wondering what drills people use to better their play? I find I have a lot more time playing alone downstairs now instead of out at my local poolhall now that I have a 4 month old baby at home /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

I spend a lot of my time just racking balls and playing them out or concentrating on a single shot that I have been having trouble with. Is there a better way?

P.S. I have not posted much here but I have spent many hours reading and the quality of information here has been surpurb and a huge help to my game. Thank you to everyone who helps.

Godzilla <hr /></blockquote>

Bert Kinisters vhs tapes called Volume #1 "the 60 Minute Workout"and Vol.11 "Advanced Fundamentals" are two great videos to own.Use Volume #11 to build your stroke and make sure it is straight before moving on to the 60 minute workout.

Other than that here are some links I found on the internet with some drills and instruction.

Enjoy:

http://www.snookergames.co.uk/tuition.html

(use these snooker drills on a pool table to make sure you have a straight stroke, when you do....then move onto the drills below)

http://www.geocities.com/blkjackds12/Drills.html

http://www.bcv-neustadt.de/Training...tice_drills.htm

http://www.mabn.com/improve/drilmain.htm#drill-body


http://www.barenada.com/poolworkout.shtml

http://www.easypooltutor.com/article-topic-18.html
(press read more for diagrams)

http://www.tableskills.com/

(go to instruction section)

http://www.poolroom.com/articles.asp?ID=4






INSTRUCTION SITES:

http://www.jimloy.com/billiard/kick.htm

http://www.azbilliards.com/vbulletin/upload/showthread.php?t=9115 (this link will take you to kicking academy Part 1, to find kicking academy links 2-8 do a search at AZ)


http://www.engr.colostate.edu/~dga/pool/technical_proofs/ (this one has video)

http://www3.sympatico.ca/eric.perreault/diamond_system_en.html

http://www.tomrosspool.com/pdf/Kicking%20and%20Banking/Two-Rail%20Kicks.pdf

http://www.billiardsatlas.com/atlas.html

http://www.freepoollessons.com/lessons/index.shtml

http://www.easypooltutor.com/

http://www.greatpool.com/technique.htm

http://www.tableskills.com/

http://www.poolhall.com/

http://www.geocities.com/blkjackds12/volume1main.html

http://www.nmt.edu/~billiard/classes/pocket_2.html

http://www.racksnrides.com/Free%20Pool%20Tips/Pool%20Lessons/Pool%20Lesson%20Frames/Billiard%20Shots%20Main2.htm

http://www.professorqball.com/instruction.html

http://www.uk-pool.com/diamond.php

Godzilla
09-18-2005, 12:39 PM
wow, thanks for the great leads recoveryjones, that'll give me a great deal to start work on right away. Its like christmas time already getting that much to go with, thanks.

Tjlmbklr,
yeah no difference, I'm up to about 8 grand renovating my basement and putting the table in. Most of that is in the table tho, gabriels signature pro (MMMmmm sweet) that I got shipped up from las vegas 9 ball invitational a couple years ago. If anyone is wondering whether its worth it to put a table in, it very much is!

Thanks again,
Godzilla

Barbara
09-18-2005, 12:44 PM
Go to www.joetucker.net (http://www.joetucker.net) and go to his products section. He has a drill book called "Guaranteed Improvement" where you score yourself on drills. It's a great little drill book and seriously underpriced for its content.

Good Practicing!

Barbara

BigRigTom
09-20-2005, 02:05 PM
I have done a lot of the drills from these various web sites and someone a while back recommended to me the Alan Hopkins Q skills score card.
I like this one a lot:

http://infohost.nmt.edu/~billiard/qskills_scorecard.html

You don't have to actually send it in...if you don'twant to.
Just try it out and see if it works for you.
I like to compete against my best score and it helps me to focus on each rack.

poolturtle
09-21-2005, 07:40 PM
I used to have a table set up (it's in storage now /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif )

I didn't have any drill books or anything, so I used to make up games to practice certain techniques.

1. Running balls down the rails.

This used to be a major problem for me, so I set up the entire rack of balls against the rails. 1 on each diamond on both the long rails (12 balls), with the last 3 on the 3 diamonds of 1 end rail. Start with the ball in the center of the table, and run the balls out in any order. If you miss, set them up again and start over.

2. Running out and finish. Good practice for finishing out a rack.

Start out with 3 balls and the 8 ball. Rack and break them, then start with ball in hand, and run out. When you can do that 70-80% of the time, add a ball. Keep adding balls until you have all 7 and the 8 ball. Then add opposing balls 1 at a time until you have a full rack.

3. Banks and combinations. Used to play this with a friend.

Play regular 8 ball, except the only legal shots are bank shots, kick shots, or some sort of combination. Basically, no straight shots. You'll start noticing shots you've never seen before.

4. Safety play.

Play normal 8 ball, except you can only shoot 1 ball at a time. The second shot has to be a safety. Of course, you can elect to shoot safe on the first shot. Excellent at working on cueball control when there are few balls left on the table.

Just my humble contribution. I mostly play 8 ball, so I use that game, but I guess they could be applied to any other game as well.