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03-20-2006, 07:56 AM
i started playing pool abut 3 months ago and play as much as possible, im pretty serious about it and my father is an excellent pool shooter so i learn alot from him, but hes into more of bar shooting and such when i want to become good and enter tournements and such, i getto the bar to shoot about 3 times a week maybe 2, what is some things i can do on my "off" time while not at the bar, also is there an age limit to play pool at a bar due to i just got my lisence.
03-20-2006, 08:19 AM
Several routes you can go. If you have the money, I would suggest going to an instructor. There are BCA certified instructors as well as others. And there are some top instructors in the U.S., but you might have to travel to take lessons and that would of course cost more. For local instructors, I would find the best local player you can, then ask that person who he learned from - who he thinks is the best local instructor. Then ask a few others. If several people say the same person, that is a clue. You will find the best pool players in pool halls and at tournaments (rather than bars). Around here the better players prefer BCA rules tournaments to "bar rules" tournaments.
If you don't have the money for instruction, there are lots of books and videos on how to play. Check at new bookstores. Also at used bookstores. Ask if they have books on pool or billiards. Sometimes these are in the sports section, sometimes games, sometimes both.
There are hundreds of books and videos on billiards...
03-20-2006, 08:37 AM
BTW my idea of an excellent pool player is they will break and runout several times in an evening. And if two excellent players are playing each other, one will break and not make a ball on the break or scratch, then the other will run all his balls in with one visit (inning) at the table.
So not making a ball on the break or scratching on the break results in a lost game because the other guy runs out (shoots all his balls in). Or one player misses a shot then the other player runs all his balls in.
Also what the better players will do is if they do not have a shot they can make, they will play a safety leaving their opponent with a difficult or impossible shot.
With lesser skilled players, you will see them getting up to shoot/sitting down many many times for one game. So it may take them 10 visits (innings) to the table before they are able to shoot in all their balls.
Also the number of balls they can run in when it is their turn to shoot... Lesser skilled players can only shoot in one or two balls per turn at the table. The better players can shoot in 7 or 8 balls per turn at the table.
03-20-2006, 02:09 PM
I too would recommend reading some books. 99 Critical Shots in Pool, The 8-Ball Bible (For Bar-table Play), and The Illustrated Principles of Pool and Billiards are some favorites. If I were you, I would also try to watch some videos of pool matches. Every once in awhile they show some on ESPN but you can also find them on the internet at this site Korean Pool Videos (http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ko&u=http://www.tbc.co.kr/tbc_sports/billiard_03_3.htm&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dhttp://tbc.co.kr/tbc_sports/billiard_03_3.htm%26num%3D100%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26 rls%3DGGLG,GGLG:2005-34,GGLG:en) or at More Pool Videos (http://babelfish.altavista.com/babelfish/trurl_pagecontent?lp=ru_en&trurl=http%3a%2f%2fwww. probilliard.info%2f_misc%2fpool-video.php) . I know they also have some on Google Video if you search Pool or Billiards.
03-20-2006, 02:55 PM
Most bars do have an age limit of 21 to hang out. There is most likely a pool hall nearby where you can play. Also, teen recreation centers, churches, YMCAs, and friends may have pool tables where you can play for free. Read everything you can find on the web as far as instructions and advice. Take everything with a grain of salt and realize there is a lot of variation between players as far as style, opinions, and execution are concerned. Also be aware that there are few shortcuts. Hours on the table are the most critical aspect of learning pool. Using those hours wisely will save you time. There are at least two different types of tournaments as well. Most of the tournaments are going to be played on bar type pool tables (usually smaller and less attention paid by the owner as to how well they play). The best and most prestigious tournaments are played on a bigger table with lots of attention paid as to how well the tables play. Most people will recommend practicing on the type of table that you are most likely to play on in a tournament as your strategy and execution will be different on a different size/type of table and balls. If you have a cue stick, you can practice your stroke using your dining room table and a soda bottle. Practice stroking your cue into the opening on the soda bottle without hitting the sides. This will help you develop a straight delivery of the cue to the cue ball. Willie Mosconi (one of the greatest players that ever lived) used to shoot potatoes with a broom stick and use coins to work out shots on his desk at school because his dad wouldn't let him play. If you are dedicated enough and use your imagination, you will find a way...
03-20-2006, 07:10 PM
Not all bars require you to be 21. I know in my area there are at least 3 or 4 weekly tournaments in bars or sports pubs that allow players 18 and up. I would watch out though, you want to make sure you don't start any trouble. Make sure you know the rules before you play!!!
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