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  • #31
    Originally posted by Billy Jackets View Post
    I'm not usually a knocker, but the next time I hear him give someone that speech ,it's gonna be awful hard not to remind him how fast he hit the door, when he had his chance to stretch his wings !
    I agree Mr. Jackets.

    There always seems to be at least someone in a pool room that the rest of the players just LOVE to see lose. (Gambling or in a Tournament)
    Been practicing more and more... still need a consistant stroke and glasses

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    • #32
      Sausage, I tried the exercise you suggested - straight-in corner to corner, cue ball frozen to the rail - to check my stroke. Just as I feared, it's not so good.
      If it ain't funny, it ain't much.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by sausage View Post
        that's right.... in fact, Dick Lane told me "practice your weaknesses" . that's how he got so good.... and on that note, today i was practicing straight-in corner to corner shots with the cueball frozen to the rail. Thorston recommends using this as a practice drill to check your stroke by following the object ball into the pocket. super difficult but rewarding when you do so.
        corner to corner
        how do you freeze the cue ball to the rail??
        there is a pocket in the corner
        i obviously dont understand the cue ball object ball placements
        i apologize for being so dense...

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Billy Jackets View Post
          I'm not saying this is what you do , I am just using your premise for an intro to an example.
          I'm in the pool room one day and in comes a guy who is 4 or 5 balls better than anyone in the room.
          He's an arrogant blowhard which makes it even worse.
          Last I heard he still lived with his parents and moved his girlfriend in a few years ago ,I am guessing him in his early 30s.
          He's never had a job anyone knows of and only comes around on rare occasions to play in weak tournaments or try to pluck a fish out of the water.
          Anyway, he's been all around the room making games he would be stealing at and he finally tells this young guy with more heart than brains that he is going to have to extend himself to get any better.
          The kids about to go for it, and in walks a real player.
          He immediately goes up to blowhard and offers him a pretty big spot , of course blowhard says he would play any time but he has to go.
          I'm not usually a knocker, but the next time I hear him give someone that speech ,it's gonna be awful hard not to remind him how fast he hit the door, when he had his chance to stretch his wings !
          LOL, This is a very common character and conversation in most pool halls. It's not new, he is not recreating the wheel. That guy who has never had a job actually has one, it's gambling! Guy told me a long time ago, you can work for a living or gamble, you cant do both. Your 8-10 hours on the job, he's learning a new hustle or spending it practicing the prop he's going to sell to the fish. That old "you have to gamble, or extend yourself" talk is a pyramid scheme. They tell that to fish who believe it and rob them until they get good enough for those fish to tell that same lie to the next batch of fish. Teach that fish just enough to get better, but never enough for him to stop feeding you at the top of the pyramid. The more fish you can keep under you, the longer your stay at the top of the pyramid.lol Works especially well on certain individual's personalities, obviously. We all know who they are. You can challenge yourself and get better without handing someone your wallet. There's just too much available out there technologically these days for someone to have to gamble to pay for each lesson on the pool table.

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          • #35
            i forgot to mention something critical about pocketing balls. PLAY YOUR POSITION ON EVERY SHOT, EVEN YOUR FINAL SHOT. this is why you see so many good players miss the money ball or "choke". they stop playing their position... i had a good player tell me this long ago "play your position on every shot".... low and behold this is what Rempe's aforementioned practice routine forces you to do. when your position is on, the object ball falls. never watch the object ball to the pocket. follow the cue-ball and listen for the object ball to fall. Keep your eyes glued to your cue-ball position. the object-ball is only there to set the parameters of cue-ball position. ... i'm absolutely certain that this is the key to consistent shot-making. i was watching a video of Reyes not playing well. he started watching his cue-ball like it just stole his wallet. it was that noticeable. this is the key. this is the truth, the way and the light.
            Last edited by sausage; 12-16-2017, 08:57 PM.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by FrenchAT View Post
              That old "you have to gamble, or extend yourself" talk is a pyramid scheme.
              not according to John Schmidt. he encourages lesser players to gamble to improve their game. in fact, i learned while watching one-pocket videos of Scott Frost the commentators were remarking about how Scott was schooled in the game by losing a lot of money or "paying his dues". i believe that this is true. nothing will make you more determined to improve your game than losing your money. just like losing a fight. you become determined to never let that happen again and work on your weaknesses. there's nothing sweeter than being able to beat-up someone who used to pick on you.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by vapros View Post
                Sausage, I tried the exercise you suggested - straight-in corner to corner, cue ball frozen to the rail - to check my stroke. Just as I feared, it's not so good.
                Yep, me too lol.
                "One Pocket, it's an epidemic and there ain't no cure."
                -- Strawberry Brooks

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by NH Steve View Post
                  Yep, me too lol.
                  you have to make certain that you push your cue straight through that object ball. if you twist it one way or another you are going to fail.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by vapros View Post
                    Sausage, I tried the exercise you suggested - straight-in corner to corner, cue ball frozen to the rail - to check my stroke. Just as I feared, it's not so good.
                    yeah, it's a real showstopper isn't it. lol... try it with a bit of downward pressure on the cue looking at the cue-ball and stroking through the blurry object ball in your peripheral vision. but don't feel bad. it's tough for everyone but Thorston.

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by lll View Post
                      corner to corner
                      how do you freeze the cue ball to the rail??
                      there is a pocket in the corner
                      i obviously dont understand the cue ball object ball placements
                      i apologize for being so dense...
                      put the cue-ball close to the corner pocket on the rail and the object ball on a straight line with the opposite corner pocket then try to make the object ball and follow it in with your cueball.

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