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    What's the short list of most important playing tips for winning one pocket?

    I'll volunteer a couple (that may or may not make the 10 Commandment cut):

    - Always play safe, whether shooting or not.

    - When not shooting leave the CB frozen to something.

    pj
    chgo

    [A thread like this was just started on AzB.]

  • #2
    10 Commandments of One Pocket

    Great idea Patrick. Here are my initial thoughts.


    1.The CueBall gets Priority!
    2.Don’t “Go for one more ball” if it will cost you control of the table.
    3.Check for dead ones.
    4.Don’t be afraid to take a foul.
    5.Sometimes its best to just give him the ball.
    6.Dont force a shot that you know doesn’t go! “If it don’t go... it DONT GO”
    7.Don’t be a hero.
    8.If the safe is as difficult as the shot.... Take the shot!
    9.Practice Crossover Banks
    10.The best move is 8 and out.
    Mitch needs to remember to play the score and that it's better to win than to look like a hero.

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    • #3
      here is a whole bunch from a thread with the same theme on azb yesterday
      https://forums.azbilliards.com/showthread.php?t=485579

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      • #4
        Im sticking with the 10 commandments of love.
        1.Thou shall never love another
        2. and stand by me all the while
        3. take happiness with the heartaches
        4. and go thru life wearing a smile
        oh how happy we will be if we
        keep the 10 commandments of love....

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mkbtank View Post
          Great idea Patrick.
          I thought so too, but it's not mine - I'm just copying a thread idea from AzB that I thought would stimulate the 1P.org brain trust.

          pj
          chgo

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mkbtank View Post
            Great idea Patrick. Here are my initial thoughts.


            1.The CueBall gets Priority!
            2.Don’t “Go for one more ball” if it will cost you control of the table.
            3.Check for dead ones.
            4.Don’t be afraid to take a foul.
            5.Sometimes its best to just give him the ball.
            6.Dont force a shot that you know doesn’t go! “If it don’t go... it DONT GO”
            7.Don’t be a hero.
            8.If the safe is as difficult as the shot.... Take the shot!
            9.Practice Crossover Banks
            10.The best move is 8 and out.
            Sounds like you studied Artie B's and Jimmy Fusco's 1 Pocket playbook!

            ALL looks good to me!

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            • #7
              1-10
              Protect Whitey
              Coyotes, Eagles, and Deer, oh my!

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              • #8
                simple answer. play the shot that gives you the best chance of winning the game. and if you arent able to see that then all the commandments arent going to help you one bit.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by beatle View Post
                  simple answer. play the shot that gives you the best chance of winning the game. and if you arent able to see that then all the commandments arent going to help you one bit.
                  I was going to finish with, if you arent able to see that, then do something simple

                  Adjust your game to the way the table is playing

                  With the lead, don't put in play more balls than what you need to win

                  Practice your break -- it is the most important shot of the game

                  Practice spot shots -- with 1, 2, 3, 4 balls on the spot
                  "One Pocket, it's an epidemic and there ain't no cure."
                  -- Strawberry Brooks

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Patrick Johnson View Post
                    What's the short list of most important playing tips for winning one pocket?

                    I'll volunteer a couple (that may or may not make the 10 Commandment cut):

                    - Always play safe, whether shooting or not.

                    - When not shooting leave the CB frozen to something.

                    pj
                    chgo

                    [A thread like this was just started on AzB.]
                    Make your opponent beat you if he going to win. It is amazing how many game are lost not won. I learned this from playing Frank The Barber.

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                    • #11
                      yep its all one giant package. any parts of it you dont do well or miss because you didnt know about it costs you something everytime. and over the course of a long match it adds up to win or loss.

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                      • #12
                        Only one for all pool. Stake yourself when you got the nuts and run to backers when you don't.

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                        • #13
                          1. One pocket is about mistakes. Limit your mistakes and you usually win.

                          2. Your shot depends upon the score. Play the score.

                          3. Stay focused. One pocket is as much mental as physical.

                          4. Cue ball position is critical in one pocket; See #1.

                          5. Check the stack for wired combinations first; both to your hole and his.

                          6. Distance is the cousin of safe. When in doubt, leave them long.

                          7. On Pocket size: Pick a table you are comfortable running balls on.

                          8. A man who is a weak banker cannot play one pocket.

                          9. Be a student of the game. Learn by watching better players.

                          10. One pocket is the greatest game, but it is still a game. Have fun.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by BRLongArm View Post
                            1. One pocket is about mistakes. Limit your mistakes and you usually win.

                            2. Your shot depends upon the score. Play the score.

                            3. Stay focused. One pocket is as much mental as physical.

                            4. Cue ball position is critical in one pocket; See #1.

                            5. Check the stack for wired combinations first; both to your hole and his.

                            6. Distance is the cousin of safe. When in doubt, leave them long.

                            7. On Pocket size: Pick a table you are comfortable running balls on.

                            8. A man who is a weak banker cannot play one pocket.

                            9. Be a student of the game. Learn by watching better players.

                            10. One pocket is the greatest game, but it is still a game. Have fun.
                            good stuff.

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                            • #15
                              Here's a (slightly) organized list of all the "commandments" suggested both here and in the same thread over on AzBilliards.

                              pj
                              chgo

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