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Old 03-29-2016, 01:16 PM
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People getting started. What do you do to improve. Improve meaning understanding what to do. Your stroke, speed, etc. How are you doing compared to 6months ago, 1year? I'm just curious and making conversation. I realize there is no substitute for playing stronger players. Are you at the same level? Have you bumped up somewhat. I'm happy where I'm at considering I have not played many experienced players but I will start this Spring/Summer. I have long way to go and not in hurry. 1P is never ending fun. I'll do the best I can and enjoy the journey for now.
Good one pocket players have one thing in common they can play all games well, unfortunately it takes a long time to learn these skills

14-1, 8 ball teaches you cue ball control and how to run balls, bank pool will teach you banking skills, rotation games can help with long shots that require position play, as well as how to play safe, kick shots, 3 cushion billiards will help with getting out of traps and safety play.

When you join leagues don't get stuck in one genre go from one to another, when your playing pool by yourself play 14-1 or 8 ball.

watch you tube or dvd's of the best players and pay attention to their shot selection under different circumstances.

good luck
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Old 03-29-2016, 02:10 PM
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Good one pocket players have one thing in common they can play all games well, unfortunately it takes a long time to learn these skills

14-1, 8 ball teaches you cue ball control and how to run balls, bank pool will teach you banking skills, rotation games can help with long shots that require position play, as well as how to play safe, kick shots, 3 cushion billiards will help with getting out of traps and safety play.

When you join leagues don't get stuck in one genre go from one to another, when your playing pool by yourself play 14-1 or 8 ball.

watch you tube or dvd's of the best players and pay attention to their shot selection under different circumstances.

good luck
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Old 03-29-2016, 08:55 PM
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Hey GC-
I'm a noob and play regularly with a couple guys who are primarily 9-ball players, guys who shoot so straight they just shoot at anything. It's made me a very defensive player; I find myself concentrating on moving and safety play, waiting for them to overreach.

Then I play true 1p players - players who can both outshoot AND outmove me, and it's just death by a thousand cuts. I find myself waiting and waiting for opportunities that simply never arise. Playing them really drives home the importance of keeping pressure on my pocket, even if that means being less risk-averse than I'd like to be. It's not enough to swat balls away from their pocket and hide whitey, I need to be pushing aggressively with every shot, and not waste my time at the table playing neutral, weak bunts. Because the only opportunities I'm ever going to get from these guys are the ones that I create myself.
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Old 03-29-2016, 09:39 PM
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Hey GC-
I'm a noob and play regularly with a couple guys who are primarily 9-ball players, guys who shoot so straight they just shoot at anything. It's made me a very defensive player; I find myself concentrating on moving and safety play, waiting for them to overreach.

Then I play true 1p players - players who can both outshoot AND outmove me, and it's just death by a thousand cuts. I find myself waiting and waiting for opportunities that simply never arise. Playing them really drives home the importance of keeping pressure on my pocket, even if that means being less risk-averse than I'd like to be. It's not enough to swat balls away from their pocket and hide whitey, I need to be pushing aggressively with every shot, and not waste my time at the table playing neutral, weak bunts. Because the only opportunities I'm ever going to get from these guys are the ones that I create myself.
Hi and welcome aboard. Sorry we're not neighbors. Would be fun to play some. Great post. Thanks.

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