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Old 09-29-2019, 09:08 AM
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Default What was your one biggest game changer?

Could be a mental point of OnePocket, or a change to your stroke, or a final thought. Or a pre-shot change. Whatever. Whatís yours??

About a year ago, after being told many times over the years, I started holding the back of the cue very lightly. My game went up 3 balls just like that. I donít always do it, but when I do itís amazing. Less throw, effortless cue ball action, and for some reason I stay down better also. It has honestly been a game changer for me when I remember to do it.

Would love to hear your one big change or the best thing youíve learned recently?
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Old 09-29-2019, 09:26 AM
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Could be a mental point of OnePocket, or a change to your stroke, or a final thought. Or a pre-shot change. Whatever. Whatís yours??

About a year ago, after being told many times over the years, I started holding the back of the cue very lightly. My game went up 3 balls just like that. I donít always do it, but when I do itís amazing. Less throw, effortless cue ball action, and for some reason I stay down better also. It has honestly been a game changer for me when I remember to do it.

Would love to hear your one big change or the best thing youíve learned recently?
One things for sure in sports, when something like this happens, it peaks your interest MORE. In doing so it makes you happier, and enjoy your time ''that much more'' it can also lead to false positives, but not always, I hope this ''is'' one of those windows thru to the next level....for you. Goin' UP in skill level quickly, was not always normal.

Watched allot of rotation pool on line lately, I noticed, many of pros when cutting a ball into a corner pocket (and the next ball should also be shot into this pocket) will roll off the long rail and back under the ball that they shoot next and shoot it in the upper corner pocket same side.
What's actually happening....they are cutting down there cue ball travel 50% minimum, hummmmmmmmmmmmm. Makes too much sense, roll under instead of rolling above, with less cue ball travel. Seemed like half the time, it was the better shot, plus shooter was closer to the next ball being pocketed, by staying underneath it.
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Old 09-29-2019, 11:07 AM
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I started out playing what we called American Snooker on tight 5 x 10ís with three red balls. I played snooker for 7/8 years before I played any pool. At 6í2Ē and limber, I used to hold the cue as far back as I could and still maintain a good stroke. When I got older and my game was running bad and I was missing balls and could not play very good position, I noticed I had been slipping my hand back a bit at a time until it was all the way to the end. I was shuffleboarding some shots instead of putting a stroke down.

I solved this by putting an O ring on the butt of my cue where I wanted to stop my hand. A simple solution, but it works.
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Old 09-29-2019, 02:42 PM
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As I aged I begin to have trouble with long shots, A good player and friend suggested take a step back with you back foot, I tried it and it lowered my head considerably and changed my view. It helped a lot.
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Old 09-29-2019, 02:55 PM
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Thank you fellas. All good stuff. Hendy years ago I got a couple of lessons from Karen Corr and one of the things she did was put a piece of fake on my cue to ensure that I was placing my back hand in the correct spot consistently.
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Old 09-29-2019, 02:57 PM
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I think the one thing that helped me improve has to be the amount and quality of Youtube content on the game the last 5 years, after watching players that well exceed my skill level consistently pass on shots I would regularly shoot.

Also the commentary ( ie. Billy I - Grady - Josh - Jeremy ) and shot debate/explanation helped me tremendously, especially Billy on the old accustats stuff, he sometimes would explain the thinking behind why hes shooting the shot, alot times times I hadn't even considered things that deep in each decision.
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Old 09-29-2019, 03:17 PM
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one thing that definitely helped me a lot was stop taking spots from the better players in my room and getting to the point where I could beat or break even with them . I still think that if people want to be good players they need to not limit there idea of there abilities.( I am happy to take spots now if people are willing to give them of course)
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Old 09-29-2019, 05:44 PM
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what got me after going about 5 years without a rare loser of one or two games
i ran into a weirdo that couldnt play in vegas. he beat me out of about 8 games because my stroke that day wasnt straight for some reason.

so i took a few hours and practiced keeping my stroke straight till my arm got tired and my mind ingrained the movement. miraculously i started making all kinds of long shots i didnt use to make. so after that, back to 50 years of all winning sessions mostly.
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Breaking my neck took me from a wanna be to a no body.
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Could be a mental point of OnePocket, or a change to your stroke, or a final thought. Or a pre-shot change. Whatever. What’s yours??

About a year ago, after being told many times over the years, I started holding the back of the cue very lightly. My game went up 3 balls just like that. I don’t always do it, but when I do it’s amazing. Less throw, effortless cue ball action, and for some reason I stay down better also. It has honestly been a game changer for me when I remember to do it.

Would love to hear your one big change or the best thing you’ve learned recently?
I thought about your post again, and I remember, CLEARLY in 1983 at Reds in Houston, when I did make a complete grip change on the butt hand, took me three months, to incorporate. After that I could play less hours and my game kept improving.

I used to hold my cue like Paul Wiegand of KS, ''fingertips''.

It's funny when your a kid, you go to the room, grab a stick and ''thats'' your grip.
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