Do you know how fast you break?
We know some people will say, big deal - its a scratch. My stance is that is an impressive display of power, and I guarantee you when he breaks in a match, it's as good as anyone else. Spaceship style take off my just be a side effect of breaking 33 mph.
Do you know how fast you break?
90 Degree rule, no problem
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One of the biggest problems players have is their cue ball control and positioning. The consequence is that they are left with more challenging shots and the game becomes more difficult than it has to be. Practice and time are obviously one of the best solutions.
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Dying or Dead?
Many people say that pool is a dying sport, but I think that statement deserves perspective. Pool just isn't as popular as it once was-- ( that might be limited to region as well. Who knows, maybe where you live people are pogo'ing down the street on cues. Nevermind)
The real question is, where its popularity has declined, will it ever make a come back?
Or an even better perspective:
Lets not frame that question as will pool make a come back, but rather what does pool need to make a come back. I'm so sick of hearing people complain about pool's demise. I want to hear more about what needs to be in place, and what action steps need to be taken to put it there. But this does lead us down the rabbit hole, because to answer this question, we need to know why pool was popular before, and why it isn't now.
I have my own opinions, but I'd like to hear yours.
Without a doubt, this year's Mosconi Cup has been a flop. Despite the event being dominated by the Europeans in recent years, it has at least been close in the past. Nevertheless, this year Europe crushed the United States, and the suspense was limited.
Earl the Pearl
Arguably the best part about this year's cup had nothing to do with the competition itself. A great documentary profiling Earl Strickland aired, shining light on a fascinating man. Love him or hate him, its definitely worth a watch.
Please share your thoughts about this year's cup below via FB. We love to hear your voice!
There's the old saying that its not the equipment, but the player. That said, most would agree that playing with the blunt end of a broomstick would level the playing field to some extent. So what is the bare minimum equipment wise, for a player to get the job done?
What is the bare minimum to get the job done?
One step up from the broom stick is often the house cue. This could work for many people, and it worked for me for a long time. From my experience, however, there is a great deal of inconsistency from house cue to cue. If you always play at the same place, you might have old sally that works just fine-- until the day someone else is playing with it and you have to go to your #2 cue, old betty, then your #3...
Enter the "Value" cue
The value cue is the cue that performs at the bare minimum, but also allows for that consistency that swapping cues can't provide. What I look for:
One of my favorite cues is the Players sneaky pete. I bought it from a friend long ago, and I love the consistency, balance, and "utility," it provides. Its definitely not a low deflection shaft, but its nothing too challenging to adapt to. Here is a link below, its about $60 bucks more or less:
What do you think?