Guess what? You don't need an aiming system.
The reason you miss shots- You can't hit the ball where you want... yeah yeah, what else is new.
Think about it, what is the only shot in the entire game of pool, that requires no judgement as far as angles go?
The straight in shot.
Hit that object ball right in the center, and watch it go right in the pocket.
But guess what? This shot is probably missed at the exact same percentage you miss any other cut shot at the same distance. Why? It’s not because you don't know where to hit it, it's because you can't hit it where you want it.
"Okay, okay, I'm still not sure about that. I mean, what if I can't hit the ball where I want and I don't know where to hit it?"
Then you need to get your priorities straight. Once your stroke follows where you desire it to go, then you can focus on developing your judgment. Lets not put the cart before the horse.
How can you develop your judgment, if you can’t test your judgment. What I mean is, if you pick a spot on the ball to hit for a particular angle shot, and you miss, how can you know if it was the spot, or if it was your stroke?
What’s the solution?
Prioritize getting your stroke in line. And there is only one shot that does that—the straight in shot. What you need to do is find your “range.”
That you can make a straight in shot
And stop the cue ball perfectly.
You start close enough to the basket where you can make 7 out of 10 shots without touching the rim. Once you do that, you take a step back and repeat. This process goes on until you find your sticking “range.” You then take a step back in, and go back and forth in this area until you can make 70% perfectly.
This same method has been used by free throw record holders, hitting 1000+ consecutive shots.
But here’s the deal. I've got news for you, it’s the exact same method in pool.
If you are practicing shots outside of this range, you aren't improving. It’s just luck. A statistic.
If you want to really accelerate your ability and control, you have to first figure out where exactly you have control.
So the next time you are going out to practice pool, do that same exercise with a straight in shot. Then, after you have pinpointed your range, you can work on other shots.
Because at that point, you have locked down a huge variable. And now that you know you are hitting the ball exactly where you want it, now you can focus on your judgment of where that should be.
Imagine when you first learned to ride a bike. You had to worry about falling over either to your left or your right. Now think about how much more difficult it would have been if you started on a unicycle. There is an entire other dimension interfering with your ability to learn.
So are you riding a unicycle when you play pool? If so:
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