Master Blaster wrote:
Tonsgalore wrote:I do want to clarify here that I am not a professional coach and any routines I put on here are the routines that helped my game. I believe they can help you too but I do not guarantee it.
Lets start with a basic routine to get you hitting the ball correctly and this will also get you knowing the FEEL each shot needs to get the cue ball exactly where you want it.
Put the blue on its spot and pot it in to the middle bag. Simple.
The challenge. (Do this routine 5 times and count how many times you miss)
Pot the blue but use top spin to follow the blue in a straight line in to the same middle pocket with the cue ball.The challenge will give you practice on cueing straight and your top spin control. (You do not need to hit this shot hard, it is about feeling the shot and more importantly feeling the cue and the control you will have over the cue ball. Because this shot is so simple people get complacent and lose concentration. This happens a lot with what we see as the easy shots. Stay down on the shot until both balls are in the pocket.
The next routine is this,
The same as the previous routine but SCREW the white in to the opposite pocket. Same rules apply as before. This shot will give you the feel and control of the screw shot. (Do this routine 5 times and count how many shots you miss.
When doing these routines make sure you stay down on the shot until you need to move. Obviously on the screw shot you will need to move to allow the cue ball to come back in to the pocket you are leaning over while taking the shot.
Let us all know how it goes and if you can put a video up we can all see how its going.
More routines to follow.
All the best
The top-spin shot is great, just make sure that a stick-on spot doesn't throw the white off straight! It's deceptively easy looking but much harder to do. This routine teaches you how to use the whole pocket as well, when you have to correct the white back to centre line. I'll have a crack tomorrow bud.
As I said before it sounds easier than it really is. This shot will get you aiming correctly. Also remember to feather the cue action at the same pace for top spin and screw back. Lots of people think that because they are screwing a shot they have to feather quicker which will always make you hit the ball harder. This shot is all about the cue control and knowing exactly where to hit the ball. If you dont hit the top of the cue ball it wont follow through how you want it to and you will create more stun. The same for the screw shot, you have to hit as much of the bottom of the cue ball as possible without chipping the white and potentially ripping the table.
On Monday I will go through a routine that I work on to help me clear the colors off their spots. Again people take these easy shots for granted, but ask yourself this, how many players do you actually see confidently clear the colors.
My routine will help you do it.