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- Allison,I have been working on improving my kick and bank shots. Do have any instructional dvds that you recommend?
- William, Memphis,TN
- Hi William,
I think it is great that you are working on aspects of the game. I am not familiar with many good DVDs out there. I think Tom Rossman has a good one on kicking and banking. To be honest I haven’t watched much myself and am not an authority on recommendations.
- How did you develop a consistent stroke? At times I grip the cue tight and I shoot straight, and at other times I use a lose grip and I shoot better. I guess you have to do what feels best for you but I can't seem to get it right. How long does it take to control your mind when taking important shots. I seem to let the pressure get to me
- John Boykins, Jacksonville , FL
The key to a good stroke is to maintain the same grip pressure throughout. People tend to tense up and grip the cue tightly if they feel anxious or not confident of a shot and that means that you are not letting the cue do its job. When we draw the cue back it should be done slowly and when we follow through you should be building up to maximum acceleration when you strike through the ball. Because of this the cue wants to naturally follow through beyond the cue ball. By tensing your grip you are not allowing the cue to do this and therefore are not accelerating at the right time. Allow the 2 sets of muscle groups, biceps and triceps to do their job. When one finishes the other one starts. With tension this is not achieved.
There is no quick way to a good stroke. I spent many hours on my mechanics and one thing I did a lot of as a Snooker player was long straight in shots over and over. When you do this you will start to become aware of the feeling in the back hand and hopefully create a good straight stroke.
On any shot you should give it 100% of your energy and focus. Try to visualize what you want to happen with the cue ball and object ball and then commit to it. You will be amazed at the rate of success. The best advice I give is to create a really solid routine for every shot. When under pressure just stick to what you know!
- Is there any way to follow using low english?
- Bryant Davis, Raleigh
- Hmm, a better question would be why would you want to follow using low English? Typically, we use high english on the ball to follow. Some people aim low, but when they actually strike the ball, they drop their elbow before contact and end up applying top spin and they think they hit low. Then people are confused why they aim low and get follow. Hope this helps.
- Jeanette Lee
- Hi Ewa! You and Mitch do such a great job of commentating on matches when you work together. Any chance that you two could get more time in front of the camera rather than always being stuck in a back room? We'd all like to see more of one of billiards cutest couples!
- Amy Long, Colorado Springs
Thanks! Coming from you, that means the world...Our little way of keeping in touch.
Miss seeing your smiling face.
Ewa And Mitch
- Ewa Laurance
- Hi Mr Davis, I'm an amator player from Quebec, Canada and I my dream is to become a profesionnal pool player. My level of play is really getting there, but it's hard to find tournaments around here to improve and compete against stronger players... Do you know where I should start? Do you know where is the best place to play profesionnal events in the north of the States? Thank you very much for your help.
- Pascal Guimond, Ste-Julie, Quebec,Canada
- Hi Pascal. Here are a couple of Canadian tours that might get you started competing on a higher level. If there are not events in Canada, the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour is located in the upper northeast portion of the US and is a great tour to frequent.
Canadian 9-Ball Tour: www.canadian9balltour.com
Canadian 30k Tour: www.canadian20ktour.com
Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour: www.joss9balltour.com
- Mike Davis
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