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Tony Robles
A longtime teaching pro at Amsterdam Billiard Club in New York City, Tony has dozens of regional and national titles to his name, including the 2004 BCA Open Championships.


Instruction Articles:
• August 2014
Attitude Adjustments


• May 2014
Adapt to the Equipment


• Mar 2014
Turn The Beat Around


• Feb 2014
Straight Is Great


• Sept 2013
Cover the Basics


• June 2013
Getting It Right


• May 2013
Strength Training


• April 2013
Rust Proof?


• March 2013
Not So Fast


• February 2013
Two-Step Jump


• January 2013
Open Your Eyes


• December 2012
Feeling Good?


• November 2012
Hang In There


• October 2012
Back on Track


• September 2012
Straighten Up


• August 2012
On the Rail


• July 2012
Mental Checklists


• June 2012
Respect & Fear


• May 2012
Chin Music


• April 2012
On the Line


• March 2012
Balancing Act


• February 2012
Creative Drilling


• January 2012
Power Outage


• December 2011
Jumping In Line


• November 2011
Soft on Soft Breaking


• October 2011
Find Your Stroke


• September 2011
The Path Off the Rail


• August 2011
Short Position


• July 2011
Inch Along


• June 2011
Into the Unknown


• May 2011
Sharpened Focus


• April 2011
Never Flatline


• March 2011
Stop For A Review


• February 2011
One To Watch


• January 2011
The Straight Answer


• December 2010
Shoot The Lights Out


• November 2010
Never Overmatched


• October 2010
Drawing Conclusions


• September 2010
Through & Through


• August 2010
Along the Rail


• July 2010
The Small Stuff


• June 2010
Three in One


• May 2010
One Ball At a Time


• April 2010
Going Thin to Win


• March 2010
Know Your Game


• February 2010
14.1 For 8-Ballers


• January 2010
Setting It Straight


• December 2009
Hanging Out, Part II


• November 2009
Hanging Out


• October 2009
Control Your Speed


• September 2009
Busting Out of a Slump


• August 2009
Easy Errors, Part III


• July 2009
Easy Errors, Part II


• June 2009
Easy Errors, Part I


• May 2009
Body Language & Breaking


• April 2009
The Break: Body Language


• March 2009
Must-Reads from Robles


• February 2009
Position: Four Square


• January 2009
Romancing the Stance


• October 2008
Look Out for Boingy Rails


• September 2008
Build a Better Break


• August 2008
Q&A: Ask the Pro


• July 2008
‘Buzz’ Kill: Stay Down


• June 2008
Stop Shots Safeties III


• May 2008
Stop Shots Part II


• April 2008
STOP-SHOT Safeties


• March 2008
How to Keep Winning


• February 2008
The Dreaded Straight-In Shot


• January 2008
Trying the Soft Break


• December 2007
The Hard Way Makes It Easier


• November 2007
How to Sight the Cue


 
Win from Your Chair
October 2007
You might think you’re powerless once you miss a ball and have to sit down, but you can win a match from your chair. If you believe in your ability to win, it doesn’t matter what your opponent does. If you can stay calm and focused, you’ll be ready to win.

By the same token, you can beat yourself in your chair. I see players punish themselves for their mistakes, creating a negative mindset that feeds on itself. Then they get anxious waiting for their opponent to make a mistake, instead of staying calm and focused.

Here’s my routine for staying in the match, even from 10 feet away:

• When I miss, the first thing I do is accept the fact that I screwed up and make up my mind to move on. Lots of guys will miss a match-winning shot and get angry with themselves. And if they get the table back, they’ll miss again. If you are blinded by rage, you most likely will go with the first option that you see instead of taking your time to see what all the options are.

• I mentally run over my list of fundamentals. Am I setting up correctly? Am I staying down on the shot? Are my backstroke and stroke acceleration smooth? This is constructive thinking, and it helps keep out negative thoughts. And if I can diagnose my miss, I feel better and more prepared for my next trip to the table.

• I stay calm and keep focused on the table. If my opponent makes a great shot, I think, “OK, good for you, but wait and see what I can do when I get to the table.” You know how much that energizes a person?

• I ask myself two questions: 1) How bad do I want to win?; and 2) Do I want to win badly enough that I will do whatever it takes? If the answer is “Yes,” then I know that I am ready to play.


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