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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:
• November 2017
The Straight Dope


• October 2017
Confidence Boosters


• September 2017
The One-Armed Man


• August 2017
Making a Check List


• July 2017
Trust Issues


• May 2017
Weight Watchers


• April 2017
Opposites Attract


• March 2017
Reach For It!


• February 2017
Adapting to New Rules


• January 2017
Systems vs Feel


• December 2016
It Happens to the Best


• November 2016
Maintaining Focus


• October 2016
Riding the ĎLí


• September 2016
Tips on Tips


• August 2016
The Art of Deflection


• July 2016
Note To Self


• June 2016
Object of Safety Play


• May 2016
Speed Zone


• April 2016
Frozen Ball Shots


• March 2016
Hide and Go Seek


• February 2016
Two-Rail Kicks


• January 2016
Staying Down


• December 2015
One-Rail Kicks


• November 2015
Breaking Bad


• October 2015
Call Shot, Call Safety


• September 2015
Own the Shot


• August 2015
Patterns - Part II


• July 2015
I Notice A Pattern


• June 2015
Two-Way Prt. 2


• May 2015
Two-Way Shots


• April 2015
The Fine Line


• March 2015
Straight Break


• February 2015
The 'Walkaway'


• January 2015
Pushing Your Luck


• October 2014
Walk This Way


• 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


• October 2007
Win from Your Chair


 
Rails Away!
June 2017

Trust. it is one of the key elements of being successful at the table. You have to trust your mechanics and your approach to the table. You have to trust the decisions you make in shot selection. When you lack trust in those parts of your game, it is virtually impossible to succeed. Second-guessing yourself almost always results in a miss. You tend to change your aim after you are down on a shot. You jump up on the shot because you are not certain of your decisions. Of course, trust doesnít come without putting in the work. If you hope to trust your fundamentals and trust your stroke, you have to work on those aspects of your game.

Trust is put to the test most when you are faced with shots or situations that are unfamiliar or donít come up very often. One of those situations is when the cue ball is frozen to the rail. Few amateur players actually practice shots on which the cue ball is frozen to the rail, but I donít know why that is the case. It is amazing how often, during the course of a game, you will be faced with a shot and the cue ball is leaning right up against the rail.

First of all, remember that the height of the rail is higher than the midpoint of the cue ball, so you are always going to be cuing above center. Also, the rail itself prevents you from keeping your cue completely level, so you are forced to hit the cue ball at an angle. Because this doesnít feel natural, players have a tendency to bring the cue back at one angle and stroke forward at another. You need to be conscious of that.

Additionally, getting a good hit on the cue ball when it is frozen to the rail is tough enough to start with. Do not be tempted to use English. Keep your hit to the cue ballís vertical axis.

Donít be afraid to spend time practicing shots on the rail. Again, it is about increasing your comfort level and gaining trust on the shot. One drill for practicing is to place the cue ball against the long rail, one diamond up from the corner pocket. Place an object ball approximately a foot away, directly in line with the opposite corner pocket. Forget trying to play for a next shot. Simply work on making this one shot, as if it was the final 9 ball. Shoot this until you feel that the shot is impossible to miss.

To add a degree of difficulty, set up the same shot, but place the object ball at a slight angle so that you have to cut the ball to the corner pocket. Not a severe cut, just a few degrees. Once you have mastered those shots, add some distance by aiming the shot at one of the side pockets or the corner pockets at the top of the table.

Trust me, practice this drill and pretty soon you will be able to go months without missing a shot when the cue ball is frozen to the rail.


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