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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:
• January 2018
Know Your Rails

• 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

• June 2017
Rails Away!

• 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

Stunning Results
February 2018

Here is a shot Iíve seen players, even pros, struggle with over the years. Most players will look at this shot and simply try to slow roll the cue ball with follow to reach perfect position for the 9, which is cue ball position A. The problem is that when you increase the distance between the cue ball and the 8, slow follow wonít work because you still have to use enough speed to get the 8 to the pocket. Rolling too far will make the shot on the 9 a lot harder, and becomes a problem if there is another ball in the path that you could end up snookering yourself behind. The idea here is to learn how to reach position A from multiple positions.

The answer is to practice this shot with stun follow. Contrary to the popular belief that there are only three ways to hit a cue ball ó center, follow and draw ó there are two other options: stun follow and stun draw. Stun follow is simply hitting the cue ball slightly below center so that it stops sliding and begins rolling forward right before it strikes the object ball.

The way to practice this shot is to first use stun for a stop shot on the 8, stopping the cue ball in its tracks at position B. A stop shot is getting the cue ball to strike the object ball at the exact moment the cue ball stops sliding and is ready to begin its forward roll. This shot will require you to cue slightly below center. Now, using the exact same speed as you did for the stop shot, aim a half tip higher on the cue ball. The cue ball will stop its slide just before contacting the 8 and will begin a slow forward roll. The key is to be consistent with your cue speed. That will make the change in distances easier to master.

Once you have mastered the first cue ball position, move the cue ball to position C. From here, you will have to increase your speed to master the stop shot. Again, once you have gotten the cue ball to consistently stop just as it contacts the 8, shoot the same shot with the same speed, only this time raising the contact point on the cue ball a half tip. Shoot the shot again, this time trying to get the cue ball to roll exactly one ballís width past the 8. Finally, practice the same drill with the cue ball from position D.

Anyone can stop a cue ball, but not everyone can get that cue ball to roll forward one or two ball widths when they need to. Thatís too important of a shot not to have in your arsenal.