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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.


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• 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


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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


• 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


 
‘Buzz’ Kill: Stay Down
July 2008
The number one reason people fail to pocket balls consistently is body movement during the shot. They start getting up right as they are about to strike the cue ball.

Think of it in terms of pointing a rifle at a target. If you start moving as you pull the trigger, you’ll miss the target. And the same thing happens when you jump up on your shot. The sad thing is that most people don’t know that they’re doing it, and instead blame the miss on their aiming point. The next time they encounter that same shot, they look for a new aiming point, and they miss the shot even worse.



I introduce my students to the “Stay-Down Drill.” Throw 15 balls out on the table in any configuration (see Diagram 1). The challenge is to sink all 15 balls without moving after your stroke until the cue ball comes to a stop. You essentially freeze on the follow-through. Ask a friend or your coach to watch you — you could even set up a video camera in a pinch — and have them make a buzzing sound whenever you move before the cue ball stops. If you move, you have to start over.

You can give yourself ball in hand for each shot. The only restriction is that you can’t take a straight-in shot. The cue ball won’t travel enough to make the exercise meaningful.

We’re trying to train your body to stay down for extended periods of time. It needs to become second-nature, because almost all players will move involuntarily in high-pressure situations. Whenever we’re anxious or face a difficult shot — a long shot, a power shot, a slow-roller, or a game-winner — our physical fundamentals usually go out the window. Sometimes we get too concerned with the result of the shot, and we pop up to check the result even before we finish the stroke.

I wouldn’t do this drill in a match. They’ll think you’re slow-playing. Just practice three or four racks per day. That’s all you should need.


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