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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:
• 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


• 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
ĎBuzzí 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


 
Must-Reads from Robles
March 2009
More mail for Tony Ö

Dear Tony: Did you read any great instruction books when you were learning the game? ó H. Lipton; Mesa, Ariz.

The very first book that I picked up and couldnít put down was Robert Byrneís ďStandard Book of Pool & Billiards.Ē One thing that I learned was the 90-degree tangent line, which was huge for me. I also learned the fundamentals of position play. And then I picked up Phil Capelleís ďPlay Your Best Pool.Ē I swear by that book. I think itís the greatest instructional book ever written in the history of the game. That book covers everything you need to know, for someone who has never picked up a cue to a top-notch professional.

Dear Tony: I get really nervous before matches. How do I stop that? ó L. Azariant; Boise, Idaho

Stop fighting it. You are so focused on being nervous that you are not giving yourself a chance to let go. For example, I think Iím playing the best pool of my life right now. Iím playing with so much confidence. I can go a week without hitting a ball and I come back at the same speed. I finally got to the point where I can honestly say that I used to focus on feeling comfortable too much. When I didnít feel comfortable, I would end up playing even worse because I kept waiting for it to happen, instead of just letting go and enjoying the game. When you are worried about feeling comfortable or not feeling nervous, itís not going to happen, because that is what keeps you on edge. You arenít focusing on the task in front of you.

My goal, when I play is to not think about what happened in the past or in the future. But if you are thinking that you know the future, and you have a mental picture of you missing a ball, youíre actually programming your brain to do. You end up hitting the ball exactly how you pictured it. I just focus on the spot on the object ball, and trust that itís going to go in. I rehearse the shot before I shoot. So as soon as the shot comes up, I already know where I want to hit the cue ball, at what speed and where I want it to go. Once I make that decision, I throw everything else out the window. My only job is to make sure that I keep my eye on the ball and stay down as I strike the cue ball and the cue ball strikes the object ball. Thatís all Iím focused on. If you try to make the result happen and think too much, your subconscious mind will take over and will try to steer the cue ball to the left or right.


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