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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:
• 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


• 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
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


 
Never Flatline
April 2011
ONE OF the greatest things about pool is discovering something new. What in essence is a rather simple game that using one ball to knock in another, pool has so many nuances and hidden complexities. Iím pretty sure if anybody claimed to know everything about the game, you can be pretty sure he/she certainly does not.

One problem for pool players, however, arises when the improvement in oneís game apparently stops. Everyone who approaches pool with an intent to better themselves has hit a plateau at one time. For players, itís almost a rite of passage, albeit an incredibly frustrating one. The key is not to get too discouraged by a perceived lack of development.

Instead, you need to bear down and work that much harder. First, go back to the basics; drill the fundamentals so you know you can trust your pre-shot routine, your thought process, and your stroke. You can then start practicing specific shots that you want to incorporate in your game. Work on banks, kicks and safeties. Do drills reinforcing proper position play from one ball to another.

Shoot particular shots 10 times and record how many times you are successful. Keep track of certain shots over a period of time (say, once a week for a month). Over time, you should notice the number of successful attempts increasing. By focusing on specific shots, youíll be sure to see improvement after a certain period of time.

Letís look at last monthís shot (in Diagram 1) as an example. See how many times your can pocket the 1 ball from C-1 while stopping the cue ball at impact. Then try it from C-2, C-3 and finally C-4. You may struggle from the longer distance, but after a month, you should be more successful from each of the four spots than when you started.

Making practice somewhat competitive (in this case, against yourself) is also a good way to maintain your focus. Itís easy to let your mind drift when youíre brainlessly hitting the same shot over and over. When youíre trying to beat your previous best, though, youíve got an incentive to put all of your mental energy into each shot. Plateaus are unavoidable, but you can do all you can to shorten them.


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