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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


• 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


• 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


 
How to Keep Winning
March 2008
IT doesn’t matter if you’re the best player in the world or just the best player on your league team. Once you start taking your talent and work ethic for granted, you’re going to start slipping.

A lot of players, when they’re playing the best pool of their lives, get in a comfort zone. The next thing you know, they’re wondering why they can’t make two balls in a row.

Luckily, there are some simple answers. The most common problems are lack of practice and competition. The reason why Shane Van Boening is playing so great right now is that he works on his game and plays in any and every tournament he can get to. If he was to stop for a while, even for three or four months, he wouldn’t play at the level he’s playing now.

That’s why they say it’s harder to stay at the top than it is getting there. You have to work even harder to maintain your current level or even get to the next plateau.

Fundamentals are key. Even great players can get nonchalant when at the table, and when the balls stop dropping, their subconscious minds panic. They focus on the outcome of the shot instead of the technique. They start jumping up on their shots. They twist their wrists or try to steer the ball. They grip their stick too tightly.

I have a drill that helps get my mind and body back in synch. I throw 15 balls out on the table, like in Diagram 1. Then I make sure I do two things:

  • Follow through on a dead-straight line.

  • Stay down until the balls have come to a complete stop, no matter the outcome.
After a couple of racks like that, I get back in a groove right away.

If you come to me and say you’re getting out of stroke, I’ll check your fundamentals. I’ll see if your stroke is timid at all, and I’ll ask about your thought process. When you’re shooting, forget about the outcome and only focus on technique: grip your cue lightly, follow through on a straight line, and stay down until the balls stop rolling.


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