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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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• May 2014
Adapt to the Equipment


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Turn The Beat Around


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Straight Is Great


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Cover the Basics


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Getting It Right


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Strength Training


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Rust Proof?


• March 2013
Not So Fast


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Two-Step Jump


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Open Your Eyes


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Feeling Good?


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Hang In There


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Back on Track


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Straighten Up


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On the Rail


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Mental Checklists


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Respect & Fear


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Chin Music


• April 2012
On the Line


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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


• June 2011
Into the Unknown


• May 2011
Sharpened Focus


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Never Flatline


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Stop For A Review


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One To Watch


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The Straight Answer


• December 2010
Shoot The Lights Out


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Never Overmatched


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Drawing Conclusions


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Through & Through


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Along the Rail


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The Small Stuff


• June 2010
Three in One


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One Ball At a Time


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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


 
Inch Along
July 2011
LAST MONTH, I discussed shots where the cue ball was frozen to the rail. This particular situation can be troublesome for developing players because of its unfamiliar territory, so you don’t know what to expect.

This month, I’d like to another look at the unknown — maybe not with a particular shot, but with your approach to the game as a whole.

The key to playing to the best of your abilities is reaching a certain comfort level. You want to be confident that you can handle any shot or any situation. For example, in a competitive environment, nerves are bound be involved, but this feeling can help if that energy is used to maintain focus on the end goal.

When it comes to specific are game, ask yourself what you want to accomplish. Obviously not everyone who picks up a cue has the goal of being the best in the world. Still, if you want to improve, make a short-term goal. If you have run four balls in a match, aim to run five. If you’ve run five, shoot for running out from the break.

When it comes to improving in specific areas, you can’t be afraid of the unfamiliar or uncomfortable. Some players have a tendency to avoid their weaknesses, instead of spending the necessary time on improving those areas.

For the sake of this discussion, let’s build off last month’s drill. After you can consistently sink the 1 ball in the corner and side pockets, try the drill shown in Diagram 1. Here, the cue ball is frozen to middle of the head rail. Throw a few balls on the table and try to sink them in the far corner pockets. You’ll quickly realize how difficult this can be.

Some of you might not be ready for this, but if you set goals for incremental improvement, you’ll eventually be able to handle something like this drill. At that point, you can see that something that was uncomfortable is now a part of you game.


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