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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:
• 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


• 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
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


 
Short Position
August 2011
STRAIGHT POOL is a great way to tinker with your game, because it is a complete test of skill. You have to be precise with cue-ball control, you have to be able to hit difficult shots at times, and you have to be sharp with your approach to working through a rack.

But perhaps the best reason for developing players to experiment with straight pool is what I call short position. Iím not talking about the three-rail position plays in 9-ball, where you send the cue ball across the table and toward a general area for an angle on the next ball. Nope, 14.1 is an example of how exact you have to be with the cue ball in order to stay at the table. Sometimes itís not a matter of being close ó itís a matter of being exactly where you need to be.

Take a look at Diagram 1. The shot is relatively simple ó youíre straight in on the 1 ball from about a diamond behind it. But try to play position so you draw the cue ball straight back to where it started. Itís not that simple now, huh? Even from just a diamond away, it takes a great deal of precision necessary to draw the cue ball back. Try to work on this shot the next time youíre practicing. If you can successfully play short position, move the cue ball a foot farther from the 1 ball.

By working on this area of your game, youíll be surprised how quickly you can improve. Itís also a great idea to always aim for an exact spot when youíre playing position. Sometimes you donít need to be perfect with the cue ball, but getting in the habit of aiming for a single spot will only increase your abilities to control the cue ball.


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