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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


• 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


• 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


 
The Path Off the Rail
September 2011
WHEN IT comes to controlling the cue ball, speed is obviously an important factor. But for this month, let’s focus on going off a rail.

Looking at the situation in Diagram 1, you’re best bet is to hide the cue ball behind the wall formed by the 3 and 8 balls on the short rail. From cue-ball location C-1, you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting a feel for the speed that will put the cue ball in a safe place. But think about the angle you take off the 1 ball.

Experiment with how much left English you will need to send the cue ball off the 1 so you get the proper angle off the long rail. I’d suggest you start hitting the cue ball with a tip to two tips of left English. Just barely hitting the short rail will greatly increase the effectiveness of the shot by tucking the cue ball as close to the blockers as possible.

Thanks to the left English, the cue ball will pick up a bit of speed when it comes off the long rail, so be sure to adjust your power accordingly.

While you start to get a feeling of how varying degrees of English will change the cue ball’s path, you can also play with how fully you hit the 1 ball. If you hit the object closer to completely full, you will need more English to open the angle of the cue ball off the long rail.

When you can really master the safety from C-1, challenge yourself further by bringing the cue ball back to C-2 and C-3. You’ll see how the added distance between cue ball and object ball will complicate the shot.

Also, try this situation on the other side of the table, so you have to use right English.

If you can get a hang of this example, you’ll be more dangerous, whether your moving the cue ball to play safe or into position for your next shot.


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