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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:
• 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

• 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
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

Find Your Stroke
October 2011
SOMETIMES, NO matter what you do or donít do, you will feel like youíre out of stroke. If you havenít hit a ball in a few weeks, you know why everything feels a little off. But even if youíre practicing as much as ever, that comfortable feeling of a fundamentally solid stroke can mysteriously disappear.

If you feel like youíre arm is made out of spare parts, itís time to simplify things. Set up a short shot thatís straight into a pocket, with the object ball a diamond from the pocket and the cue ball another diamond from the object ball. Once you can sink the ball and stop the cue ball at impact 10-15 times in a row, youíre ready to up the difficulty. Move the object ball back a diamond, and move the cue ball so itís two or three diamonds from the object ball. Again, once you can hit this stop shot 10 times or so, youíre ready to move on.

Once you feel your stroke returning to you, start experimenting with follow. Set up a shot like the one shown in Diagram 1. The cue ballís placement on your skill level, so donít hesitate to put it a little closer to the 1 ball. The object here is to send the cue ball off the foot rail and back up-table with straight follow. If you can do this 10 times in a row, you should start to feel pretty good.

Next, try the same shot, but this time you want to use straight draw to pull the cue ball back to the head rail, like whatís in Diagram 2.

To execute these shots properly, you will need to trust your stroke, so keep at it ó and eventually your arm will feel like it never put the cue down.