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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:
• June 2015
Two-Way Prt. 2

• May 2015
Two-Way Shots

• April 2015
The Fine Line

• March 2015
Straight Break

• February 2015
The 'Walkaway'

• January 2015
Pushing Your Luck

• 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

• 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

• 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

Jumping In Line
December 2011
THERE’S NO doubt that the jump stroke — like the soft break, which we covered last month — has become an essential part of the modern game. Jumping the cue ball over blockers and pocketing an object ball can be really exciting. It can also be intimidating for players who are not familiar with the intricacies of taking the cue ball airborne.

In that regard, many fears result from a lack of understanding. While there certainly are differences between a jump and normal stroke, you can keep a number of this consistent when you jack up your cue and strike down on the cue ball.
  • Stance: You want to remain centered over your cue. In order to do this, considering the butt of your cue will be elevated, bend your bridge arm and lean your upper body forward, putting more weight on your front foot. This will help you maximize balance and “normalize” the stance.
  • Back Arm: Like during a normal stroke, you want your back arm to form a 90 degree angle, with your forearm nearly perpendicular to your cue. Additionally, as you can see in the photo, your wrist, forearm, upper arm and shoulder should all be lined up with your cue.
  • Aiming: It’s no more complicated than a normal shot. You want to find an exact contact point on the object ball. You can then focus on where to hit the cue ball to send it to that point of contact. Ideally, plan for the cue ball to impact the object ball and the table at the same time. This increases your control of the cue ball, since a bouncing cue ball can be wildly unpredictable.
  • Stroke: Keep still. Like a normal stroke, you want to keep your head and torso steady as your deliver the cue to cue ball.
Far from an exhaustive list, these points are a staring point for practice, and hopefully should at least get you started toward conquering your fear of jump shots.