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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


• 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


• 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


 
On the Line
April 2012
CONSISTENCY RESULTS from a lot of hard work. I’ve said numerous times that you will perform better when you know you can trust your fundamentals. And you can only get to a point where you can rely on your stroke by spending time at the practice table.

But this month, let’s (literally) take a step back from the table. Here are a few tips that will help your pre-shot routine keep you in line and at the table:

On the Line: Before stepping into your stance, stand directly on the line of the shot (the direct path from the cue ball to the contact point on the object ball). Many players have a tendency to “slide” into a shot, where they move into position from the side instead of backing off and realigning one’s self for the new shot.

Keep Focused: When you step into your stance, remain centered on the shot line. You want to lower your eyes into place directly in line with the future path of the cue ball. Instead of the sliding motion that can creep into your routine, this direct approach to the cue ball will keep everything in line. You will keep everything focused on the cue ball traveling in its intended direction. Considering how little room for error you have in pool, it’s imperative that you standardized this “stepping into your stance” routine.

Cue Sight: Once you’re down on the cue ball, it is important to have a rhythm to the movement of your eyes. Always try to keep the same pattern of focus, looking back and forth between the object ball and cue ball. With your cue lined up with the aiming point, you want to ensure that your alignment is proper.

If you don’t feel comfortable, now’s the time to back out and restart the pre-shot routine. If you are ready to go, focus on the object ball and begin your stroke.

It’s more difficult than you might imagine to build a trustworthy pre-shot routine. But if you can stay in line with the shot, you’ll be on your way.


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