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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?


• 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


• 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


 
Hang In There
November 2012
AN OBJECT ball hanging inches from a pocket is a good thing. You’re nearly guaranteed of making the shot and staying at the table. But it’s still amazing the number of times players, from beginners to world champions, misplay position.

Now, for the beginner, it’s more often than not due to inexperience or ignorance of the dangers. For the top-level players, though, mistakes occur when there’s a lapse in concentration. As always, every stroke has to be treated with the same mental effort; your pre-stroke routine has to be sound so that you take time to deal with each part of a shot. Instead of cutting corners with a hanger — say, not chalking your cue or cutting your practice strokes from five to one — you need to run through your normal process, from addressing the ball through delivering a smooth, steady stroke.

But back to errors borne of inexperience. When the object ball is a foot or two from the pocket, you’ve got a very narrow window where you can contact the ball and send it into the pocket. But with a hanger, you can hit the object ball in a number of places, sometimes anywhere from entirely full to just clipping an outer edge.

Depending on where you need to send the cue ball, choose an exact spot where you want to cue ball to make contact. This will help you plan for the cue ball’s path to proper position.


Take a look at the diagram. The goal is to sink the 2 ball and have the cue ball stop on the piece of paper in the center of the table. Start with the cue ball against the short rail. You have a natural path off the object ball, off the long rail and straight toward the center of the table. When you can successfully play position five times in a row, move the cue ball to the long rail and repeat the process.

When you’re getting comfortable with this scenario, put the cue ball in different spots and see how it’s path after contact is dependent on how much of the object ball is hit. In this case, as with many situations, a little experience can go a long way.


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