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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:
• 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

• 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

• 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

Feeling Good?
December 2012
IT’S SOMETHING that players of all skill levels do, from all-time greats like Francisco Bustamante and Johnny Archer to the guy on your team who has only been playing for a few months. When things are going well, when you have a few shots go exactly as planned, you start playing a little quicker.

Professionals, who have spent hours and hours drilling a pre-shot routine that stays as consistent as possible, might shorten the amount of time spent examining a shot. The natural tendency is to keep that good feeling, so you’ll get in your stance that much more quickly.

For beginning players, playing faster might mean entire steps of a pre-shot routine are skipped. Maybe you forget to chalk your cue. Or maybe you forget to pick an exact destination for the cue ball. The changes are more egregious with less experienced players, but there basic tendency is the same.

These errors will lead to a disruption of your rhythm. If you’re rushing from shot to shot, it only makes sense that you will eventually rush your final stroke, right? Think about it: How many times have you been playing at a very high level, only to miss a simple cut shot in the side pocket? A lot of the time, you can blame yourself for losing your rhythm.

Similarly, if you fall into a slump, you may be rushing for entirely different reasons. Maybe you’re unsure of your stroke. You’re staying down, focusing on delivering a fluid stroke, but you’re missing. The loss of confidence will lead you to rush that final stroke, instead of trusting your fundamentals.

Whether you’re playing your absolute best or struggling, maintain a consistent approach to each and every shot. Drilling your pre-shot routine will keep you from becoming a streaky player who is unpredictable.

Not only that, an established routine will keep you in control in otherwise stressful situations. You’ll develop a sense of comfort in your process, so you’ll learn to trust yourself when the pressure is on.