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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


• 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


• 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


 
Two-Step Jump
February 2013

AWHILE BACK, in the BD House Pro from December 2011, I addressed the fundamentals of the jump shot. Stability — all the way from your feet through your legs, torso and shoulders up to your head — is critical. You need to deliver a firm, fluid stroke down into the cue ball, along its vertical axis, so you can force it “into” the table and up over whatever obstacle you’re trying to avoid.

When you want to drill the fundamentals of your jump stroke, it’s best to start simply. Before you can hit the amazing shots, you have to reach a point where you cannot miss the relatively routine shots.


Take a look at the shot in Diagram 1. You can see the 2 ball is sitting in the side pocket, with the cue ball along the other long rail. The two blocking balls are set a little less than a ball’s width apart. Arranging the balls this way means you don’t have to jump the cue ball quite as high, since you only have to clear the edges of both balls, rather than go directly over one ball.

Work on controlling the cue ball — while sinking the object ball, obviously. Once you can reliable clear the obstacles, try to get a feel for how your stroke differs from one shot to the next. You can then use the appropriate amount of power, which will keep you from losing control of the cue ball as it returns to the table.

Diagram 2 is the next step, where you’re jumping over a full ball. Again, if you can consistently control the cue ball and pocket the object ball, it’s time to up your level of difficulty. Move the cue ball a few inches closer to the object ball. You’ll have to get the ball airborne more quickly, which requires a steeper angle into the cue ball. Also, you may not be able to bridge on the rail, so you’ll be losing a few inches of leverage.

Take your time with the fundamentals of the jump shot. It’ll pay off when you need it the most.


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