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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


• 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


• 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


 
Getting It Right
June 2013

ONE OF the most interest aspects of pool is that there’s no one right answer. If you look at an open table, there will be multiple ways of getting out — and what’s best for you might not be optimal for the next person up. To a certain extent, this axiom can also be applied to your stroke. While proper fundamentals are essential to improving, the pool world has its share of idiosyncrasies.

If you can consistently deliver the cue tip to the cue ball with a smooth, straight, accurate stroke, any small tic or hiccup takes a back seat to performance. Now, that’s an important qualifier. If you are not consistently stroking the cue ball, it’s quite possible your personal style is, in fact, a flaw. Now, when it comes to picking up on such things, there are a number of ways you can diagnose a problem. It can be extremely helpful to have a more knowledgeable player watch you at the table. Whether it’s during a match or when you’re shooting a few racks in practice, ask him to look for problems. If you’re rushing or setting up improperly, a spectator can see things you may otherwise miss. Another option, is to record video of yourself, something that’s becoming easier and easier with the proliferation of smart phones. Again, either in a match or during practice, take a few minutes of video so you can go back and examine your game. Do you have a pre-shot routine? Do you look fluid and comfortable? Does your back elbow move before/during your stroke?

Take the time to learn more about your game. Then, when it comes to accepting your own quirks and getting rid of your faults, you’ll be ahead of the game. And when it comes to a proper stroke, nobody’s perfect — not even an all-time great like Francisco Bustamante.


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