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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 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


• 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
ĎBuzzí 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


 
Attitude Adjustments
August 2014


As a promoter, I see many of the same players again and again. Over time, you notice common traits between the players who consistently do well. They all maintain focus. They all study the table for the best shot. They all have consistent mechanics. But most of all, they all have a winning attitude. Attitude to me is the most important thing for a player. When your attitude is positive, it really works for you. Conversely, when your attitude is negative, it affects your game negatively.

Tommy Kennedy is a very good friend of mine. Heís a great player, and won the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship years ago. Unfortunately, he hasnít won a big tournament since. He did finish second to Shane at the Super Billiards Expo this year, which was a surprise. For a couple of years, I roomed with Tommy at tournaments. Every time Tommy drew a top player, especially a top Filipino player, heís say, ďOh, I canít believe I drew so-and-so. He plays so strong.Ē In his mind, heís already thinking about where heís going to be in the losersí bracket. If you ask me what I think about when I draw a great player, Iím excited. The way I look at drawing a seeded player is that if I beat that player, I take over his seed. Itís all about attitude. Believing in yourself is so important, and players who maintain a positive attitude do believe in themselves. Iíve always believed in myself. Iím convinced that I could have won a U.S. Open or World Championship years ago, but I decided to take a different path, because I became disillusioned with the state of professional pool at an early age. And even though I donít play as much, I still have the same attitude when I get to the table. And thatís why I still beat a lot of these top players, even though I donít practice. Iím confident in my ability. And I see the difference in playersí attitudes on my tour all the time. There are some players who always have a reason why they didnít winÖtheir opponent took a bathroom break and killed their momentum, or whatever. Instead, they should be taking notes about the weak spots in their own game that cost them racks. If they had a positive attitude, theyíd look forward to going back to the drawing board and fixing the parts of their game that need work.



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