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Matthew Sherman

Updated Articles and Resources

By Matthew Sherman

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • How To Practice Pool Skills Effectively – A Primer Created: Monday, February 06, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      How to practice pool skills effectively and get on a virtuous cycle of continuous improvement." itemprop="description"> Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      By “twist” I mean to spin the pool cue in place as you would turn a screwdriver. His "Corkscrew Stroke" became legend.
    • How To Become A Professional Pool Player - Master Player Instructions Created: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      How to become a professional pool player by skipping hours of tedious drills and doing my preferred billiards training methods, while having a lot of fun.
    • Top Ways to Earn Respect at the Pool Hall Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      Learn how to behave yourself in a pool tournament--or the referee just might disqualify you and your teammates.
    • Lesson Clinic - How To Break The Balls Apart, Hard Created: Wednesday, April 09, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      The "Three Rail" Break. A ball sent hard enough from the head string to run the length of the table three times is plenty hard enough to--
    • How To Play Draw, Soft And Smooth Created: Monday, April 07, 2014 Updated: Monday, April 07, 2014
      I respond to a reader's question about draw. I'm sure you'll find our conversation helpful no matter your skill level.
    • Pool Table Dimensions Created: Monday, August 18, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      A big consideration in pool table dimensions is the endless question of how much space to leave around the table for free play. We have the answers for you.
    • Prayer, Pool And Power Created: Friday, April 04, 2014 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      First event up was the annual Hopkins Super Billiards Expo with about 8,000 pool players in attendance at the New Jersey Expo and Convention Center in Edison, NJ.
    • Should You Shoot Pool On A Bar Table Or Not? Created: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
      Should bar pool tables be used at all by the serious pool player? Here's our debate showing both sides of the issue.
    • Pro Skill Pool Drill - English And Deflection Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      This month's drill from The Drill Instructor tackles that odd phenomenon known as "deflection".
    • How To Think About Kicking And Spinning Off The Rails Created: Friday, March 28, 2014 Updated: Friday, March 28, 2014
      If you're still unsure what the pool ball will do when it spins into the rail, see it hit the cushion then rebounding away in again in slow motion...
    • Why Is A Pool Stroke More Than Straight? Created: Thursday, March 27, 2014 Updated: Thursday, March 27, 2014
      If you are on a faraway object ball and attempt to finish high above the cloth on a center ball stroke, instead of downward, toward the cloth, there can be obvious problems.
    • How To Play On A Gyroscopic Self-Leveling Pool Table Created: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
      I was able to fulfill a dream last week and cruise and shoot pool using a gyroscopic pool table at sea.
    • Pocket Billiards At Sea, Cruising With James Bond Created: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
      Pool on the high seas, my friends. And all you care to eat with OO7 himself.
    • How To Play Soft (Safety) Breaks Created: Friday, March 07, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
      I'm all for pounding the break balls in during an open game. But softly also does it, even for old favorites like Eight Ball and Nine Ball.
    • Putting Your Pool Game In Order (Continued) Created: Friday, March 07, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 17, 2014
      In my opinion the superior skills of the top Asian players can be ascribed to the fact that most players from that part of the world--
    • Practice Strokes And Pauses Created: Friday, March 07, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 17, 2014
      With a relaxed grip and proper wrist action, the cue seems to “want” to come forward to the place where you want to strike the cue ball and beyond...
    • How To Order Your Pool Shot Priorities Created: Friday, March 07, 2014 Updated: Saturday, March 08, 2014
      Work these six steps in practice until they become automatic inside your shot routine, if you want to shoot like a pro (or at least some pool hustler).
    • Last Pocket Eight Ball Created: Friday, April 18, 2008 Updated: Thursday, March 06, 2014
      Take on 8-ball with a difference with this often money-saving game of Last Pocket Eights." itemprop="description"> Monday, March 03, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 03, 2014
      You're going to have a ball with Why Pool Hustlers Win: Learn To Beat The Sharks. Come out ahead more often in league and for the cash and trophies.
    • Wild, Wooly, Wacky, Crazy Pool Shots Created: Friday, February 28, 2014 Updated: Friday, February 28, 2014
      A good friend and I were gambling with a whole crew and he pockets a ball but the cue ball bounced onto the cushion, then the rail, and stayed there.
    • Spin Equals English Plus Deflection: Part 1 Created: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
      To a more experienced player, this subject may seem overly basic. But mastering the basics is always the simplest way to greatly improve one’s game.
    • Fun Billiards Exercises Created: Thursday, February 20, 2014 Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014
      Apply this principle to all shots and you will learn faster and without “holes” (basic shots and techniques that you’ve neglected) in your game.
    • The History Of Eight Ball - Action And Strategy Created: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
      An 8-ball shot in the wrong pocket was spotted rather than costing the game, which changed when coin-op table players complained about paying again.
    • Continuing The Modern History Of Eight Ball Created: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
      Eight Ball as it should be, a strategist's delight, or risk life and limb when playing with strangers for draft brews or dollars.
    • Amazing Trick Shots - See Them Near You Created: Friday, February 14, 2014 Updated: Friday, February 14, 2014
      Some of the finest trick shot artists in the world are on tour near you! Check out their calendar.
    • All About The Double Hit Foul Created: Friday, February 07, 2014 Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014
      Even better, ask the neutral party who referees the shot, in a voice for the shooter to hear, please listen for the clicking of a double hit.
    • How To Win Playing Eight Ball Created: Wednesday, February 05, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, February 05, 2014
      In the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory films, as in Eight Ball, a powerful imagination is the most important key to success. You can improve your pool instantly by thinking on at least three options before each and every pool shot.
    • Eight Ball And Nine Ball Strategy Created: Thursday, January 30, 2014 Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014
      In 9-Ball, all the object balls are the "enemy" and must be eliminated to get to the 9-Ball for a win by running the table (unless you combo, break or carom the nine early, of course). The other eight are your friends only when you use them for safeties.
    • Your Pool Year's Resolution Created: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
      The best place to start is by checking your cue ball path predictability and your speed control.
    • When To Call Safeties And Fouls Created: Monday, January 27, 2014 Updated: Monday, January 27, 2014
      Likewise as above, if you are playing a safety by striking a ball that is close to frozen or frozen to a cushion, it is your opponent’s responsibility to inform you if the object ball is frozen. Of course, for a frozen ball play to be legal, the cue ball must contact a rail at some point during the shot...
    • How To Play Better Position In Pocket Billiards Created: Friday, January 24, 2014 Updated: Friday, January 24, 2014
      I've learned that what separates the champs from the chumps is this--when you've sunk the ball you've wanted but didn't get the shape you wanted, the champion goes back and reassesses their offensive and defensive (safety) plans.

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