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Funny Don’ts and Do’s With Pool Sticks

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

 

Funny Don’ts and Do’s With Pool Sticks

By Susan Herrmann

Pool sticks were made for just that… shooting pool. And that means using pool sticks to correctly hit billiard balls on a pool table, not for javelin-throwing in the swimming pool. I have to admit that as a kid, I occasionally used my pool stick for things other than the intended use. Even though using it as a limbo stick wasn’t necessarily harmful to the stick, using it as a sword was. Take some tips from a long-time billiard player who has learned some important do’s & don’ts the hard way, and learn some important tips along the way.

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Even though you can make nice chalk designs on the ceiling, don’t. The tip of a pool stick is made of leather and is attached to the shaft of the stick with a ferrule. These are tender spots on a cue stick and should not be used to come in contact with anything other than chalk or a billiard ball. If the rounded leather tip loses its shape or is transformed into the all too common “mushroom”, your shots will be less consistent and it will severely affect your play.

I know of a pool stick that was left outside for a day or two after an exhausting duel. This is really bad. Your pool stick should be stored indoors, upright in a case. Exposure of the elements (sun & moisture) can be fatal. Both the shaft and butt of a billiard cue are made of wood and can warp. If that happens, it cannot be fixed and you may as well use it as firewood where it will serve you better.

If your cue stick is wrapped, don’t peel the wrapping like you would a Budweiser label. Wraps are put there for a reason. They give you a firm, comfortable grip on your cue stick and prevent your hand from slipping when you strike a billiard ball.

Lastly, don’t bounce your cue stick to the beat of the music (or off your competitor’s forehead). The rubber piece on the end of the butt is called a bumper. The bumper is put there to protect the cue stick when it accidentally bumps a wall or the table, or when it rests on the ground. The bumper adds to the precise weight of the billiard cue and should not become loosened. Repetitive impacts to the bumper can also cause the butt to eventually crack.

Take my advice and value your pool stick. If you do, it will perform for you every time. Don’t twirl it like a baton, use it to poke a bear, or use it to pick your nose. There are other instruments for those things. Your cue stick’s health and maintenance are vital in playing your best game.

Susan Herrmann http://www.ugetballs.com is an avid pool player. Her website is a great resource for collegiate pool table ball sets & pool sticks. Visit today for a huge selection! While you are there, take a look at the pool table covers, pool cue balls & eight balls.

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A Follow-up To “Make a Conscious Intention to Play Better Pool”

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

A Follow-up To “Make a Conscious Intention to Play Better Pool”

By Ernie Reynolds

If you read my previous post about stating your intention to play better pool you may be interested in this follow-up.

My brother and I usually get together and play pool on Friday nights. I have been playing a little better than him lately and he was wondering why. I told him that it was because, on Friday mornings when I first wake up, I state an intention to myself that I will play excellent pool that night.

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It has been working pretty well for me. I encouraged my brother to try it out and see if it helped his pool playing to improve. Then I didn’t mention it for a few weeks.

Two weeks ago, he was playing markedly better. He was making some nice cut shots and missing fewer easy shots than he usually dies. I mentioned that he was shooting really well that night. He informed me that he had made an intention that morning upon waking that he would play good pool that night.

“Aha! So it works for you too, huh?” He said, “I guess so.” He really was shooting much better pool. We were pretty evenly matched all evening. I’d win a game or two and he would win a game or two. It made for a better night of pool in my opinion.

Last week my brother was back to his habit of missing easy shots and giving me nice leaves to run out the table. He was getting mad at himself for playing lousy. I asked him, “So, did you do an intention to play good pool this morning?” He said, “No. I forgot.” “Ah, that’s why you’re not playing as well as last week.”

I’d be willing to bet that in the coming weeks my brother will be making more intentions on Friday mornings. It is such an easy thing to do and only takes ten seconds. What have you got to lose?

When you wake up and you are still in that state between being asleep and fully awake, simply state to the universe that you intend to play excellent pool tonight, today, or whenever you plan to play. Then just go about your day and don’t think about it anymore. It really does work wonders for my pool game.

I have used this process for other intentions as well. For example, “I intend to have a lot of fun today” or “I intend to get some good work done today.” It seems to work well for these types of personal, emotional things. I have yet to use it successfully to win the lottery, but I keep on trying! It doesn’t cost anything but a few seconds of my time.

If you are in a league or play pool at certain times every week like I do, I suggest you try this little experiment and intend to play better pool. Try it one day and not the next and compare your shooting performance. It works for me and my brother. I can’t see any reason why it won’t work for you too.

Le me know how you make out!

35 Tips To Pool Domination

Monday, October 12th, 2009

35 Tips To Pool Domination

By Ernie Reynolds

I recently finished and posted for download “35 Tips To Pool Domination”. You can see it in the column to the right. This Ebook is free for readers of this blog and my other pool websites.

I put together these tips as a reminder to myself and to help others to continue to remember and apply the basics when shooting pool. It’s easy to get out of the habit of paying attention to how you are stroking the stick, hitting the cue ball, positioning your leave, and many of the other little things that add up to playing your best pool.

When I find myself missing fairly easy shots, it always helps to make a quick review of how I am shooting and what I am doing wrong. This Ebook can help to drum into your head the obvious and not-so-obvious aspects to maintaining quality poll shooting.

Should you decide to download and read this Ebook, I would be most curious to learn of your opinion as to whether or not you feel it has helped your game to improve. Please leave a comment. Thanks.