Play In A Pool Tournament - Get Ready With The D.I.

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Play In A Pool Tournament - Getting Ready With The D.I.

Play Pool Tournament
Get ready for a pool tournament with The D.I. now!. Illustration courtesy of The Drill Instructor

Ready to play in a pool tournament or not? Introducing a marvelous pool lesson this month from The Drill Instructor. The D.I. fills poolrooms nationwide for clinics, exhibitions and group and individual lessons. Highly recommended for your next pool event or the next time you need to check in with a qualified instructor, and get that pool stroke straightened, private! -- Matt, Your Pool & Billiards Guide

Getting Better Takes L.U.C.K.

You want to get better at pocket billiards? It takes luck. You read that right, luck, however, I seriously doubt you and I mean the same thing by the word. Maybe when you think of luck, the idea of something good happening, which you had no idea how it happened, is what comes to mind. Sorry, but that's not what I'm talking about.

Hello, fellow pool lovers:

My name is Dominic Esposito, a.k.a. The Drill Instructor. My friend Matt Sherman,'s Pool & Billiards Guide, has invited me to get in your face and offer you some of what others have come to regard as the best pool instructions this side of the moon. I agree with them! Starting now and until further notice, you will have the opportunity to glean from these lessons and if you get in line with what I tell you to do, in little time, you will become your opponents' worst nightmare at the pool table.

Okay, let's start with a few basics. Did you win at least one tournament last year? Did you even play in a tournament in the last year? Take out a sheet of paper and write, "I will win at least one tournament in the next year." If need be, also write, "My first goal is to play in a tournament in the next year."

Let's go on. Are you at least one or two balls better (per run) than you were at this time last year? If not, do you want to be one or two balls better at this time next year? Then you need to write that down. If you intend to do any of the things I just spoke of you need to first make a written plan and get started. If I'm going to start investing in you, I expect you to do no less. If you don't, you cannot shoot pool with LUCK as I will teach you, too.

Go to the next page to complete the drill or read more about The D.I. at Learn All 10 Ball Speeds And More With The Drill Instructor

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No Pool Luck Involved When You Use L.U.C.K.

Pool Luck
Make these four shots and you're far along to competing in a pool tournament. Illustration courtesy of The Drill Instructor

Let's get this straight, right from the top. L.U.C.K. is an acronym for Labor Under Correct Knowledge.

That's exactly what I'm going to help you do with this month's Pro Skill Drills instruction. The best place to start is by checking your cue ball path predictability and speed control. Set the object ball on the rail as shown in Diagram 1. After pocketing the ball in the corner pocket, use the different strokes as described to make the cue ball come to land on points A, B, C and D.

On the first tries, through, place the object ball frozen to the cushion. After that, place the object ball 1" away from the cushion, then next work the shots from fully 2" from the cushion. Attempt to make the cue ball land on the A through D at least 7 out of 10 times for each spot.

Notice how the forced accuracy in making the cue ball land on each finishing point sharpens your cue ball path control. As a bonus you are impacting your speed control skills.

Yes, indeed, and you can use a napkin and a journal to get this done with excellence. The journal takes your notes on accomplishments for the drill plus areas you need to work on in future. The napkin makes a convenient target to roll the cue ball onto for assessment. You can use it also to clean the balls then drop the napkin into a paper recycling bin as you finish. Based on your skill level, you may use a folded napkin to make the drill tougher, whereas beginners hope to reach a target as large as a sheet of letterhead paper with the cue ball. And pros try to stop their cue ball on an object the size of a U.S. quarter! -- Matt

In the future, when someone says, "Brother, [or Sister] you shot the lights out tonight," simply respond, "Thanks! It was just pure L.U.C.K." Matt and I know what you meant, and the best part of your knowledge is not needing to tell them but merely to cash in and take home the trophy.

Turn the page for hints on making all four shots successfully--straight from the teaching of The Drill Instructor.

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English Points - Make All Four Shots

English Points
Illustrating the 1-2-3 method of denoting english points. Illustration courtesy of The Drill Instructor

This cue ball illustration demonstrates the "1-2-3 system" for applying english to the cue ball. The four points given (including center ball without any draw or sidespin) are four hints to completing the A-B-C-D sequence on the previous page.

There are many other drills like this one in my Pro Skill Drills series of books and DVDs. Please go to my new Drill Instructor Website and check these out. Also, please do your Facebook and viral marketing thing and tell all your pool friends to check this lesson and to let us know if you want more soon.

Pro Skill Drills 2: Finishing Points On The Long Rail
Pro Skill Drills 4: The Double Kick System
Pro Skill Drills 5: Clutch Safeties For 8- And 9-Balls
Pro Skill Drills OO7: Play Safe, Mr. Bond
Pro Skill Drills 8: Four Ways To Bank Balls
Pro Skill Drills 10: Walk The Line
Pro Skill Drills 12: The Short Jump Shot
Pro Skill Drills 14: "Chalking Time" - Mastering A Shot Routine
Pro Skill Drills 15: Sample 8-Ball Pattern

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