Sunday, December 28, 2008

What to practise, week 1, January 09

I will try to upload either a drill or other things to work on to improve your poolgame, hopefully as often as once a week.

This is a drill that I will work a lot with now the first week of the year. The first time I saw this drill, it was executed perfectly by Jasmin Ouschan. I had the pleasure of watching her do many different drills, because she arrived a couple of days before the Norwegian 9-ball Challenge in June, 2006. This tournament which I promoted and organized, Jasmin finished 5th, with Mika Immonen beating Oliver Ortmann 9-4 in the final, for the 8 500 $ first price.

Ok, back to the drill. I got reminded of this drill while checking other blogs and pool-related websites, and thought it could be fun to try it this coming week. I will do it a minimum of 30 times, and as always, I will keep record of how I do.

By keeping record of your attempts, and how many times you are successful etc, it will add some extra pressure during the drills, will help you increase your focus and most important; after you've done a dozen of different drills you can quickly figure out what aspects of your game that needs improvement.

The rules are very easy:
Start with cue ball in hand.
Shoot balls in any order.
Cue ball cannot move other balls during each shot.
Missing a shot ends the drill.

I normally practise on many different things during the week, but this is what I decided to publish as my first "Drill of the week".

If you decide to give it a try - good luck, and please let me know what you thought about the drill, and your score.

4 kommentarer:

Anonymous said...

Good exercise - I do the following exercise everyday - line up all the balls starting from the bottom rail to the top rail in the middle of the table - take cueball in hand and pocket all balls any order or you can do variations etc. - if you miss or bump a ball you start all over - I keep doing this until I do it right once and when you have 2 or 3 balls left it tends to put some pressure on you because you don't want to have to set it all up again!

John Biddle said...

I like your blog, good luck with it!

I like this drill, too, it really teaches you pinpoint control of the cue ball. The one thing about it I don't care for is the setup time. I find that really annoying. To avoid the setup time, I usually just throw the balls out on the table, make sure none are near a rail and that there are no clusters. I'm big on drills in general, though, to work specific skills in a disciplined fashion.

Anonymous's long line up drill has the same fault, from my perspective, namely long set up time. Plus, on his, there's no central skill to focus on. It's more a test than a drill.

I have an article on my blog on "How to Maximize 'Banging Balls'" that you might find interesting, and I'll be putting up part 2 later today. They cover different ways to run out a table full of random balls and work different things in the different variations.

I too use Cuetable for the pool diagrams, and I go through the drills step by step. It takes me longer to put them together which has slowed down my posting, but I'm making my New Years resolution to publish much more often.

Keep up the good work.

John Biddle

Roy Steffensen said...

Thanks for your replies. I am actually working on the line-up drill too, but I have a rule that I will either have to pocket the balls in order, from one side to another, or just using the 3 pockets on the left or right side.

Anonymous said...

Another practice routine someone gave me is a take off on Cribbage pool. You must sink two balls that total 15. If you sink the 1 and don't sink the 14 then you respot the 1. You sink 15 ball last after all other combinations are sunk. A good drill is to just spread all the balls out take ball in hand and start playing the combinations or you can rack them and put the 15 in the middle and break them open. I play that combinations are valid - eg suppose you sink the 5 but can't hit the 10 but if you hit another ball into the 10 it might go in. This way you get practice on combinations and you will find that you will get practice on caroms as sometimes you can sink a ball into a pocket off another ball. I find this game a good break when you are practicing drills and it starts to become boring.
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How I practice

Most of the time I practice by playing the Ghost in 9-ball or 10-ball. Sometimes I line up difficult shots or safeties that I have been struggling with, and the rest of the time I am normally using on the system called PAT.

I am using PAT (Playing Ability Test) to test my skills and to see progress, and it is really working great for me.

I have bought the books and DVD's on Amazon, and I recommend it to all players who wants to raise their game to another level.

PAT consists of 4 different levels, from amateurs to professionals. As a side-note, top-players such as Jasmin Ouschan and Thorsten Hohmann uses PAT on a regular basis.

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