Sunday, January 18, 2009

Teaching my nephew (8)

My nephew, Kristian, age 8 (soon 9), loves to play pool, and asks me all the time to come play with me. He has joined me a couple of times before, with his brother Arve (age 10), but when they are both it's impossible to teach them anything.

Have done some easy drills together with them, tried to show them how to hold the cue etc., but it's not easy when they are both there. Too much talk :)

Today Kristian went with me alone, and he is very interested to learn. At school they have a 6-fot table with wooden slate, and he plays with some friends there as often as possible, and last time he set up a drill for them :)

At first today I refreshed his memory of how to hold the cue, and how to stand, and they we practised on drawing the ball.

Then I set up this drill for him, where he has to use follow on every shot. On the video below you can see him finishing this drill. (I forgot to press tape when he made ball 1...) He has made a lot of progress since last time we played.

In between the drills we played some 8-ball, with me needing to bank or kick each ball, but he preferred doing drills. I will try to bring him and his brother with me every now and then, and I have told them they can play the Norwegian 8-ball Championship for Youth, which will be played sometimes during Summer in Stavanger.

Here you can see him shooting:

1 kommentarer:

Anonymous said...

Interesting that schools for lower grades have a pool table available for students, that is a real good idea for developing an early interest in the game.

Anonymous - Bobby Mcgee

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