Author: Paul

The Pep Talk: It’s the Same Shot – By Samm Diep

It was day two of the tournament and he was on the b-side. He had played poorly, missing shots and hooking himself. He admitted that he hadn’t played well, but all he could talk about was how much he hated that heavy bar table cue ball. It didn’t do what he wanted and he kept getting into trouble. Being more accustomed to the red circle cue ball, he was having difficultly adjusting to the heavier bar ball and the smaller tables. He was complaining about the conditions.

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Eric Yow – Triple Threat: Three Threes

By Eric “œThe Preacher” Yow!

This issue I want to show three easy set-up shots that will surely impress the passer-by. In my shows of “œEric Yow’s Trick Shot Madness” I perform a variety of shots, some easy, many hard, and everything in between. To get the show started, I often have a few shots setup, ready to go, which are almost sure makes just by virtue of them being set up properly. As illustrated, these are three of the shots, each requiring three balls, which are nice novelty shots to both warm up a crowd and arouse interest in what else you may have up your sleeve.

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Often Over Looked

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This type of shot does not have a diamond system to help the player. So it is a challenge to find the right cue ball speed and angles to get the correct trajectory to score the point. Although there are 2 or 3 other ways to attempt the shot let’s stick with this one for now.

Robert Byrne – Kiss Back Shot

Kissing the cueball back off a ball frozen to a rail is another idea that seldom occurs to beginning three-cushion players. Kiss-back opportunities may not arise for hundreds of points: then several may crop up in a single game. The pattern is common enough that every student should devote some time to learning the angles, English, and speed required.

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Willie Jopling – One Pocket Proposition

If you can set this shot up and tap it into the table before your mark shows up this makes a good One Pocket proposition. Freeze the 2 and 5 balls together as you see them in this diagram. The 2 ball is near the foot-rail a ball or two beyond the center of table on your opponents side. The 2 and 5 are aimed directly towards the first diamond on the long rail on your opponent’s side of the table.

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The American CueMakers Association (ACA)

The American CueMakers Association (ACA)

The American CueMakers Association (ACA) is proud to introduce the 2009 recipients of it’s “Hall of Fame Award” and it’s “Cuemaker of the Year Award.” The ACA was formed in 1992 to promote the American made cue as an unique collectible art form. Today, ACA membership includes over 40 of America’s finest cuemakers.

The 2009/10 season is already looking to be another banner year for the Viking tour.

The 2009/10 season is already looking to be another banner year for the Viking tour.

Over $500,000 in Prize Money Won On The Viking Tour Last Season

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As the 2009/10 Season of the Viking Tour gets ready to kick off it’s only natural that we look back and take stock of how the Viking Tour did in it’s 07/08 season. As most business were cutting back and citing declines in revenues due to recessionary reasons we are pleasantly surprised to say the the Viking Tour had it’s best season ever for our players, sponsors and room owners alike in the 15 year history of the tour.

Jacoby Tour

<br />Sharks-N-Shooters in Rocky Mount, North Carolina hosted the fourth stop on the 2008-2009 Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour January 24-25. A twenty-eight player field turned out for the $1000 guaranteed added Main Event in which Mike Davis defeated Michael Fuller, earning $1000 in his second victory in 2009 on the Jacoby Tour.

3-Cushion Regional Qualifier

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Left to right, Felipe & Hugo

Patino, Kolacz, Razon, and Ashby all earned their National entry at no charge, but had to play 2 final matches to determine the overall positions of finish in the Qualifier event and ranking points assigned by the USBA. Razon performed brilliantly as he defeated Patino by a score of 20 ““ 17 for 1st place honors. Meanwhile, Ashby sailed to victory over Kolacz 20 ““ 12 to win 3rd place positioning.

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Super Bowl at The Rack

They came from all over to play in this great event that has been going on for 25 years right here in Memphis, TN. New owner Jerry Ramey, and tournament director Mark Dionne were very pleased when a full field of 128 players showed up on Friday.

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The tournament got underway on Friday night right after the Calcutta and continued into the late hours on Sunday morning. Entry fee was $25, Race to 7, Ladies get 2 games, played on 9 foot Diamond tables.

2009 Music City 9-Ball Open

Madison, Tennessee’s premier JOB Billiard Club hosted the 22nd annual Music City 9-Ball Open Held January 15-18th 2009.

Jim Blaylock and Tournament Directory Steve McDonald, assisted by Peg Ledman, had a busy weekend as 113 open division players and 25 ladies division players showed up for the competition that was held on 7 foot Diamond Smart Tables with Simonis Cloth. The 9- ball tournament format was race to 11 in the open division and a race to 7 in the ladies division.

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