NCS Welcomes OB Cues and Hustlin USA Clothing Company CueSports International (CSI) proudly announces the addition of OB Cues and Hustlin USA Clothing Company as sponsors of the 2009 National Championship Series (NCS). The...
The Blatt Billiards Predator 9-Ball Tour opened up the 2009 season at Raxx Pool Room in West Hempstead, NY with 70 players vying for the top prize. Top players in attendance included Jeremy Sossei, Oscar Bonilla, Ignacio Chavez, Fran Crimi, Empire State Champion Marc “œSpain” Vidal, Liz Ford, Sean “œAlaska” Morgan, Bobby Blackmore & Tony Robles.
Blacking Out by Tom Simpson It’s absolutely vital to be in the present moment during each shot. For a shot to be the beautiful, fluid, hitch-free, confident, effortless motion you’d like it to be,...
We don’t always lose because we choke Often times we find ourselves getting tired after several rounds of competition and this cause our stroke to be tentative. We miss shots we know we can...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.