Practice Drills That Develop Consistency - Part 1
Consistency - Part 1
Hurry up but take your time! Pay attention to the whole table but focus on your shot!
Do you hear these messages in your head while you’re between shots? How about while you’re down on your shot? Is your game consistent? Are you consistent? How consistent are you? What causes you to break and start running balls like you’re on ESPN, only to get horribly out of line on the eight-ball, or flat out dog the nine in the jaw of the pocket? When are you finally going to get sick and tired of only being consistent at being inconsistent? If you’re response to my jabbing questions is, “I only play pool for the enjoyment of it. I’m not all caught up with having to practice and trying to become some kind of a pool champion.” You’re in luck! You don’t have to read any mo re of this article and you can go on to the next one. If not, hang on because we’re going to learn how to break the curse of inconsistency once and for all.
The first and most common problem inconsistent players suffer from is called, “Nopaceosis”. Meaning, they don’t benefit from their playing pace. It mostly benefits their opponent. We’ll examine two drills designed to establish a rock solid playing pace you can build up your game with.
Practice Drill No. 1:
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Practice Drill No. 2:
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1. Set up a full rack of balls on the bottom rail and leave the rack around them.
2. Place one ball from the rack at the top end of the table and set up the cut shot with the cue ball as shown on tables 1 and 2. Don’t make the cut angle too easy or too tough to make.
3. Shoot the ball into corner pocket A, like it is the final ball to win the U. S. Open. Chalk your stick, use you whole address form, take sure aim. Make the ball and cause the cue ball to lightly tap the rack.
4. Walk ALL THE WAY AROUND THE TABLE (in the same direction you were shooting). Don’t use your stick to slide the cue ball back to you. This defeats the purpose of the drill.
5. As you come around to the rack, pick up another ball and the cue ball, walk back up to the top of the table and reset the same shot, this time shooting into the opposite pocket B.
6. Again, chalk your stick, use you whole address form, take sure aim and shoot this next ball into corner pocket B, like it too, is the final ball to win the U. S. Open.
7. Repeat steps 4 & 5 until you finish the entire rack.
Note: Do Drills 1 and 2 a total of 5 times each day for 30 days. From this, you will develop a fluid and beneficial pace when you’re at the table. Each rack should take no longer than 7½ minutes. The entire drill should take about 1 hour and 15 minutes. The benefits are incalculable.