Billiards Library > The Drill Instructor > Practice Drills That Develop Consistency: Part II

Practice Drills That Develop Consistency: Part II

Last month we reviewed the first most common problem inconsistent players suffer from: “Nopaceosis”; the lack of a consistent pace of playing. Continue to work the Pace Setter Drills at least once a month to keep your playing pace consistent.

This month we’re going to look at the second most common problem inconsistent players suffer from. It’s called, “Addressitis”. Meaning, they don’t have a properly structured address routine for each time they’re at the table. This condition results in improper shot selections, hurried shooting, and is often accompanied by one-stroking and unwanted miscuing. Here are some drills designed to establish an address routine you can build up your game through.

Is there more than one address routine? Yes! There are four critical times in every match whereby you must have an established address routine:

1. Your Break Address Routine

2. Your Ball Running Address Routine

3. Your Ball-In-Hand Address Routine

I suggest any address routine should have a specific starting point every time.

Since much of what you do during any match is already ingrained in you, developing a new address routine is going to take hard work. You have to break your old habits and develop new ones. Let’s face the fact now that I’m your drill instructor, not your baby sitter. My job is to coach you to higher levels of play than you could get yourself to on your own. So dig in! As always, don’t try invoking any new ideas I give you during a match. This has to be done during your workout practice sessions.

You’ll greatly benefit from a few tools to work this project.

1. A video camera and play back monitor big enough so that you can get a good look at yourself playing.

2. A note pad and pen. I recommend the PRO SKILL DRILLS volume 3, Record Keeping Journal.

3. A practice partner. Consider hiring an assistant.

Pay someone ten dollars an hour to work for you while you practice. They can make sure the camera, which should be on a tripod, is moving to keep you in the picture at all times, do the ball racking and occasionally some cue-ball chasing. Trust me, this is a smart investment. You’ll shoot two times more shots in the same amount of time of shooting.

Here is a drill cadence that is sure to keep you on track if you’re currently struggling with “Addressitis”.

Left Left Left Right Left (Start chalking)

Walking Time Is Chalking Time

Walking Time Is Chalking Time

Chalking Time Is Thinking Time

Chalking Time Is Thinking Time

Thinking Time Is Planning Time

Thinking Time Is Planning Time

Planning Time Is Choosing Time

Planning Time Is Choosing Time

See One (echo) See One

Find Two (echo) Find Two

Seek The - Best Shot - Until…

(All yell) I’m Sure!!!

Attention! (TDI yells or in your head in tempo) (step back 4 feet from table, in line with the object ball and pocket, both feet together, cue stick pointed up smoothly pumping in bridge hand)

Attitude Check! (TDI yells or in your head)

I love this shot!

This is my favorite shot!

Continue cadence tempo

See The Ball Go In The Hole

See The Ball Go In The Hole

Now To Plan The Cue Ball Roll

Time To Plan The Cue Ball Roll

Focus Breathe Align The Aim

Focus Breathe Align The Aim

Make The Shot To Win This Game

Make The Shot To Win This Game

Step In (echo) Step In

Ease Down (echo) Ease Down

Take Aim—Pre Stroke—Release…

(All yell) I Win!!!

Left Left Left Right Left (Start chalking again)



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