All billiard sports whether it be snooker, 8ball or 9ball rely on at least partially on a bit of luck. But there are those among us who command chance and have the ability to become a winner. Many of us long to be winners, to be above the game, to know chance, and live the life we want to lead. But is it an impossible dream?
Someone once told me that ‘nothing is impossible, it’s just that the answers have not yet arrived’ and I believe that this is true. We sometimes get lost in the oblivion of ‘normal’ life whilst striving to preserve some sort of security or safety net. The truth is however that security and safety are just as false as any other thing. They are a mere illusionary force that keeps us from trying anything in life. William Hill offers the chance for sports aficionados to use their unique talent of knowledge and predict outcomes. Some people have become very rich as a result. Great people are the people who go out and do great things and sometimes inevitably lady luck shines upon them its true, but what if they did not try and just waited for something to happen. I’m sure you will agree that nothing would probably happen. Work in equals at least to an extent reward out. If we simply strive towards something we activate something. All drive, power and perseverance can at least influence the factor of luck. Luck is attained by chances. The more chances we make for ourselves the more times luck has to strike.
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Sometimes when we see things from a different perspective then we can understand them easier. Check out this amazing billiards in slow motion video. It really gives an insight into how billiards collisions work. Thermal imaging is also provided to give further insights on collision development. Definitely worth the time to watch:
Want really jaw dropping visual effects for your pool table. Check out OpenPool. Its an open source pool table projection mapping system. Looks like magic! Project images onto a pool table that interact with what is going on at the time. Uses a ‘Kinect’ and a projector to achieve the effects. I certainly would love to have this. I would however love to have this work as a pool trainer/ball position predictor. I’m sure its possible to do with this equipment and it would open the market up further for something like this. Imagine hitting into a pack and it displaying possible projections based on how you hold the cue etc.
Still interested? Its open source and its here:
As the popular film says that ‘money won is twice as sweet as money earned’ I truly believe that it is the best and fastest way to learn to play pool. Just as with playing card and table casino games online theres a rush of adrenaline and a distinctive need to win. We feel overwhelmed with emotion as energy surges through us, waiting to get the chance to clear up. Winning suddenly becomes everything.
Many stories have been told about that big win at the table, the time we beat so and so etc, but the chance to prove yourself means everything. Playing for cash focuses the mind to a pinpoint of concentration, driving us forward in our position.
The hustlers life of subterfuge and extreme skill epitomises the act of money getting and in turn reflects life itself. Countless people have lost out to a hustler and there way through the pool halls of life as well as at the tables.
When you’ve won there is no more a better way to do so. May the pockets be magnetic and the money flow like wine.
The speed of a ball on the cushion of a table affects its reaction when it rebounds off a cushion. For instance, in the diagram below, when you aim perfectly for a double at the tables natural speed, the speed which angle in equals angle out, then everything is in balance but lower the speed and the angle will widen slightly due to more contact time with the cushion and speed the ball up and the angle will become less wide due to cushion compression. This can make or break your game from the start. Some seasoned players still don’t use this to their advantage.
We all expect that we can win but when it comes down to the table we sometimes falter. What happened to our confidence at this point? Why are we so eager to believe before the game yet unable to follow through?
Sometimes when the moment comes we start to disbelieve our abilities, the atmosphere oppressive, the tension unbearable, we start to sweat a little, muscles start to tighten and as a result our game start to go off the rails.
Three things can help this situation:
Learn to play in busy areas with real players, experience is that mother of all confidence tricks.
Learn to do things in a routine manner. Chalk the cue before each shot, time the shot, make that same movement every time with the cue. When we master routine then it becomes habit. Habit can get us out of some tight spots when we’re out of our comfort zone.
Learn to relax:
Each time you play then take a deep breath, slow down, make things enjoyable. Take the fear out of the game. Accept the challenges which lie ahead but most of all have fun, that can be as good a trick as anything.
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Thinking ahead ? shots
Make a definite plan of how you will take on the game. Think several shots ahead. Most pro’s will tell you the whole game
has already been played out in their mind before the play a shot.
Start off by thinking two shots ahead then three and so on. This way you can change to this new way of playing without going the whole
distance in one go.
Some of the benefits of this way of thinking are:
* Greater awareness of the table
* Thinking of a correct order in which the balls should be potted
* It help you think of a game plan which you will play against your opponent e.g. more defensive game etc
I never ran a rack until I played the game this way. I remember the first time I made a complete clearance of all 8 balls in competition, Wow!
Make them play the game your way.
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