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2013 Pool Resolutions Edition (1/2/13)

Howdy PoolDawgians!

Welcome to 2013!  If you're like most people, the start of the year means resolutions.  If you're like me (which I hope you're not), those resolutions typically get ignored about two weeks after making them

Since we're on the topic of resolutions, it's the perfect time to talk about improving your pool game.  Practice is always the best way to improve, but before you start practicing, it's even more important to make sure your mechanics are correct.  With that in mind, this week we'll be talking training books and DVDs for our gratuitous sales pitch.

After you're done checking out some of our favorite training materials, be sure to read our latest article from Samm Diep-Vidal.  This week, Samm talks about 10 ways to stay motivated when playing and practicing.  And away we go!

Mastering Pool DVDs

I'm not supposed to play favorites with products, but I really do dig these DVDs eversomuch.  From a production quality perspective, they are simply unrivaled in the billiards industry.  Plus, you get to learn from Mika Immonen, one of the greatest pool players of his generation.  These DVDs start with the basics (stance, bridge, stroke) and works their way up to advanced safety play, position play and more


Banking With The Beard

If you're serious about learning the art of banking, there's no better resource than Freddy the Beard.  This bank shot master takes you through the basics of banking, teaching you angles, aiming and speed.  As the book progresses, more advanced banking strategies come into the picture including 3 rail and "Z" banks.

Dr. Dave Alciatore DVDs

When it comes to the science of pool, Dr. Dave is the man.  He's a PhD, he's a Professor of mechanical engineering and he's also a pool and billiards instructor.  His DVDs are all about fundamentals and practice, starting with the basics and going up to advanced shots such as extreme draw, masse and jump shots.


Byrne's Complete Book of Pool Shots

Looking to learn from a master?  If so, Robert Byrne's Complete Book of Pool Shots is the book for you.  This 350 page book contains literally hundreds of the most important shots in pool.  Stun shots, banks, topspin, sidespin, backspin, masses, jumps and double kisses are just a few of the shot topics that are discussed and diagrammed.  

If you're serious about pool, there are few books on the market that rival Byrne's compendium.

Samm Diep's Cue Tips: The Self Pep Talk

Pep talks are given by your coach before a big game or match to boost morale and enthusiasm. A great pep talk leaves you feeling pumped up and ready to go. Well, what if you don’t have a coach or teammates to help drive you? How can you keep your confidence high?

Here’s a list of ten ways you can keep yourself motivated with a self pep talk:

1. You can do it! Walk to the bathroom, take a good look in the mirror, and say to yourself, "I can do it." Look yourself in the eye and truly mean it. Say it aloud. Don’t just think it. You must believe in yourself and have faith in your abilities if you intend to succeed
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