Play Pool Better: Top Ten Ways to Improve your Billiards GameWritten by Reno Charlton
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5. Start simple
If you are something of a novice at pool then trick of improving your game is to start simple and work your way up. There is no point trying to jump straight in to most complex games. A game like 8 ball or better still 9 ball can help you to practice shooting and can help to condition your body in order to improve your game. Positioning and action is everything when playing billiards, and these simple, basic games will help you to improve both through practice.
6. Observe, observe, observe
We all need a mentor if we want to do something really well, and billiards is no exception to this rule. You can pick up some really useful tips simply by watching pros and very experienced. Whether it’s latest world champion playing on television or whether it’s your best mate who’s known as a real whiz with cue, you should pay careful attention when experts are in play. Try and study their positioning, their actions, trick shots, and way they play.
7. Use training balls
You can now get billiards training balls, and these can prove invaluable to someone just learning how to play or wishing to improve their game. These balls have a clear target to aim for, so when you are trying to pot ball you will know exactly where to aim. Using these training balls can help to condition your mind when you are playing, and pretty soon you will be able to hit mark without specially marked balls, and you can enjoy potting your object ball every time.
8. Use online tools
There are plenty of online tools available to help you improve your billiards game, such as virtual pool. Although these games can’t help with improvement of your physical stroke, they can give you a good idea of game rules and strategies, which are things that you must familiarise yourself with in order to start improving your game – if you don’t know how to play properly you can’t learn how to play better.
9. General tips
As well as above quite specific tips on improving your pool game, there are also some general tips that you should bear in mind when you are actually in process of playing or practicing billiards. Hopefully, these tips will help you to develop and improve your game so that you can play to best of your ability. These general tips include:
• Cue Shot: Make sure that your stroke is smooth and consistent. You should place your other hand on table, making it as stable as you can, and then allow cue to slide through this hand as smoothly as possible – it is a good idea simply to practice stroke before you start worrying about practicing with billiards balls. • Keep cue ball in sight: When you are aiming, you should be looking at cue ball and not object ball. Aim to strike it just below centre, and stay focussed on cue ball as you shoot. • Arm positioning: When you are playing, you should keep arm you are shooting with close to your body, and your elbow should be bent at a ninety-degree angle. Let your shoulder do work as you shoot – this is where action and movement should stem from. Do not be tempted to use excessive force, as this will simply spoil your shot – simply keep it smooth and controlled.
10. Enjoy it!
One thing to keep in mind when trying to improve your pool game is – it is a game! Don’t let yourself get stressed or frustrated; simply enjoy it and enjoy practicing it. Billiards is a great way to relax and unwind, and shouldn’t be something that you get stressed about. As with many things in life, practice makes perfect. You won’t become a billiard pro overnight – it can take a while to become adept at control, concentration, and movement required to shoot pool successfully. But you can have great fun whilst you are getting there.
Reno Charlton is an experienced freelance copywriter and an award-winning children’s author from the United Kingdom. You can read more of her informative articles on pool tables and billiard accessories at http://www.pool-and-billiards.com.
Kafka Re-TrialWritten by malcolm james pugh
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So He went up to their doors, The Nameless Man with Faceless Face, And bearded them in their hallowed den, Their plush revered and holy place, And caused unmitigated consternation, As he either was not really there, Or indeed actually physically existed, Solidly sitting silent in his chair.
So they asked him what he would want, If he were real and not mere illusion, For his appearance was so inopportune, His face and features causing confusion, His DNA was an embarrassment, Never born, nor listed, nor created, Never taxed, treated, nor arrested, Never receiving a non education.
So he stood up to his full height, And drew up his deepest breath, That made him seem immortal, And made them all fear death, And his mighty voice resounded, So much walls retained his words, We want to be individuals again We want to speak and to be heard, We want our voice to really matter, And we want to hear no more lies, We want illusion swept away, Replaced by council of wise, We want common sense to prevail, And not statistical subterfuge, Which tries to tell us its all ok, When we know it must improve, We want you to abdicate and take, Your machines and Mandarins away, And we want it done immediately, Oh Yes, we want it done today.
Or else I will shine in prime time, And then all will see its me, The man who is not Kafka, The man who simply cannot be, Then where will your credibility go, Will they ever listen to your pleas. No, far better for you to go now, And leave reality to me.
And they went away in disarray, Whilst he heralded a new era, No one knew who hell he was, But yet everything seemed clearer, Everything was as it appeared, Nothing hidden, no more of lies, And no one filed his disappearance, When he finally left our skies.
They can media us its always fine, Statistic prove what cannot be true, They can try to justify their lies, Attempt to airbrush history in two, They may perceive us all as fools, Force fed on false soap opera goals, But cannot forever control our minds, Nor assume they own our souls, For Long term lies have multiplied, And now are ringing empty and hollow, What seemed so reasonable yesterday Will be disproved upon morrow, And with these endless lies surfacing, Just Like The Man Who Could Not Be, The truth will slowly become visible, And truth will set us free.
ex civil engineer/systems programmer.