Pool Skills Drills - Fun Billiards Challenges

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Pool Skills Drills - Fun Billiards Challenges

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The Drill Instructor is prepared to drill you. Illustration courtesy of The Drill Instructor

These pool skills drills will max your understanding of pocket billiards technique.

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because you're mine, I walk the line

Why Is Pool Practice Boring? How Can It Be Changed?

By Dominic Esposito aka The Drill Instructor with Matt Sherman of About.com

Do you agree with the formula: Pocket Billiards + Practice = Boredom? You can be honest.

Okay, then answer this, fellow pool shooter. How do you know for certain if your skills are improving overall? What if I can show you a way to make practice fun, even as you see yourself progressing toward increasing your average? I can. Want to know how? It's through the time-tested method of training drills--fun drills, all, but they need to be done. I turned pro at a young age and used these drills and ones like them to get there.

Do you want to play better or not? I have the rudiments that will push you past the plateaus that seem to hold you back. Now stop your whining and let's get to it, soldier! When The Drill Instructor starts his Jody calls you say "Sir, yes sir!" Now let's crack those racks!

Nothing increases your personal playing skills like solid practice drills. They develop your utmost in focused concentration, isolate effective shot making and establish your pace for technique and execution. Your overall player skill level will be improved through practicing my professional drills like those listed at this site.

**Next page: Walk the line with Dom Esposito's drill

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Walk The Billiards Line

Walk The Line Billiards
Walk the line with The Drill Instructor--or else!. Illustration courtesy of The Drill Instructor

Walk the line for pocket billiards with this fascinating pool skills drill from Dominic Esposito.

My Pro Skill Drills series of books and DVDs, eight volumes in all, will develop your focus, fine tune your shot making skills and build your playing consistency… let's begin by "Walking The Line".

The DI's Walking The Line Drill

This drill perfects your shot making skills for balls out in the center of the table.

The Drill As Adjusted For Beginner To Intermediate Level Players

1. Start with ball-in-hand and from either end of the table as shown--your choice.

2. Score any ball in any of the six pockets on the table.

3. Avoid hitting any of the other balls on each shot. If you miss a shot or contact hit another ball, reset the line and start over at #1.

For More Advanced Players

1. Start with ball-in-hand from either end of the table.

2. Starting with a ball at one end of the line, pocket the balls (in any pocket) on successive strokes, however, be sure to sink the balls in line order.

3. Avoid hitting any of the other balls on each shot. If you miss a shot or hit another ball, reset the line and start again.

During your next match, as you survey the table layout, take notice as to how many shots resemble those shots in this month's featured drill. You can then shoot the shots in the match like they are part of this drill! You'll shoot with confidence and make the shot as you had many times before.

You'll still miss from time to time as a result of bad aim or a missed stroke--everyone does---but with your new focus on your drills, you won't be the person you used to be at the table.

Did you like this drill? Visit Pro Skill Drills then order Volume 1 today containing 52 Pro Skill Drills for every week of this year, an accompanying book and a two-hour DVD. You can even inquire about private lessons or attending a Boot Camp Pool School with The Drill Instructor by calling (USA) 407-927-1484.You can also write me an e-mail anytime with your comments and questions.

Dominic Esposito's many pool innovations include the line of Jester "Aiming" Jump Cues. They make fun of the hard shots! Also, his Pro English Trainer teaches students to learn to apply english with great precision, The Drill Instructor's way.

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because you're mine, I walk the line

I find it very, very easy to be true
I find myself alone when each day is through
Yes, I'll admit that I'm a fool for you
Because you're mine, I walk the line

As sure as night is dark and day is light
I keep you on my mind both day and night
And happiness I've known proves that it's right
Because you're mine, I walk the line

Pro Skill Drills 1: Rail Finishing Points/Understanding Tips Of English
Pro Skill Drills 2: Finishing Points On The Long Rail
Pro Skill Drills 4: The Double Kick System
Pro Skill Drills 5: Clutch Safeties For 8- And 9-Balls
Pro Skill Drills OO7: Play Safe, Mr. Bond
Pro Skill Drills 8: Four Ways To Bank Balls
Pro Skill Drills 9: Rotation Order Workout
Pro Skill Drills 10: Walk The Line
Pro Skill Drills 11: Relieve Nervous Pressure
Pro Skill Drills 12: The Short Jump Shot
Pro Skill Drills 14: "Chalking Time" - Mastering A Shot Routine
Pro Skill Drills 15: Sample 8-Ball Pattern

Notes From A D.I. Workout - Stroke Speeds And Masse Shots
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