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The Final Bout: And the Winner is... Allison Fisher! TULSA, OK - Defending champ vs. the world's best woman player in the history of pool. Who would win? That was the big question and it got answered in a big way as Allison Fisher took the title from 2x US Open Champion Ga Young Kim in a heated battle that Allison won 7-4. Fisher won the opening break, but couldn't capitalize, giving the first game win to Kim. But Allison quickly tied things up after Ga Young missed a jump shot, then broke and ran the next two racks to lead 3-1 in the race to seven. In game five, players traded safes for a few shots until Kim got the first clear look at a shot and ran out to trail 2-3. In game six, a missed bank on the two by Kim again put Allison in the driver's seat. She ran the rack... to the nine... and uncharacteristically missed, leaving Ga Young Kim an easy nine to tie the match 3-3. She broke and ran to the five, nearly missing it but slopping it in the other corner (with apologies to her opponent), then made a 6-9 combination to pull ahead 4-3. Breaking in game eight, Kim ran to the three, played safe, but the cue ball slow rolled its way into the corner pocket. Fisher played safe and Kim kicked and made a ball, but missed a bank. Allison played a long six ball and caromed in the nine to tie it up 4-4! A scratch on a safety attempt in the next game might have resulted in a runout

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for Kim, but missed position on the five ball caused a miss on a tough five. Allison ran out to again lead the match, 5-4. Fisher broke in game ten and played safe on the one. Ga Young made the hit with her jump cue, but left Allison a clear shot on the one. She executed a perfect runout to get to the hill 6-4! Allison broke, pocketed the five on the break, made the one ball and then... made a 2-9 combination for the WIN! Visit wpba. com/2011usopen.pdf for a blow by blow of the final match! About the Women's Professional Billiard Association (WPBA) The WPBA was established in 1976 as the Women's Professional Billiard Alliance, and celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2011 as the oldest pro player organization in the sport. The WPBA sanctions and produces the Women's Pro Billiard Tour, which features ESPN-televised events with the world's greatest women players. Visit www. for more. The WPBA Classic Tour is sponsored by the American Poolplayers Association, Diamond Billiards, Iwan Simonis, Cuetec Cues, Delta 13, Pooldawg, Mueller Recreational Products and Aramith. About River Spirit Casino River Spirit Casino, Tulsa's $195 million casino project at 81st & Riverside,

showcases 300,000 square feet of gaming space and is one of the largest gaming floors in Oklahoma. With over 2,600 high-tech electronic machines, 24 table games and 15 poker tables, River Spirit Casino offers the most current technology and latest games available. The facility features four worldclass dining and beverage venues including the largest casino buffet in Oklahoma, a fine dining establishment, a 24-hour cafĂŠ, lounge and sports bar. For more information on River Spirit Casino please visit the website. As an active community partner, River Spirit Casino provides a positive economic impact for Tulsa and surrounding towns, adding 450 new jobs to the city. Proceeds from gaming operations help to fund a variety of Muscogee (Creek) Nation service programs such as housing, education, elderly assistance and healthcare. For more on the tribe's history and government, visit the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's site at www. About River Spirit Event Center The newly renovated River Spirit Event Center is located at the site of the former Creek Nation Casino - Tulsa at 81st and Riverside Drive. The venue has nearly 20,000 sq. ft of useable space for sporting events, entertainment, conventions and meetings and all amenities.

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ULTIMATE POOL LEAGUES M8 WINTER REGIONAL Ultimate Pool Leagues/M8s Winter regionals are a fitting end for teams playing in the winter season. Teams play the winter season earning the right to go to the divisional playoffs and then to the winter season regionals where they play for larger prizes. These prizes are in addition to the large annual prizes teams play for in our Midwest Regional Tournament solidifying Ultimate Pool Leagues/M8s position as paying back more to its players than any other league

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MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS 1st Old Schoolers $2,000 2nd Badd Company $1,750 3rd GreyBeards $650 4th Monkey Buisness $450 MASTERS CONSOLATION RESULTS 1st TC’s $1,000 2nd Yo Mammy $500 3rd Tuesday With Todd $325

Dazed & Confused

MELLING BY A MILE! ENGLAND'S CHRIS MELLING STEAMROLLS CHINESETAIPEI'S HSU KAI LUN TO WIN THE CHINA OPEN 9-BALL Story and Photos by Ted Lerner (Shanghai, China)--Give Chris Melling an inch, and he takes a mile. That’s just how Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Kai Lun must feel right now, as the burly Englishman put on one of the most powerful displays of 9-ball pool seen in the professional game in some time, capturing the China Open in an all out rout, 11-3. Melling won $40,000 and, in the process, declared loud and clear that he will be a force to be reckoned with among an already strong heap of English and European pool players for the foreseeable future. “That’s the best I’ve ever played,” an ecstatic Melling said moments after lifting the trophy. “I knew I would win the match when I was up 6-2. I knew then it would be tough for him to come back. I was just playing too good.” It didn’t take long into the final race to 11, alternate break match to realize, though, that Hsu was in over his head on this day against the white hot Englishman. The two were all square after four racks but from there Melling got on his motorcycle and ran away with the match. In rack five, Melling made a very difficult pot on the one that opened up the rack and got him the lead. In the next frame he played a world class snooker off of Hsu’s safety that quickly led to another point. A minute later he was up 5-2 after a break and run out. From there, the fast playing Brit piled on the points, all the while taking on and converting daring shots that most players would be afraid to pull out of their bags. Hsu simply had no answer. Melling raced right to the finish line and the championship with a resounding 11-3 win. Coming on the heels of his quarter final finish in May’s World 10-ball championship in Manila, Melling is sure to crack the World Pool Association’s Top Ten rankings. The European number two is also looking very seriously at a spot on the coveted European Mosconi Cup team. With this extremely impressive performance in Shanghai this week, the 32

year old Brit appears to have a very bright future in pool. Listen to his attitude when he talks about playing in the pressure cooker that is the world of professional pool. “I didn’t feel nervous at all out there,” Melling said. “I love playing under pressure. I love the crowd and playing on TV. “I’m not saying I’m a great player. But there’s a difference between being a good player and being a great player. A good player can play well in the pool room and in small tournaments. Great players can win under pressure in an atmosphere like this. I’m just beside myself right now. Absolutely unbelievable."


Story and Photo by Ted Lerner

(Shanghai, China)--Playing virtually mistake free 9-ball, and seemingly immune to the pressure, Fu Xiao Fang defeated fellow Chinese and defending champion Chen Siming 9-3 to capture the China Open championship Sunday afternoon in Shanghai. With her impressive victory, Fu won $30,000 and cemented her status as China’s best player. She has now won two major tournaments in the last year, including the World 9-ball championship held last September in Shenyang, China. In addition to stamping her class on the highly popular and competitive world of women’s pool in China, the victory now moves the 25 year old to the top of the world rankings. The match, played in front of several hundred people inside the Shanghai Pudong Yuanshen Stadium, and an estimated nationwide television viewing audience of over ten million people watching on China’s CCTV, was expected to be much closer. But the usually unflappable Chen made some uncharacteristic mistakes, all of which cost the 17 year old phenom dearly. Chen claims $15,000 for getting runner up and will now move down to the second spot in the WPA world rankings. To see all the stories from our extensive coverage of the 2011 China Open, please visit the official website of the World Pool Association: www.

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WWPD? (What Would the Pros Do?) Vol. 1 By Samm Diep © April 2011

Over the past few years, I’ve had the tremendous honor of watching and interviewing so many of the best players in the world. Amidst the countless hours of world class pool, I’ve seen the best do some amazing things. However, most of the time, they aren’t really doing anything special. They’re just making smart decisions. Those are the things that make the game look so simple for them. Each of us can win more games by choosing ideal patterns and learning from what the pros would do. Samm Diep Volume 1 takes place at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada during the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open 10Ball Championship. In a race to 8, Spain’s David Alcaide is up 7-5 against Dennis Haar from Indiana when he left himself a funny angle on his final 8 ball.

He has a few options. Option A. Slide into the 10 ball and play the 9 in the opposite corner. Option B. Draw across table, missing the 10 ball to also play the 9 in the opposite corner pocket. Option C. Use high-right to spin around the 10 ball to play for a much larger window for position on the 9 in the side. David chose Option C. Option A is risky. Clipping the 10 ball too thin could send the cue ball loose. Hitting the 10 ball in the wrong place could leave you jacked up over it. With the position of the 9 ball, there is always the risk of scratching in the side pocket if left with the wrong angle. True, the scratch can be avoided, but it may cost you a tougher shot on the 10 ball.


Option B is not ideal either because you ultimately send your cue ball against the line of the shot. If your plan is to play the 9 in the corner, draw an imaginary line to the object ball from where you want the cue ball to be. With this shot, the cue ball is coming across that line. This means there’s only a small window for when your cue ball is in position. And again, with

this shot, when you come too far you’re flirting with the side pocket scratch on the 9 ball. Option C is the most practical choice in this scenario. The right hand english can make it easier to pocket the ball. It also assists the cue ball to continue rolling on its organic path. As an added bonus, the target area for position on the 9 in the side is much greater than playing it in the corner. The cue ball is coming into the line of the next shot and with an angle anywhere within the shaded area, position can be easily achieved to have a good shot on the 10 ball. Remember, you always have options. Sometimes the ideal shot is more obvious than others. Look at the entire run out, not just the shot in front of you and choose the best pattern that allows you to play natural position and lead the cue ball into the line of your next shot, not against it. That’s what the pros would do.

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(June 24-26 2011) Eighty one players from eight US states and three Canadian provinces converged on Fargo North Dakota June 24-26 for the second annual Fargo Summer Shootout. The tournaments were held at Fargo Billiards & Gastropub, on its 35 Diamond 7’ tables with Simonis cloth and red circle cueballs. In the end it would be the player from Illinois, St. Louis area’s Justin Bergman, who would prevail in both the $500 added 9-ball event and the $2500 added 8-ball event. The race-to-7 winner breaks 9-ball tournament began Friday evening at 6 pm. Bergman finished that event undefeated, getting through Bill Beaman (Bismarck, ND), Dean Flanders (Fargo, ND), Daryl Phillips (Aberdeen, SD), Dave Coon (Minneapolis, MN), Shane Jackson (Minneapolis, MN), Berry McClean (Winnipeg, MB), and Lee Heuwagen (Minneapolis, MN). Play in the 8-ball race-to-5 main event started around noon on Saturday, but the day had already been hopping for a couple

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hours by that time. The Gastropub provided a complimentary breakfast spread for the players and their guests at 9:30 am. Two of the thirteen Gabriels 9-foot tables at Fargo Billiards were opened up for the weekend as challenge tables, and both had been going for a while before the 11 am full-field Calcutta that would grow to $9,300. When a family emergency precluded OTBnTV from streaming the events as scheduled, Dave Coon & Mike Fieldhammer from Minneapolis stepped in to provide an excellent stream with dual commentators. Archived matched can be found at http://www. The tough 72-player 8-ball field was played down the first day to four on the no-loss side and eight on the one-loss side. Some of the top 8-ball players who failed to make the second day include Marc Oelslager (Fargo) , Mario Parayno (Minneapolis), and Ryan Solleveld (Winnipeg). In the two winner’s side matches Sunday at noon, Rory Hendrickson (Fargo) beat Felix Beardy (Winnipeg) by a score of 5-3, and Justin Bergman (St. Louis) beat Jamie Pluta (Minneapolis) by a score of 5-2. Bergman then beat Hendrickson by a score of 5-1 to win the driver’s seat position. On the B-side, Pluta beat Beardy 5-2 for the chance to face Hendrickson. Hendrickson won the match 5-2. In the finals of the tournament, Fargo Billiards & General Manager & House Pro Rory Hendrickson would need to beat the young Justin Bergman twice. Hendrickson won the first match 5-2, setting the stage for an exciting final set of the tournament. Bergman, the runner-up finisher in the January Fargo Midwinter Shootout, evidently returned to Fargo to close the deal, as he won the final set by a score of 5-3. Plans are underway for the next Fargo Midwinter Shootout, January 27-29, 2012. Photos courtesy of

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VNEA’s 31st Annual International Pool Championships! Tournament Sponsors were VALLEY • OMEGA BILLIARDS There was an Awards Banquet which was extraordinary to say the least... The Blues Brothers and “Rising Star” Comedian Alonzo Bodden! And this is surely just a taste of everything that took place! See the complete results on

8-Ball Women’s Intermediate Team: Answer That

May 26th - June 4th, 2011 at BALLY’S Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, Nevada If you weren’t’s a taste of what you missed. 5,000 excited pool league players from 32 States, 6 Canadian Provinces and 7 Other Countries competed. There were matches on nearly 300 Valley Pool Tables. Competition included 33 unique divisions including Artistic and Speed Pool and even a Dave Pearson Guinness Record attempt. There were players representing 160 VNEA Charter Holder Members. 3,000 players partied at our fabulous Team Opening Ceremonies which featured awesome fireworks and the sounds of “The CRUSH.” There was a 31 Year History Wall display and 2 Valley Home Pool Tables were given away throughout the event.

8-Ball Women’s Team Regular: Capri Collage

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AMATEUR POOL PLAYER HALL OF FAME The heart-pounding excitement of the Opening Ceremonies at the 31st Annual VNEA International Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada was the perfect setting for the induction of the newest members of the VNEA Hall of Fame.

8-Ball Open Team Regular: Almost Heroes

inductees. Receiving this prestigious honor, along with an exclusive Hall of Fame Jacket, Certificate and limited edition VNEA Hall of Fame Trading Card Set, were the following players: • Roger Anderson - Inglis Coin Machine (ID) • Bill Breuer Sr. - Tri Valley Vending (AK) • Barb Carr - SML Entertainment (Alberta) • Donavon Mickelson - C & N Sales (MN) • Mick Storey - BMW Billiards (CO)

8-Ball Women’s Team Masters: We’re Back!

With players gathered from all over the world and all of VNEA’s dignitaries in attendance, the stage was set for the introduction of the 2011 VNEA Amateur Pool Player Hall of Fame

8-Ball Sportsmen’s Team: Rookies

At the conclusion of the induction ceremonies, the new Hall of Fame members cordially mingled with admirers and signed autographs for those seeking keepsakes. The “2011 Class” brings the VNEA Hall of Fame Membership to 90 players. Our congratulations to these very special players.

VNEA Hall of Fame Inductee: Roger Anderson and wife Kim Anderson (HOF Member 2008)

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By Kelly Senior TAP, LLC Releases Another Upgrade thru Pool Net for Enhanced Player and Operator Functions ! Little River, SC, June 17th, 2011 - TAP Founder/CEO Loyd Schonter has done it again! Pool Net, a subsidiary of TAP LLC, just got some enhancements for the TAP Players and TAP Operators. Once again, free of charge, just as an extra bonus for being a member and part of the TAP family. Players can view stats and handicaps by going into their league/organization and division, standings can come up on not only desktops and laptops, but via smart phones, pads and tablets. Players can click on Games Won and sort the division by top to bottom or vice versa. Also, they can click on their team name and sort the team players by matches won. League Operators were given new communication tools to the players by division and / or to their entire league. Host Locations of TAP were not left out. Host locations can sponsor their team and can provide their logo and or team picture. Host locations can call their local operator or ask the captain to, to obtain more information. Providing Players, Operators and Host Locations more accessibility, marketing and communication tools thru Pool Net. Even better, these features are available through the Tournament Module that TAP introduced last year to all of it operators. TAP is continuing to grow, with almost 40 new licensees / organizations in the last year and a half; 3 new formats (10 Ball Team, Scotch Double and Singles) about to be released in September; and a management team that has grown to support it. TAP’s also developing the S.W.A.T. This new 8-ball and 9-ball singles tour will be launched September 2011, available to TAP members only. This self service tour will be tracked conveniently through the World Wide Web for the tour player. So challenge any S.W.A.T. Tour player in your state choose a location that works, send in your scores and accumulate your points to view on the S.W.A.T. Tour ranking page. Your TAP membership automatically covers the S.W.A.T. enrollment. Keep both eyes on this one as details are coming in on what's in it for you, the S.W.A.T. Tour State Champion. TAP Operations Director, Kelly Senior has stated, “These enhancements are only the beginning. If you think this is great, wait till you see what is coming next. We are urging all TAP players to get their logins and passwords to Pool Net, so they will be really happy they are a member of TAP with the new features and enhancements we are preparing to deliver. Loyd and the programming team have been working hard to come out with even more and it’s some innovative and ground breaking industry advancements.” Pool Net, will continue to empower the TAP Player. TAP Players are urged to obtain their login’s from their local operator and / or TAP Corporate office. The present player module, which was also released last year has a multitude of statistical information that players have access to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Don’t have TAP where you are? Interested in starting your own league? Call 1-800-984-7665 Ext. 2 to reach Sam Rullo TAP’s Sales Director and he will be more than happy to help you. Want more information about TAP? Check out our website, http://; Facebook Page - TAP, LLC Pools Amateur Tour and / or contact us, through our corporate office, at the Live Help desk, via email or IM. Join the countless others that have been checking us out. We look forward to hearing from you ! TAP ON !

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VNEA’s 21st Annual International Junior Pool Championships!

TEAM FINAL STANDINGS All winning participants received Savings Bond, 3 two-piece cues and trophies Youth Division (Ages 9-13) 1st Triple Trouble 2nd The Hookers 3rd 2 Kings And A Queen 4th Shooters-Diamonds 5-6 8-Ball Deluxe Anything Goes 7-8 We Love A Good Rack Shooters-Lights Out Minors Division (Ages 14-17) 1st The Boneheads 2nd Gas Bar Junkies 3rd Austin #1 4th VVSWolf Pack 5-6 Hard Shafts Young Guns 7-8 The Bankers The Terminators Majors Division (Ages 18-20) 1st Shooters-North 2nd Champion Style 3rd Shooters Hot Shots 4th PA Express 5-6 Top Shots #1 The Great Ones 7-8 Triple Black Checkers Modified MALE SINGLES All winning participants received Savings Bond and trophies Youth Division (Ages 9-13) 1st Manuel Perez 2nd Kenneth Greenwood 3rd Danny Dethlefs 4th Tristan Hansen 5-6 William Houle Spencer Medel 7-8 Nick Rappley Zachary Karsten

9-12 Jacob Elit Kenneth Buchanan Kameren McKamey Nicholas Ridley Minors Division (Ages 14-17) 1st Taylor Anderson 2nd Dillon Baptiste 3rd Tyler Steinhaus 4th John Houle 5-6 Kevin McGuire Kane Erickson 7-8 Taylor Axley Larry Simmons Jr. 9-12 Sam Meyers Scott Taylor Jarred Hunter Jarred Traverse Majors Division (Ages 18-20) 1st Cale Coffey 2nd Justin Himes 3rd Nathan Burpee 4th Michael Osmundson 5-6 Phillip-Nick Pera Jason Cook 7-8 Chase Plumley Nate Mindham 9-12 Cole Hoggart Nick Krueger Elliott Tesch Jesse Hill FEMALE SINGLES All winning participants received Savings Bond and trophies Youth Division (Ages 9-13) 1st Kayla Roloson 2nd Taylor Hansen 3rd Katlyn Sylvester 4th Ashley Fullerton Minors Division (Ages 14-17) 1st Denee Baptiste 2nd Chandra Campion 3rd Jaqueline Cassidy 4th Chayla Senff

Majors Team Champion: Shooters - North American Amusement Arcade

Majors Division (Ages 18-20) 1s Cathy Rennie 2nd Jastene Lovelace 3rd Kayla Axley 4th Ashley Schmidt

SCOTCH DOUBLES All winning participants received Cues or Cases Youth Division (Ages 9-13) 1st Stuart MacTaggart 2nd Brandon Vanoverbeke Minors Division (Ages 14-17) 1st Taylor Anderson 2nd AustenWarner Majors Division (Ages 18-20) 1st Buddy Skrutsky 2nd Cole Cameron TEAM HARDLUCK Youth Division (Ages 9-13) 1st Wagner’s Lunch #3 Minors Division (Ages 14-17) 1st The Pool Players Majors Division (Ages 18-20) 1st The Fugly Fairies TEAM UNIFORM AWARD Triple J’s Straight 8 Trio JERRY BRIESATH SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD Youth Division (Ages 9-13) Ethan Laughlin Minor Division (Ages 14-17) Lucky Stoddard Major Division (Ages 18-20) Keisha Roberts DICK HAWKINS 2011 “ALL-STAR TEAM” BOYS ALL-STAR TEAM Taylor Anderson Dillon Baptiste Nathan Burpee Danny Dethlefs Justin Himes

Minors Team Champion: The Boneheads D & R Star

John Houle Tyler Steinhaus GIRLS ALL-STAR TEAM Chandra Campion Taylor Hansen Jastene Lovelace Cathy Rennie TOM ROSSMAN ARTISTIC POOL RESULTS Youth Division (Ages 9-13) 1st Colben Christensen 2nd Brodie Bessette Minor Division (Ages 14-17) 1st Travis Schultz 2nd Jesse Henry Major Division (Ages 18-20) 1st William Hawks 2nd Ashton Rowley DAVE PEARSON SPEED POOL Youth Division (Ages 9-13) 1st Manny Perez Minor Division (Ages 14-17) 1st John Houle Major Division (Ages 18-20) 1st Justin Himes HIGHEST PLACING “ALL FEMALE TEAM” Youth Division (Ages 9-13) Shooters Diamonds Minor Division (Ages 14-17) Big D’s Pink Ladies Major Division (Ages 18-20) U Got Served HIGHEST PLACING “MIXED TEAM” Youth Division (Ages 9-13) 2 Kings And A Queen Minor Division (Ages 14-17) VVS Rack ‘n Roll Top Score Games Major Division (Ages 18-20) Top Shots #1

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Youth Team Champion: Triple Trouble C & N Sales

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Leaving Your Plateau By: Bob Jewett

San Francisco Billiard Academy Is your game stuck on a plateau that you can’t seem to rise above? Do you want to get better? Many players find themselves in this situation -- it is one of the most common discussions on internet pool forums. If you are thinking, “That’s me!” the following suggestions will help you to move up. All that’s required is that you put in the time with focus. About the “focus” part.... Pool halls are filled with people Bob Jewett who are just batting balls around without purpose or plan. If that describes how you spend your time, you’ll need to change if you want to improve. If you don’t feel you can commit at least three hours a week to this self-improvement project, then you may as well stop reading now. That’s OK too. Lots of people are happy enough with their present ability, and you can see lots of ball-batters who have been having fun at the same level for 20 years and will continue to have fun just where they are. Still here? Good. Here are seven 1 parts of the project. 1. Get a notebook. This is to keep track of your progress, record practice 2 drills, diagram shots, and use as a diary for events such as tournaments. A small spiral notebook that fits into your shirt pocket or cue case pocket is fine. I filled up a dozen of them when I was spending serious time learning the game. Lately I’ve scanned them to computer files for easier reference. 2. Practice shots you have trouble with. Note which shots are a problem in competition or Part 3 and find or figure Back-and-forth drill out drills that include them. An example How far? from my own learning process is in the diagram. A common play is to run How thin? a ball down the cushion and send the How many times across? cue ball straight across the table. You How many in a row? need to develop both aiming accuracy and speed control for this shot. Begin with an easy version such as the 1 ball where the distances are short. Can you send the cue ball to the shaded shape target 7 out of 10? How about when the distances are longer, as for the 2 ball? 3. Practice several different games. Straight pool (14.1) is easy to keep score at so you can track your progress in terms of balls per turn. At 8 ball or 9 ball note how many balls you make taking ball in hand after the break. Advanced players can try the same at one pocket -- how many balls can you score in five racks after a smash break? 4. Get lessons. Go into the lesson with specific things you hope to fix. Ask questions if you don’t understand something. Lessons with video analysis are particularly good for finding and fixing flaws in your fundamentals because you cannot see yourself. 5. Watch better players maybe on internet videos. Even better is to attend tournaments, the higher the level the better. You can pick up a lot of info hanging around where the top players are swapping shots and stories. Remember to use your notebook. 6. Read books about pool. You need information and good pool books are dense with it. Look for Byrne, Capelle, Fels, Martin, Alciatore, and others. Sift out the points that help your game -- no book is perfect. Lots of instructional videos are available with some free clips on YouTube. 7. Compete. Most players are motivated by both the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” Again, note shots that you have trouble with and amazing shots your opponents make. There’s the plan. The hard and fun part is ahead of you. Focus. Please let me know how it goes. REJ

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Trick Shots by Sarge By Ken “Sarge” Aylesworth

THE PASSING LANE SHOT (reprinted from September Issue 2003)

This month’s Artistic Pool Shot is from the Masse Discipline and has a Degree of Difficulty (D.O.D.) of 8. Object ball letter coincides with corresponding pocket letter. This skill shot is one of the most talked about shots form ESPN’s Trick Shot Magic. I was stationed at Davis Monthan Air Force Base the first time I heard about this shot. It was in the mid 70’s. The way it was shown to me, the set up looked wrong for this shot to have any chance of being made. I thought the show Ken “Sarge” Aylesworth was impossible. I didn’t pay any attention to the shot until I saw it again in Nick Varner’s book. It still looked wrong in the diagram, so I called Nick and asked him how the shot was executed. He told me and I realized that the cue ball and object ball had to be farther away from the rail. Well through trail and error on my Gold Crown One, I finally figured the shot out. I would have to say I have well over 350 hours of practice and execution time during exhibitions in this one shot. This is my wife’s favorite shot. Let’s take a good look at this shot and give you some knowledge you may not have. This shot looks like it defies physics! This skill shot is a half masse. The set up for this shot is critical! You may put the cue ball and object ball F anywhere within the noted 1 x 1 square as shown in the diagram. The cue ball and F ball are froze together. If they aren’t froze together the shot WILL NOT work! I’m going to reveal where I put the cue ball for my setup. I put the cue ball 1 ½ ball spaces from the head rail and 1 ½ ball spaces from the long rail. Now with the cue ball tapped lightly into the cloth I

freeze the object ball to the cue ball. The line of centers between the cue ball and object ball are pointed to the right of pocket F, at the long rail by pocket F. If you extended the line of centers through the rail it would point at about ¾ to 1 diamond up from pocket F. Why is this aligned so far to the right? It is aligned so far to the right because you have the full length of the table in which the object ball will throw to the left before it gets to pocket F, (contact induced throw) caused by friction. The aiming area for the cue ball is shown in the diagram. Seeing this shot is a half masse the butt end of your cue is usually 45 degrees or less. Mine is usually less. You will be cueing the cue ball at about 2 o’clock for the masse effect to work on the cue ball. You don’t hit this shot with a lot of power. This shot is usually performed with a moderate to medium hard stroke. The objective of the shot is to shoot the cue ball into F ball with a half masse. The cue ball will go around F ball as it travels down table toward pocket F. The cue ball will be made first in F pocket and the F ball will be made in the same pocket. You will need to make adjustments with aim and alignment of balls depending on where the object ball goes. I know some of you are laughing already. This is a great skill shot, and I would like to comment that I think George Middleditch executes the shot better than anyone when he was giving exhibitions. You MUST get the OWNER’S PERMISSION to try this shot on their tables. Good luck and I hope you make the shot.

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The Pool Players Magazine in the Midwest features the results from the Fargo Summer Shootout, M8/UPL Leagues, VNEA Nationals & Jr Nationals...