A Billiards Coach On Your Phone

While you can just about get an app for anything these days here is a fun one for all of us billiards loving fans. We all know Alison Fisher is one of the best pool players in the world but how many of you ever thought you could get lessons from her? A raise of hands…. no, no one. Well lucky for you she has gladly agreed to hop into your iPhone. Ok it’s not really her but it’s as close as most of us will probably get.

This world champion was chosen to be the pocket coach for pool and cue sports. Overall the app is for sports training but you can hit the feature that does one-on-one training from legendary coaches like Fisher.

The app is called Get in the Game is available at the App store for your iPhone.


Ideas For A Game Room

I saw this great article that PoolTables.com posted up on Twitter about ideas for a game room and it really got me thinking. What are some of the best ways to set up a game room or recreational room. Of course the first idea was to put a pool table in the room ( my first idea as well). However, if you don’t have an extra room or the space to bring in a full size pool table try turning your dinning room into the next game room. Utilize your space by adding a tabletop kit where you can use the room for multiple purposes. It’s a great way to make the most with the space you have. Of course if you have that great table you can always use it for some great card games including poker, texas hold ’em which are always crowd pleasers. ┬áThe garage is also a space that can be used as a game room. With a few clean up tips and remodeling for different seasons the garage could be the next best hang out spot.

Of course if you do plan on adding a pool table to your game room make sure it functions first. Check the dimensions of the room with the dimensions of the pool table (here is an article that will help you make sure it fits). Make sure the space is a good place that will allow for traffic flow between games. Don’t forget about seating some of the most fun I have had is watching pool. Invest in storage and accessories to keep the room neat and organized.

10 Things Every Beginning Pool Player Should Know

1. Always Be Ready To Learn
Just because someone may be less experienced or ranked lower than you doesn’t mean they can’t teach you a thing or two. You can find inspiration and knowledge from just about anyone. Maybe they made an awesome shot you want to try and duplicate later or maybe they have a certain strategy you want to try out for yourself. There is no harm in asking them questions (of course wait until after you are done playing them as an opponent).

2. Stay Down On Your Shots
Players who have been around pool for long enough have no doubt heard this bit of advice. If you take that one step further you should also keep your head down, stay in the moment and follow through on your shots.

3. Have A Pre-Shot Routine
A player wants to find consistency in their game and a great way to achieve this is by creating a routine. If you practice something for long enough you can make it a habit and help improve your game. Try and do the same things every time before you take a shot, you might be surprised the effect it has on your game.

4. Work on Fundamentals
This is true for anything going back to the basics is always a great way to refresh and understand a game from its very core. In pool work on your stance, bridge, and stroke because each one of those will influence every shot you take.

5. Take Notes
If you really want to improve write down notes of shots you missed and why during your practice round and during matches. This way you can have a great list of things you need to work on during your next solo practice round.

6. Be A Good Sport
Nobody likes a sore looser or someone who brags about all their wins. There is nothing wrong with being proud about winning but don’t go overboard try and be considerate of your opponent.

7. Work on Speed Control and Play For Longer Shape
Proper use of cue ball speed can make up for other weaknesses in your game. Understand how the cue ball will come off the object ball or exactly how the cue ball will come off the rail. With good speed you can allow you to run the cue ball farther around the table and land in more forgiving part of the landing zone.

8. Follow Through
Similar to keeping your head down on shots you also want to keep it still. So try and condition your pre shot routine so that you can follow through with a smooth stroke and keep your head still.

9. Always Think Three Balls Ahead
Every shot know what your next moves will be.

10. Play Your Best
If you put your best effort forward then you can’t be mad at yourself for trying. If you don’t put 100% into your game don’t expect to get 100% out of it, playing lazy can get you frustrated but if you understand that your playing subpar and own up to it you won’t get as frustrated.

The Things You Learn About The Game You Love

It’s always fun reading interesting facts about the game you love. Recently I ran across this article about the Fun Facts About Billiards, which obviously is my favorite game. There are some really great tid bits here I didn’t even know. For example did you know that John Quincy Adams was the 1st president to put a pool table into the white house? and on a lighter note he also owned a pet alligator…the crazy things a president will own in a white house. Another fact you might not know about pool is that in 1765 A.D. the 1st billiard room was built in England. They played One-pocket a game which only involved shockingly one pocket and 4 balls.