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Old 01-26-2017, 09:41 AM   #1
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Need advice on improving a teammate

I recently got back into shooting league on Wednesdays (APA 8ball). Most of the players on the team I've played with before/against in the past. One player though is fairly new. He has a level 2 skill level and is pretty much guaranteed to stay there due to a physical handicap. This is where I need some advice.

He has a lazy left eye (not his strong eye at least) and it makes it difficult for him to aim. He actually thinks about his shots and gets strategies but he rarely can run more than two balls in at a time. Last night he whiffed on some easy corner pocket shots that could have given him a rare win against a weak level 3 player.

Has anyone dealt with someone similar or have some ideas as to what can be done to improve his aim, even if just a little? We've actually suggested an eye patch which would throw off depth perception but with some practice might improve accuracy but I don't think he's all that interested in it. He does have some major form/stroke issues that need to be addressed but I can work on that with him. I just have no idea what else to try for aiming. Any help is greatly appreciated!

FYI, I probably won't see him until next week's match so any suggestions won't be used until then.
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Old 01-26-2017, 04:53 PM   #2
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Re: Need advice on improving a teammate

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He does have some major form/stroke issues that need to be addressed but I can work on that with him. I just have no idea what else to try for aiming.
If his eye really does affect his ability to aim then he needs to close it when he shoots and just practice it that way. However, I doubt this is the case. The part I quoted is more likely the culprit.

If you can set up 20 balls in a row from the same spot and he can shoot them into a corner pocket from the length of the table without hitting a rail at medium or slower speed, then it's not his eye. I mean shooting a ball straight into the pocket without using a cue ball.

I think he just needs practice to get consistent. A straight stroke is probably what he needs. That and practice with aim.
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Old 01-26-2017, 11:09 PM   #3
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Re: Need advice on improving a teammate

Hopefully that's all the problem is. When I get a chance to work with him we'll find out.
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Old 02-01-2017, 03:41 AM   #4
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Re: Need advice on improving a teammate

needs to practice stroking in a straight line. have him use the rail and line up along the split between the wood and cushion. needs to practice until he can keep his cue stick straight along it.

then have him it straight in short shots of just a few feet. until he can stop his cue bll and never misss one then increase the distance and do the same until he can hit the cue ball straight into another ball and make it.

then add in some follow and draw.
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