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The Billiards Handicap

It’s important to know how to find your billiards handicap. The Pool leagues of America features a handicap system that takes a number of factors into consideration when they calculate a player skill level. All gameplay data about you is calculated and run through a series of formulas to determine your handicap. There is no subjective judgment involved when calculating your performance. You will need to know what your handicap is, especially if you plan on competing. Remember also, that a league operator will be able to override an automatic handicapping, even though this is very rare. Past and present activity is taken into consideration when calculating your billiards handicap. You want to use your good scores when calculating because it will lead to stability. When you use your best scores, it also eliminates matches where the playing conditions were not very good or you were simply having a bad night. When you are ready to calculate your billiards handicap, you will need to bring your best 10 scores into your local league office. From there, someone will enter all of the statistics into a computer and provide you with The Equalizer scoring that you are looking for. Weekly score sheets, win/loss records and much more will be required and your local league office will tell you everything that they need in order to calculate your handicap. The Billiards handicap is a formula created which is similar to the bowling or golf handicap. In all sports is important to understand where you stand with competitors. Other games such as poker, bingo games and chess don't utilize a similar system but do have different ways to gauge skill level such as bet limits etc. When it comes to improving your billiards game, it’s important to make sure that the games are being recorded so that it can also improve your handicap. Even if you lose one game, it is not likely to affect your handicap simply because the best games are used in these calculations.

Tips for Improving Your Pool Game

There are many tips available to you that can help you improve your billiards handicap and your game. One of the most important things that you can do is improve your stance for shooting. Many will tell you that it’s important to line up your hand or cue. However, if you want a smoother body movement, you need to assume your shooting stance with your chin. When you do this everything else will fall into place automatically. If you put your hand on the felt first, it may result in an awkward and uncoordinated lineup to the shot. Another thing that you can do is to chalk up before each and every shot, unless you are using one of the more recently develop line of chalk which work so well, they recommend that you not chalk after every shot for fear of caking and resulting miscues.  So the best advice is just be aware . There is a reason that there is always chalk around a pool table. Make sure that you chalk properly. When you are ready to chalk your cue, it is the chalk that should move around, not the cue. When you apply chalk properly, it can prevent slippage so that the Q-tip makes contact with the cue ball properly by increasing the friction. It will also help you with cue ball control, helping you to apply an English and much more.

Also check out this free video lesson from pool great C.J.Wiley

World Champion CJ Wiley leads you through a step by step process of how he strategically thinks and plays to run all 15 Balls in numeric (consecutive) order. This is a very demanding practice drill, however, with his systematic approach using the TOUCH OF INSIDE SYSTEM (learn more at www.cjwiley.com) all the shots take on a similarity of shooting the same shot (same speed-shot angle-cue ball target) no matter what the situation.




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