Recent content by Bob Jewett

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    Billiards Digest 1999-2011

    That's a great deal, but I already have those years. I think the cheapest way to ship that many magazines is the Priority Mail flat-rate medium box. You can get about 30 into each box and BD is just the right size to fill the box. Make sure you use strapping tape in all three directions --...
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    Fred Whalen?

    The link above to the series in the LA Times seems to be broken. You can find the stories by searching on the LA Times site, but you may have to subscribe depending on the links you follow. The stories seem to also be available on the amazing website Here is the installment in the...
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    why is this a foul? (can salim vs. sky woodward)

    It is difficult, but can be learned. It requires continued practice or the ability goes away. There are several techniques that work. With the balls a half-inch apart it's possible to bank a ball the long way without a foul (straight shot, level cue). The skill is absolutely standard for good...
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    "Spot Shot" NO rail!

    Considering the tremendous popular support, here it is again:
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    "Spot Shot" NO rail!

    I posted the 14.1 by mistake and then changed it to the spot shot video. Now I can't find the video. It was pretty good.
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    "Spot Shot" NO rail!

    Not from a member, but... And here is Corey doing the masse thing (16:40 in):
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    "Spot Shot" NO rail!

    This shot came up a while ago on AZB. It is very hard to play it as a slow roller because your arm knows that's a bad thing to do. I managed to leave the cue ball about 8 inches from the foot rail on my best try. Standard GC3 with medium-worn Simonis and large pockets. But if you are going to...
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    Walt Harris -- Billiard Atlases for sale

    I have a bunch of extra copies of the Billiard Atlas by Walt Harris. He produced four volumes. They are mostly diamond systems. Some of the systems have just enough info to get you started. Some others are covered quite extensively. About 100 different systems are covered in the four volumes...
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    Mike D knows what's up with multi rail banks

    For both the Vernon Elliott bank and cutting the OB off the spot from the jaws of your opponent's pocket, the first step is to use much more sidespin than the vast majority of pool players ever use. It does not take any special talent or stroke. An APA 4 asked me about the spot-cut and I had him...
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    Mike D knows what's up with multi rail banks

    And I was not actually doing that shot to be recorded. I was just fooling around on the 14.1 challenge table at DCC and the camera happened to be on because we were recording all of the runs. David Sapolis who processed the video for commenting later happened to find the shot. I guess he cut out...
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    Mike D knows what's up with multi rail banks

    The cushions compress a lot more than you might think. The cue ball on a hard shot goes into the cushion nearly half an inch. Some people swear up and down there's a double kiss, but it's clear there is no kiss on the video. The object ball is thrown backwards by the huge outside spin and then...
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    Mike D knows what's up with multi rail banks

    Joe Tucker was experimenting with his laser alignment thingie and happened to try Vernon's bank. It worked pretty well. I think shooting into the rail probably gets extra spin on the cue ball, which helps. Joe had no choice but to shoot into the rail because if the tool is on the rail you can't...
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    AZ Layout...whadah yah shoot? Your pocket is too your right your shot. Thx III

    For what it's worth, here is my first attempt to get the shot into Virtual Pool. I think this makes it easier to see clearances and angles rather than try to figure that out from the single angled camera shot. Also shown is what happens if you try to bank the four and don't quite have enough...
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    Official Rules Poll revised

    Because they did not know how to write clearly. Technical writing is not easy. If you read through the rest of the rule book you will see lots of problems. It got worse over time. Some rules were given in three different ways in three different places. Some rules said the opposite of what was...
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    Billiard News 1968

    On AZBilliards there is the "Goldmine" on the front page (not in the forums) which includes scans of the National Billiard News going back to 1964. Here is the listing of copies for 1968.