One Pocket is not typically a game people play early in their pool careers, so when they come to it they already have a knowledge of the pool basics; fundamentals, pocketing skills, position play and the like.
I’m going to assume that you too are like this, new to the game but not to pool. That you’re looking for a solid grounding with some of the most important one pocket skills without rehashing what you already know.
5 Main Focus Points
Defense, Defense, Defense
Never leave an open shot for your opponent if you can at all help it. Cue ball control over everything else.
Make Your Opponent Play Defense
If he is always shooting at his hole and you are always playing defense, who do you think is the favorite to win. You must regain control by moving a ball close to your hole when playing safe to turn the tables. And this is a great lead-in to our next focus point:
Do more than 1 thing every shot
Don’t just play safe, play lock-up
Learn to love torturing your opponent
5 Critical Skill Areas
Short Rail Banking
Caroming the Cue Ball to a Target
Seeing Balls in the Rack
5 Highly Valuable Drills to Up Your Game
Inside english banks
Speed Control (rolling cue ball to opponents side rail)
Drawing under another ball
Avoiding collisions when running
5 Things to Avoid
Leaving a ball in your opponent’s pocket
Focusing only on the CB or OB
Poor Offense/Defense Tradeoffs You don’t want to take a shot that leads nowhere if missing it could lead to a big opportunity for your opponent.
The Big Mistake One example, breaking open the cluster because the balls will probably move toward your hole.
5 Sources for More Info on One Pocket
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