Ask The Viper

Melissa Little

 

Melissa “The Viper” Little has been a WPBA Touring Professional for over 10-years, she has represented the USA in Four WPA World Championships and has over 20 top-10 WPBA career finishes. Melissa is currently the house-pro at the Wynkoop Brewing Company located in Downtown Denver. She teaches monthly clinics, gives private lessons, and has created a juniors program that promotes billiards education to the local youth. For more information about Melissa please visit: www.melissalittle.com


Question:

I’ve heard of using the diamond system when lining up for a kick shot, but I still struggle with consistently getting a good hit when having to kick at a ball.

Do you have a “system” that you use?

 

Answer:

Mirror Image System

I use the mirror image system-

So, in kicking shots, if the cue ball and object ball are parallel then all you have to do is divide the distance in half. In the above example, I am showing you that the corner pocket to the center diamond goes to the side pocket and the same on the long rail. So as long as the object balls are parallel then all you need to do is divide the distance between the cue ball/object ball in half, aim, and stroke the cue ball with center and hit with medium speed.

 

 

Now, in this example above you will notice that the cue ball and object are NOT parallel – so now you must calculate the point of contact.

A. Draw a line from the object ball to the rail and add the same amount of distance outward

B. Draw a line to/from the outward point to the cue ball

C. Where the rail intersects with the B line then that is the point of contact with the cue ball

D. So basically, you are creating an isosceles triangle – An isosceles triangle is a triangle with (at least) two equal sides

You can learn more about these kinds of topics at my next Open Clinic at the Wynkoop – scheduled for Saturday, March 26th, 2011 to sign up please call me at 720-296-5395 Best of luck to you,  Viper

If you have a question for “The Viper” please e-mail them to Melissa Little at Melissa@melissalittle.com

Ask The Viper

Melissa Little

Melissa “The Viper” Little has been a WPBA Touring Professional for over 10-years, she has represented the USA in Four WPA World Championships, is the current USA Bar Table Champion for 8-Ball and 9-Ball and has over 20 top-10 WPBA career finishes. Melissa is the house-pro at the Wynkoop Brewing Company located in Downtown Denver and is sponsored by The Wynkoop, Jacoby Custom Cues and The Colorado Cue Times. She teaches monthly clinics, gives private lessons, and has created a juniors program that promotes billiards education to the local youth. For more information about Melissa please visit: www.melissalittle.com

Question:

“I’ve got a job that keeps me really busy and I only get to play pool in a league once a week. So when it’s time for me to play, my nerves are on high and I just need to settle down. What’s your opinion of having a couple beers beforehand?”

Answer:

So funny that you ask that question, because a lot of people believe that the nervousness of competition should promote the use of alcohol. I really DON’T think people should drink before or during pool matches. But, afterward is another story.

If you drink all the time then maybe you’re used to adding alcohol to your pressure situations. But in the long run it will hurt your game

Realize, that feeling pressure is a good thing and it means that you’re alive. Everyone feels pressure and it is essential that people learn to deal with pressure situations sober. There are plenty of resources that teach sports athletes how to manage pressure.

Players need to realize that pool is a sport and not just a game. You would never see Michael Phelps drink beer/ shots just before jumping into the swimming pool? The more players that take this sport seriously the better chance we have to becoming a nationally recognized sport.

So celebrate your victories or despairs afterward- not before or during competitions

Best of luck to you, Viper

If you have a question for “The Viper” please e-mail them to Melissa Little at Melissa@melissalittle.com