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Will this training program correct flaws I have carried for many years? 

That is a good question. My material is what corrects any flaws you might have. If the cue ball does not go where it is supposed to go it can be traced to poor mechanics, poor timing or just plain poor aiming.  In one lesson you need to deliver the right stroke and be standing in the right place.  You do the lesson over and over until you have gained the skills. It is the most  powerful honest approach to training anywhere in this game today. 

The Monk 101

Meet Chuck Davis from Ohio. He went through the training, then drove up to Michigan to attend a special workshop with The Monk and is going through the program a second time. He is at the 17th level. Feel free to message him on FB for any information you want to know about the program. Mr Davis is a member of the Wolf Pack.

After three level you will see such an improvement you will be beating players who beat you


Meet Toney Bingham who went through the program, then traveled to Iowa for a special workshop with The Monk Then he got inspired and is going through a second time. He is nearing the end. Toney is a member of the Wolf Pack. If you would like to message him he is on FB 

Meet Dominic Colenero who came into the program as a 4 in the APA

When he completed it he won top gun in Chicago several times. He is a Master MONK 101 instructor who gives lessons in his own studio. You can look him up on FB and ask what he thinks of the program. 

Dominic attended a workshop at the University of IL. with The Monk in Chicago.   Then went to another workshop in Minneapolis, then went to AZ for one more workshop. Then he spent two years working his way through the MONK 101 training program. 

Win more game!

Meet Jeff Hall. He flew to Manila to attend the 21 days with The Monk training and is currently working through the MONK 101 training program. I normally give a day or two off from the training for a picnic or a tour around the Island. Jeff did not take one day off. He is a tireless worker. Contact Jeff for more info on what it is like to work with The Monk. Right now he is at Level eight in the program. 

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Grand Final Exam 

1. You must have a clear picture of where you want to go in this game

2. You must have the ability to trust your coach and do all the assignments

3. Be willing to take as long as it takes to reach the top.

4. You must complete the MONK 101 and pass the Grand Final Exam. May take a year or more to do all the work.

 You don't have to choke anymore

Many players are winning matches and tournaments after just three levels of five lessons. 

You can log on and take one lesson, perfect it and make it yours. There is no rush. You are a lifetime member.

Many thoughts go through your head when you choke and they are not pleasant. You begin to wonder about your own self-worth because after so many repeated experience you come to the understanding that you not only choke, but you are a choker.

I was the king of all chokers. I ran racks only to self-destruct on the eight ball. Many times I would still win because the other guy would miss. However it was a lonely feeling when I lined up for the eight ball.


I found a remedy for choking. We all know it is in the stroke. For some reason we deliver a "choke stroke". So I lined up the shot and then closed my eyes and delivered a smooth stroke. Bang, the eight ball raced into the pocket. For a long time I shot the money balls with my eyes closed.


You will stop choking when you know exactly what to do on the shot your face. When you know the shot, your focus increases with intensity and you are not distracted by other things going on.


I made the eight and was faced with a tough shot on the nine. A guy jumped down from the bleachers and went to the pocket I was going to use. He moved around, and did everything he could to distract me. I stopped and said, “You can do whatever you want. It is not going to keep me from making the nine.” I was trained. I knew the shot, I knew the stroke and all that was left was to shoot the shot. On that shot, I did not think about making it or missing it. I simply trusted my training.


If you want to stop choking you must be trained to recognize each shot for what it is. In The MONK 101 Training I had mastered over three hundred shots. They come up In all games. So when I face one, I think of my training. Not only am I trained to make the shot, I am trained to deliver the stroke the shot calls for.

It is nothing for us to go take lessons and pay two hundred dollars. We hope this will cure our choking problem. For two hundred dollars you can master over three hundred shots and build the character to handle pressure. Training is what cures a choking problem. 


Join me in The Monk 101 Training. Build the skills that serves you with the game is on the line.

Dr Ron Soodun, from the country of Maritus, came to the Philippines to study with The Monk for 21 days We did take two days off to visit the ocean and rivers. He is an amazing student. Tireless in his quest to master this game.. He was an amazing teacher when he came here. I learned a lot of old techniques his grand father taught him. If you have any questions about the program, contact him on FB. He will be happy to help you

Dr Ron's grandfather taught him this trick when he was a young boy. It helps you stabilize your shooting arm. I really had a hard time with it but gave it a good chance and it has helped me a great  deal. Sad to say, many players will not give this a chance. I hope you are not one of them. If you desire a strong solid stroke, do the catch, carry and throw. For a long time I would do it before my warm up. For the longest time I could not make one ball. My alignment was weak. So i continued until i get in line and began to pocket balls. 

If you want to be part of an elite team, The Wolf Pack let The Monk know and you can begin this special training with The Monk.Email The Monk and let him set you up for training with The Monk. It is the same price as the membership and when you graduate, you will be able to travel with the team and receive the rewords. 

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Sample of the Monk Sequence of breathing


1st. Stand in front of the shot. To connect to the shot breathe in through your mouth and let it out through your mouth MM. This has everything to do with aligning the brain with what you what you are about to do. It centers the body creates good balance. We are going to let our brain direct our stroke.

 2nd. Go down and land on the cue ball, breathe in through your mouth and out through your nose. MN. This connects the left side of your body, your bridge arm shoulder and elbow. Place your cue tip

and feel the alignment. Feel the left side of your

body in line with the shot.


3rd. Then set your cue tip and look at your aiming

point. Breathe in through your nose and out through

your nose NN See the shot clearly.  Connect a spot

in the center of your chest to the aiming point on

the OB. Feel the speed from this center.


4th. Then study the aiming point and breathe in

through your nose and out through your mouth.

This shifts focus to the target ball point of contact. 

NM.  This connects your shooting arm and grip to

the shot. You should feel the exact line from your

grip and the center of your chest.  


5th Breathe slowly into your mouth and at a comfortable point you will deliver the stroke. MM


6th   Breathe NN at the end and stay down to watch the ball into the pocket.


Be faithful to this training. It took me a while. I am about 80% complete. It really helps on pressure shots in a game. Here are your four shots.

The Wolf Pack 

Sample lesson from the 100 lessons in the MONK101 Training program 

As in all MONK 101 lessons you work  skill development. The shot on the three will give you stroke and cue ball speed. The shot you have on the nine ball call into play your ability to play for the lowest numbered ball. You will see you skills come alive when you do this three times in a row. On your third try you will master self. 

 Sample Lesson

This is a lesson from The MONK101 Training. There are over one hundred lessons for you to raise your skill level.

Pocket the three ball and play position for the nine in the corner as indicated Make the nine and play position for the lowest numbered ball.  Reset your shot on the three, set up the nine again and play position for the nine so you can play position for the lowest numbered ball. Do the same with the one remaining ball. 

Distribution of force 

There are three types of shots. First is the straight in shot. Second is the right cut shot. Third is the left cut shot. The right and left are the same except the object ball moves in opposite direction upon contact with the cue ball.


In this discussion we are talking about shots where the cue ball moves directly to the object ball. Not a kick shot, although the same principles apply but must be looked at from the point on the rail that the cue ball leaves.


Bank shot are included, but the target is a point on a rail instead of a pocket. Like wise for carom shots.


There are three forces that affect the cue ball when you shoot. First gravity holds the ball to the table. Second is the power force. That is how hard you hit the cue ball.

The third force is the spin force. Spin is applied and acquired. Where your tip contacts the cue ball and the angle of the force determines the applied spin. Acquired spin comes from friction of the ball moving over the table and contact with other balls and rails.


The force that I are talking about is the power force. How hard you hit the ball.

How hard you hit the cue ball and the angle of contact will determine how far it will go on its path after it contacts the object ball.


The angle of contact can vary from zero to ninety degrees. Zero is a straight in shot and ninety degrees just barely contact the object ball. Any greater than ninety will be a miss.


I have normalized the angle of contact into four points. Zero, one quarter, one half, and three quarters. This means when you look at a cut shot you have only three points to decide upon. ¼, ½, ¾.


Most of the shots you will make will be one of four shots. Of course there is the straight in shot. On the straight in shot the force distribution is 100% of the power force from the cue ball to the object ball. If you shoot a straight in shot with a 225 inch speed ( that is the force needed to make the cue ball to move 225 inches before it exhausts all the applied force) and the distance between the cue ball and the object ball is two diamond spaces the object ball will move 200 inches before coming to a stop. Two diamond spaces equal 25 inches. If you hit the cue ball at the spherical center with a level cue the cue ball should move forward after contact about 1 diamond space due to the acquired follow from the friction of the table.


The cut shots


¾ ball hit

If the cut angle is about 15 degrees the force that will be passed from the cue ball to the object ball will be about 75%. That will leave about 25% with the cue ball. Therefore the cue ball will retain a power force of 25% of the speed at the point of contact to the object ball. If the shot speed is 225 inches and the distance between the cue ball and the object ball is 2 diamond spaces the object ball will travel 150 inches and the cue ball will travel 50 inches.


½ ball hit

If the cut angle is 30 degrees the force that will pass from the cue ball to the object ball will be about 50%. That will leave about 50% with the cue ball. Therefore the cue ball will retain a power force of 50% of the speed at point of contact to the object ball.

If the shot speed is 225 inches and the distance between the cue ball and the object ball is 2 diamond spaces the object ball will travel 100 inches and the cue ball will travel 100 inches. You will find the half ball shot will occurs about 60% of the time. That is why it is called the king of shots. You can easily tell if it is a half ball shot, it you aim point through the cue ball is to the edge of the object ball it is a half ball shot.


¼ ball hit  

If the cut angle is about 45 degrees the force that will be passed from the cue ball to the object ball will be about 25%. That will leave about 75% with the cue ball. Therefore the cue ball will retain a power force of 75% of the speed at the point of contact to the object ball. If the shot speed is 225 inches and the distance between the cue ball and the object ball is 2 diamond spaces the object ball will travel 50 inches and the cue ball will travel 150 inches.


The easy way

When you line up on your shot, first look to see if it is a half ball shot. If not is the aim through the center of the cue ball inside the edge of the object ball or outside the edge of the object ball. This is the easiest way to determine the distribution of force.



This is not an exact system but it is good enough and will help you on your way to play like a pro. The better you are in controlling the speed you shoot, the more accurate you can put the cue ball where you want it to end up.

Howard Smith is a Monk 101 Master instructor with many years of experience. He is in the Charlotte NC area. Give him a call if you want professional training. 

He also makes a first class custom cue called The Wolf 

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Part two of the stance 

RON’S Q TIPS Ron Soodun. Certified Master Instructor


The danger that I encounter on a regular basis is several novices are aware that they should “stay still” or “not lift their head” etc. As a result, they try really hard to achieve what would happen naturally if the correct stance was used. Put simply, if you have the correct stance for the shot at hand, not jumping or raising the head etc happens automatically. You should not have to force these.


The most common reason for the head pop/ lift is the weight balance on follow through. One of the ways to fix this issue is by moving the back foot a little bit further back; shifting the weight of the body forward, this will automatically stick the player’s chin on the cue.


In the past few years, I have developed a keen interest in English pool. Much like in American pool, there is also a game called 8 ball. The rules are different but there are some similarities or techniques that can be adopted from one style to another.


The 3 most prominent key factors that make the game environment different are: 1. The playing surface. (American Pool is played on napless cloth while English pool & snooker is played on a napped surface). This is key because the napped cloth is slower and a player can “hug the nap” to hold a ball for position. In American pool, while it is possible to “hold a ball” for position, the angle range is much smaller due to the speedy napless surface.


2. Cue ball size and weight The cue ball in American pool, snooker and Chinese 8 Ball are the equal size and weight as the object balls. In English pool however, the cue ball is smaller and lighter than the object balls. As a result, the natural angle of the rolling cue ball is the preferred technique used for cue ball positioning rather than the sliding cue ball benchmark used in the napless games.


3. Cues. Snooker and English pool are played with conical tapered cues while American pool has adopted the “pro taper”. This means that Snooker and English pool mostly use the open bridge while a pro-tapered American pool cue allow a player to shift between an open or closed bridge without affecting stroke flow.


While there are other factors that make the games distinctively different from each other, it is important for the serious player to know these keys when designing their stances. Depending on how far a player wishes to go in the disciplines, one may choose to have the same approach for all games. While this may be versatile, it is certainly not efficient. As such each game has a distinctive “base stroke” that is used mostly throughout the game with the added “cue actions” such as punch, follow, draw etc for the desired outcome. The base stroke is performed at the specific table speed (2-7-2); which is different for each table. The base stroke however in American pool is much “looser” than in snooker or English pool. 


The techniques for delivering action such as draw on a 12 foot snooker table with a napped cloth is very different than on a napless American pool cloth. English pool is yet another ball game where a stance that caters for an elevated cue is mandatory since there will be balls in the way for a run out in a much smaller environment than a snooker table. Hence while it is possible to use “the same stance” for the various cue sports, the level of efficiency decreases due to: 1. Napped or napless surface 2. Cue elevation (Bridging over balls, swerving, playing from the cushion) 3. Base stroke 4. Type of action delivery.


(e.g, The slip stroke is not used in snooker or English Pool as it is a type of stroke that promotes the sliding cue ball approach. It has been one of the most efficient strokes used by Willie Mosconi and most of the Filipino players including Efren Reyes) Action delivery when using the slip stroke is completely different than when playing snooker. Summary: Each cue sport has its own favorable/efficient base stroke.


Various shot addresses require slight stroke variations and since stroke determines stance, the latter should vary to hold the correct stroke from address to delivery. The primary purpose of the stance is to provide a reliable base to deliver an effective stroke. Every body is different and serious players should consider building respective stance for their specific body type, joint type, eye dominance/vision center. Please do not hesitate to contact me on Facebook if you would like assistance in creating your stance ideal for your body type, natural joint angles, height, eye dominance (vision center), reach etc.

Contact Monk 101 Master instructor on FB  Ron Soodun with any questions or concerns you may have. 

The Inner game study

                 by The Monk 

Sharking and how it effects our performance

Sharking will be a part of the game for as long as you play so it becomes a matter of how you handle it when you are sharked, and how you shark others.

Sharking can only work when your opponent gets your attention. Most sharks know the best time to interfere. Timing is everything. It is not what they say or do, it is how they get your attention.

Within a shot is a sequence. Great shooters go through specific steps before they pull the trigger. If an opponent can interfere with those steps, he will upset the perfect stroke.

A stroke is not a perfect stroke if your mind is not on the shot.

You are in the first step of your pre shot routine which is connecting to the shot. He asked you, “What kind of tip do you use”. You know this is a sharking technique yet you answer him. The moment you respond, you have just sabotaged a perfect stroke. Far better to ignore him. He is sharking you. He does not deserve your response.

There are times when you don’t respond and that becomes a sharing technique in itself. His attempt to shark you has just backfired.

If you have been well trained as in the MONK 101 program, you will stay with the sequence and nothing will interfere with your perfect stroke, because that is all that matters to you. You are fully intent on your pre shot routine. Your intentions are what drive you.

It does not matter if someone is standing in your line of flight. I had a guy at the corner pocket flipping the rack back and forth as I prepared to shoot the nine ball. I was faced with a choice to notice him or focus on my shot. At the same time a guy was standing right next to me as I landed on the table for my set up who was yelling to someone out in the parking lot. He was not speaking English. His voice was loud and annoying. I stayed focus as is my MONK 101 training and delivered the nine ball into the corner pocket. I checked to see who my friend was talking to in the parking lot and there was no one there. He was trying to distract me.

How was it I maintained such concentration during the distraction? In the MONK 101 we are trained in the art of the stroke relative to the pre shot routine. So nothing mattered to me but going through the sequence and each step brought my concentration into a sharper focus. By the time it came to shooting the shot, nothing else mattered but the task at hand.

There can only be distraction when you allow it.


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