Every player wants to get better. We all want to beat our friends, win the local tournament, or be the best shooter in our league. The problem is how do you go about getting better? There are no shortcuts to becoming a great player, but using drills is by far the fastest way to improve. They let you break the game down into its key components and master them. Here is how to use these drills to do just that.
How to use these drills
I strongly recommend you read How to Practice Effectively for an in-depth explanation of how to get the most out of these drills and improve your game. The basics are,
Start with stroke drills
They have the most transfer to all aspects of your game and should begin every session.
Start with easy drills
All CueDrills have variations rated for Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced players. Start with the beginner versions and work your way up once you have mastered the basics.
Aim for a 50-80% success rate
This is the range where you will see the most improvement and is the most efficient use of your practice time.
For each drill, track every successful and unsuccessful attempt. This helps you plan your sessions out and keeps you focused and accountable when playing.
Use a timer
Limit your drills to 20 minutes and working on individual shots to 5 minutes. This makes it easier to track and the timer adds pressure to succeed.
Create a routine
Drills should not just be done in isolation, but as part of a planned routine. Click here to learn how to put a smart routine together.