Willie Mosconi Tapes

Willie Mosconi Tapes

Post by Phil Mulle » Sun, 23 Jan 2000 04:00:00


Does anybody have access to Willie Mosconi Video Tapes?  I would like to get
my hands on some of these tapes to study.

I am trying to figure out what kind of stroke Willie actually used.
Somebody told me he uses a slip stroke (what ever the heck that is!).  I do
remember watching him a TV years back and his stroke was something else!

 
 
 

Willie Mosconi Tapes

Post by Ken » Sun, 23 Jan 2000 04:00:00

A slip stroke is where you are "choked up" on your cue (i.e. more forward
than normal with grip hand) and then slide back to normal "pendulum"
position during your final stroke.  Best I can describe it.  I don't know if
Masconi used that or not, but it's fairly common.

Ken --  pretending I know what the heck I'm talkin' about.


Quote:
> Does anybody have access to Willie Mosconi Video Tapes?  I would like to
get
> my hands on some of these tapes to study.

> I am trying to figure out what kind of stroke Willie actually used.
> Somebody told me he uses a slip stroke (what ever the heck that is!).  I
do
> remember watching him a TV years back and his stroke was something else!


 
 
 

Willie Mosconi Tapes

Post by Tom Simpso » Sun, 23 Jan 2000 04:00:00

On Sat, 22 Jan 2000 19:25:29 -0500, "Phil Muller"

::Does anybody have access to Willie Mosconi Video Tapes?  I would like to get
::my hands on some of these tapes to study.
::
::I am trying to figure out what kind of stroke Willie actually used.
::Somebody told me he uses a slip stroke (what ever the heck that is!).  I do
::remember watching him a TV years back and his stroke was something else!
::
Accu-Stats has some Mosconi footage. Kinister also sells
videos that feature Mosconi, along with many other legends
of old, e.g., Lassiter, Crane, Carras, etc.

As for Mosconi's stroke, I'd say it's interesting to
observe, but it was uniquely his. He grips pretty far
forward by today's standards, and has a bit of sidearm. I
would not recommend imitating it.

I saw him play in 1968. What most impressed me was how he
would be standing there, in position, waiting for the
cueball to roll up in front of his tip, so he could hit the
next shot.

Slip Stroke was common among good players 50 years ago. To
do it, come to a full stop with your tip at the ball, SLIP
your grip hand back the length of the stroke you want
(pulling the stick back very little or not at all), grip and
stroke through. When done well, it's a thing of beauty. On
the plus side, since the tip barely moves, you tend to hit
the spot you intend on the cueball. On the minus side, it's
very complicated and difficult to learn and be consistent
with.

        tom simpson

 
 
 

Willie Mosconi Tapes

Post by Bill Caswe » Mon, 24 Jan 2000 04:00:00

For one good tape, try http://www.billiardfanatic.com/Videos/20-2200.htm .

I wouldn't try to imitate his arm position.  He learned as a small child, and
has a sidewinder stroke that is not recommended.

Bill
Bill

 
 
 

Willie Mosconi Tapes

Post by Dick Schneide » Fri, 28 Jan 2000 04:00:00

Quote:
>I saw him play in 1968. What most impressed me was how he
>would be standing there, in position, waiting for the
>cueball to roll up in front of his tip, so he could hit the
>next shot.

I played an exhibition match against Mosconi in the mid 1960's ( I was the
straight pool champion at my university and was offered up as the sacrifice)
and was also startled at how accurate his control of the cue ball was.  I was
too nervous and too much in awe to really pay much attention to the details of
his stroke.  

He did use a slip stroke sometimes.  As he explained it to me, he did it when
he needed more action on the cue ball like extreme draw.  

Dick Schneiders