Summary: David Alciatore, PhD ("Dr. Dave") ILLUSTRATED PRINCIPLES
"Fundamentals - Part I: MOFUDAT"
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technical proofs (TP), and all of my past articles, can be accessed and viewed online at
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resources on the website. If you have a slow or inconvenient Internet connection, you
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Well, it is the start of league season, so it's time to brush up on some important
fundamentals. Over the next few months, I'll present information and drills focusing on important
skills and principles related to the stroke, aiming, and cue ball control.
Diagram 1 shows what I call the pool-skills development pyramid or Pyramid of Progress.
The foundation layers of the pyramid (A through D) represent successive levels of competencies
required to become a good pool player. There is a natural progression of ability from the lower
layer to the top. The pyramid illustrates the importance of building and reinforcing your level of
ability from the bottom up, starting with fundamentals. The inspiration for the pyramid comes
from Maslow's "Hierarchy of Needs," an important principle from the world of psychology. The
principle states that people cannot reach their full potential unless they first meet their
physiological needs (food, water, air, shelter), then safety needs (security, freedom from fear),
then belonging needs (friends, family, love), and then esteem needs (self respect, reputation). If
a lower level need is not met, it is difficult, if not impossible, to satisfy higher level needs. With