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ProShot Glove

Product Description

The "ProShot Glove" Is a training aid and can used in competition. There are no rules that prohibit the use of the "ProShot Glove."

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Product Reviews

"The Pro Shot Glove billiard training aid, as tested in the San Francisco Billiards Sports (SBS) laboratory for all three main CueSports (Carom, Pool and Snooker) resulted in data that showed that the aid helped cueist maintain their basic wrist bio-mechanics during the stroke delivery.

The various data pool of clients (various skill levels) tested under controlled laboratory conditions reported that the aid took some time to get accustomed to, but they reported that long term benefits could be seen after using the product for several days. However, after the clients removed the glove and attempted to repeat the pre-determined shots (arranged by a professional coach), not all clients were able to report elimination of extra lateral movement of the wrist. The report of some continuation of wrist movement was more prominent among Snooker players whose margin of error is small. Carom players, also reported that there was still some wrist movement when they attempted to impart precise spin on the ball.

However, the general consensus of the data pool used was that the Pro shot aid was a beneficial aid to be used along with proper bio-mechanics training so as not to depend of the aid. On a side note, the Carom players tested where more hesitant to use the product for reasons of their own. "

Summary

  • The Pro Shot Glove billiard training aid may be of benefit to billiard players, especially if used with the guidance of a qualified Billiard coach.
  • The training aide can help players feel more confident in attempting long straight shots, and assist players with unwanted wrist movement
  • This training aid can be tried by players of all levels and is for ‘either’ handed.
    • Official use of a ‘training’ glove aid may not be sanctioned by the World Snooker (WPBSA) or the World Carom (UMB) Association during tournaments.
    • Players should check if the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) would allow usage of this type of ‘aid’ during tournaments.

Recommendation
Overall, the Pro Shot Glove billiard training aid can be a valid training aid if used long term and with the guidance from a qualified Billiard coach. As result of the accumulated data and reports, SBS recommends it as a valid training guide.

Joseph Mejia (ACS Level 4 Professional Billiard/Snooker Coach - San Francisco Billiards Sports (SBS))
[3-2-11]

DOES/IS THIS PRODUCT:

  1. Perform as the printed material suggests?

    The glove does assist in minimizing side sway of the wrist as the information given. I have used the bowling glove on students before that had the same problem. Why didn’t I think of this?!

  2. Durable and well made?

    The product is well made overall.

  3. Practical to bring to a pool room or use on a home table?

    Anywhere, even while resting and thinking about one’s stroke and exercise going through the motions. Exercising the muscle memory always helps.

  4. Teaching technically correct skills?

    Very much so!


  5. Do something useful? How well does it do that? How is it different, better, or worse than other products that address similar issues?

    See question 4.

  6. Easy to use?

    Yes.

  7. Easy to put together?

    Complicated at first attempts by most all, but the directions are good. I am sure once one has used the glove, it becomes easier over time.

  8. Comments from group clinic and individual students.

    a. Student 1: When I put the glove on, I have to adapt to instructions every time I use it.
    b. Student 2: Does help me shoot straighter and pocket more balls when I have it on.
    c. Student 3: After shooting with the glove for a period of time and then removing Glove, I felt the difference and started to make changes in my muscle control. I will get one to keep reminding me.
    d. Student 4: I started missing shots at first but realized after working with the glove, I have been putting unnecessary spin on the cue ball and found it to be helpful and feel the difference.

  9. Recommendation for Seal of Approval

    I give it my Seal of Approval. Good job!

  10. Suggestions for Improvement:

    I felt the elastic straps may wear and stretch within time. You could possibly have a separate removable attachable part and/or adjustment which can vary strength of elasticity.

Roy Yamane (ACS Level 4 Instructor-Coach)
[2-28-11]

"I think the pro-shot glove can definitely benefit a player who has the habit of turning his or her wrist when shooting a shot. It may also be a benefit for someone who has the yipps. Very nice idea."
Jerry Briesath (ACS Level 4 Instructor-Coach)
[2-17-11]

DOES/IS THIS PRODUCT:

  1. Perform as the printed material suggests?

    Mostly yes, but not without a lot of effort.

  2. Durable and well made?

    Yes.

  3. Practical to bring to a pool room or use on a home table?

    Yes.

  4. Teaching technically correct skills?

    I can see that the product does what it claims, i.e., it helps immobilize the wrist. They suggest shooting with it on. However, my opinion is that this is a patch, not a fix. I've been putting standard wrist braces (such as available at CVS) on my students for years. If they are curling or twisting their wrist, it's hard for them to catch themselves doing it. I put the brace on them for a while to help them discover exactly how and when they are doing their wrist move. They can feel very clearly when they are doing it, when it started, how they did it, and when they are NOT doing it. The point of this is NOT to brace their wrist to eliminate movement during play. I do not want to teach people to firm up or brace their wrist. I think the wrist should be free. I want players to feel how they are doing whatever twisting or curling they are doing, and discover how to let it go. Once they have that, they don't need to wear a glove or brace, because they no longer have the problem.


  5. Do something useful? How well does it do that? How is it different, better, or worse than other products that address similar issues?

    See question 4.

  6. Easy to use?

    I'm left-handed. The inventor told me it fits either hand. I was never able to get it comfortable. The two skinny straps made no sense to me and were never tight enough to matter, even though my hand is small.

  7. Are the included user instructions helpful and appropriate?

    The materials describing how to fit the glove to the player were not adequate.

  8. Easy to put together?

    See question 7.

  9. Comments:

    Student 1 Only tried it on myself. However, I am a very good instrument for body stuff. The feedback from the glove was not as clear as I would have liked. I spent a lot of time trying to get it adjusted properly. I don’t think I ever got it quite right. This product needs to be able to stand alone, i.e., not need more help than what comes with it.
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  10. Recommendation for Seal of Approval/Yes or No

    Yes. I'm approving this product because it mostly does what it claims to do. I do not agree that what it does is necessarily efficacious.

  11. General Comments:

    I can see a lot of thought and work went into this product. I think you should take a more comprehensive approach to the whole wrist motion issue. Try to become THE authority on this subject and the details of working through the problem.

  12. Suggestions for Improvement:

    Provide more information about fitting the glove to the player. Maybe video at the website? Provide insights about how players "should" be arranging or experimenting with their wrist. IOW, what are some principles or ideas should the player try as they work with the product.

Tom Simpson (ACS Level 4 Instructor-Coach)
[2-16-11]

DOES/IS THIS PRODUCT:

  1. Make learning skills easier for the student?

    The Pro Shot Glove is a useful aid in helping students with a wrist roll or tucked in wrist. It does not hinder a straight back and forth movement, but is effective in reminding the student of their wrist curl or twist.

  2. Make teaching skills easier for the instructor?

    The glove gives excellent feedback to the student.

  3. Practical in teaching or learning skills?

    The glove is a practical tool in addressing sideways wrist movement while the player is stroking.

  4. Do something useful? How well does it do that? How is it different, better, or worse than other products that address similar issues?

    I haven't seen any other products like this, so this is the best of type for now. It does a good job of addressing the wrist motion problem.


  5. Are the included user instructions helpful and appropriate?

    The instructions are weak. It is difficult to figure out where exactly to put the straps and how to adjust the device for maximum benefit.

  6. Cost effective? Value for the money?

    If reasonably priced, this would be a useful tool in the instructors bag of tricks.

  7. Teach a useful skill and correct skill?

    The Pro Shot glove addresses wrist curl and lateral wrist movement and acts as a brace/reminder to the student. This is a very useful skill and the glove does an excellent job as a reminder.

  8. Accurate in what it is teaching?

    Yes, this device works.

  9. Robust?

    Device is robust and usable over the long haul.

  10. Can this product be improved?

    Yes, better directions, perhaps different colors for different levels of tighness. Instructions on how to use and a method to wean the student from using the brace. Also, no cleaning instructions are given in the directions.

  11. Would you use this product for yourself? Your students?

    I would use this product for students with a wrist curl problem or a wrist movement/alignment issue.

  12. General comments:

    I endorse this product. It is a good tool to address wrist problems in the stroking motion. The product could use better instructions on how to use it and put it on etc. Feedback from 3 students were that it was a little uncomfortable, difficult to figure out how to put on, but useful in reminding them of how to keep their wrist. Used in conjunction with video taping, this will be an excellent teaching aid.

Mark Finkelstein (ACS Level 4 Instructor-Coach)
[12-28-10 to 1-3-11]