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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Cue Ball Management - Side Spin for Position

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

(This is today's bit of advice from the book Safety Toolbox.)

Once you know how the cue ball will react off the rail, there is still a problem. It is how to adjust your aiming routine to handle the squirt. There is one other mental adjustment - how to shoot the shot without using the cue stick as your aiming guide. This takes practice. If you are going to use cue ball side spin, you must go through a learning cycle. These exercises will help. Continue reading

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 8, Set 4

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This is today's set of Cue Ball Cheats. These practice setups (and others in the book and blog) help you learn HOW to apply an exact speed and spin. That precision is how to get perfect shape on the second ball - and how to string a run together. For these layouts here are the Cheats for this post:

  • Cheat: 11:00, Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: Stun, Medium 1 speed.
    6:00, Medium 1 speed.

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(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 7, Set 12

Cue Ball Control Cheat Sheets

This is today's set of Cue Ball Cheats. These practice setups (and others in the book and blog) help you learn HOW to apply an exact speed and spin. That precision is how to get perfect shape on the second ball - and how to string a run together. For these layouts here are the Cheats for this post:

  • Cheat: 1:00, Soft 3 speed.
  • Cheat: 2:00, Medium 1 speed.
    11:30, Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:30, Medium 1 speed.

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(FAQ) Game Rules - Bottle Pool

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These series of "Game Rules' provide rules of many different games for the pool table. The rules here have been simplified from the official versions - to make them a little easier to understand.

There are other games that have been invented, copyrighted and generally available to the playing public. Web searches will turn these up and the rules printed out for use.

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(AWAP) Art of War v. Art of Pool - Chapter 12 - making attacks with fire

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At it's most basic, the pool table is a small battlefield. An excerpt from "The Art of War" is provided with how it applies to the competition between opponents.

This segment is from:

Chapter 12 - Attack by fire

There is a proper season for making attacks with fire, ...

(If this is the first post you've seen, read the AWAP Introduction & instructions post.)

This information considers how battlefield strategies and tactics can be used to win more games. If this seems interesting, read these AWAP posts.

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(D&E) Drills & Exercises (precision) - OB Rail & Back: Middle Table sets

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This progressive exercise to improve your shooting skills is in the book Drills & Exercises for Pool & Pocket Billiards.

This setup concentrates on precision cue ball control skills. The purpose is to send the OB to the cushion and return to hit the CB.

Suggestions: Start easy with follow (12:00, 1 tip up). Proceed from slowest possible speed up through Medium 2.
When 12:00 is controlled, use 6:00 (1 tip below center). Proceed with slowest speed through Medium 2 speed. The returning OB must chase down CB.

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