Category Archives: (S&D) Safety & Defense

Defensive strategies and tactics.

(S&D) Safety & Defense - How to Use the "Wrist" Stroke

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

Can you make the cue ball only travel an inch (2-3 cm)? When straight rail billiards and balkline billiards were international sports, a carefully mastered nudge shot could rack up thousands of points. The winners of these hours-long matches were determined by who had the best cue ball control within fractions of an inch (<2 cm). Continue reading

(FAQ) Different types of safety shots

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When you face the need to shoot a safety, there are several choices. The one selected depends on the table layout, your ball control skills, and the level of respect you have for your opponent's abilities. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - "Scrape the Paint" Exercises

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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These exercises introduce the concept of grazing a target ball so thin that it barely moves. The closest offensive shooting example would be a very thin (85 to 89 degree angle) cut to pocket an object ball. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Key Factors: Energy Transfer Calculations

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

When you decide that the best shot for the circumstances is a safety, there are a wide variety of factors to be evaluated. These considerations are necessary to help fine tune your options and select the most effective shot within your skills. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Hangers & Tactical Applications

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

Hangers are object balls that, by accident or on purpose, sit in or very close to the jaws of any pocket (usually corner pockets and sometimes side pockets). These are common situations that occur in almost every game. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Shooting the Percentages

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

The entire world of insurance (medical, auto, life, etc.) is based on percentages. The Green Game is no exception. In table billiards, the success of every shot can be calculated in percentages of occurring or not occurring. When you include percentages in your calculations of success, these numbers can be used to your benefit and against your opponent. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - The Concept of BPI: How to Use

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

Here is how any player's balls per inning (BPI) average is calculated. Over the length of a match, count the total quantity of balls made by the player. Divide that by the number of innings played. The resulting number is his BPI average for that match. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Energy Transfer Calculations

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

When contacting the cue ball with your cue tip, the energy put on the cue ball depends on the forward speed of the cue stick. Following that contact with its initial momentum, the balls start losing energy from various factors. Eventually, all of the energy from the stroke is dissipated and the balls stop moving. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Key Factors: Table Conditions

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

When you decide that the best shot for the circumstances is a safety, there are a wide variety of factors to be evaluated. These considerations are necessary to help fine tune your options and select the most effective shot within your skills. Continue reading