Category Archives: (S&D) Safety & Defense

Defensive strategies and tactics.

(S&D) Safety & Defense - the Cluster Tactic

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

Clusters occur when two or more balls are clumped together. A cluster can consist of only two balls, if they mutually interfere with each other. They create problems that often stop a run. To most players they are roadblocks to easy wins. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Player Personalities: Overview

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The personality of your opponent can have an impact on your game, especially if you allow his individuality to control your playing style. If you find yourself playing differently than usual, you allowed him to infect your thinking. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Key Analysis Tool: Mindset Matrix

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The mindset matrix is used to calculate when to use an offensive or defensive approach for the current shooting situation. It is a tool, easy and simple to apply. When used constantly, shooting decisions are wiser, more thoughtful, and even enlightened. The tool results in improved chances of winning games and matches. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Analysis of the Unknown Opponent

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

When you have no previous experience playing against your opponent, observe his game closely. Start by looking for perfection - things that he does well. This includes stroke, accuracy, cue ball control, speed control, stance, etc. Then look in the same areas for things that are imperfect. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Hero Shots

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A hero shot is any low percentage shot that, if made, would be admired by anyone watching. It is so-called because only a hero could make the shot. A success would be worthy of acclaim. Missing it would make him a bum, with vocal supporters yelling out, "That was stupid!" Hero shots, by their very nature, are rarely successful. Continue reading

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

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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 - The Distance Safety

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

The distance safety type is simple and easy to set up. It does not require careful or accurate ball management skills. When you can't think of anything clever, leave a long shot. This makes it a low percentage shot for him with a good chance for you to immediately come back to the table. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Cue Ball Management - Side Spin into the Cushion

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Work on coming to the cushion with various top and draw side spins and speeds after contacting the object ball. Start with slower speeds and work your way up, watching what happens. It is necessary to know the results of each variation. Different distances out from center add more cue ball spin and exaggerate the out angles even more. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Personalities: The Serene-iac Player

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This is an invented word used to describe a rare type of pool player. Nothing shakes a serene-iac. You could throw him 20 consecutive difficult shots and he plays the table to his best advantage and with the same calm demeanor from the first to the last. Continue reading