Category Archives: (S&D) Safety & Defense

Defensive strategies and tactics.

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Cue Ball Management Exercises - Incremental Control

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

Without control over how far the cue ball travels, you are just guessing where things stop. This allows billiard god luck (chaos) to enter your game. With control, offensively you can play better position. With control, clever defensive shots can greatly frustrate your opponent. Continue reading


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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Cue Ball Management Exercises - Cushion-First

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

Few people consider the possibility of using the cushion first to set up a defensive situation. This technique can be used to control either ball. If practiced ahead of time, you have predictability. In the right circumstances, you can generate some interesting set-ups your opponent could never expect. This is actually easy to learn. Continue reading


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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Cue Ball Management Exercises - Draw Control

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

This can require the most work in learning cue ball control. It will provide the greatest rewards. (If you play straight pool, this dramatically increases your run average.)

Cue Ball Management - Connections to make the Cue Ball Draw (reverse spin)

Cue Ball Management - Draw (reverse spin)

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(FAQ) What is Gamesmanship & Sharking?

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Random House Dictionary definitions:
gamesmanship - 1. the use of methods, esp. in a sports contest, that are dubious or seemingly improper but not strictly illegal. 2. the technique or practice of manipulating people or events so as to gain an advantage or outwit one's opponents or competitors.

shark - 1. (v) to obtain by trickery. 2. (n) a person regarded as ruthless.

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Cue Ball Management Exercises - Stun Control

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

For these exercises, you want to stun the cue ball and slide it down into the intended location using different speeds from slow to fast. There are a lot of hidden lessons built into this exercise. Learn them.

Cue Ball Stun (center ball)

Cue Ball Stun (center ball)

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Cue Ball Management Exercises - Follow

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

There is the old saying, "Draw for show, follow for dough." Using the correct amount of follow for the different cue ball speeds takes practice. Eventually, you can develop the correct “feel”.

The Cue Ball Clock System

The Cue Ball Clock System

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Object Ball Position Control Exercises

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

There are situations when it is important to control where the object ball stops. To accomplish this and do it well, set aside concerns about the cue ball (except to prevent scratching) and concentrate attention on the path and distance that your target object ball travels. Continue reading


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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Exercises for Cue Ball Control, Off the Object Ball

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

This is a small series of exercises to help you learn to precisely position the cue ball up against a cushion. There are three setups:

  • Roll the cue ball up to the first rail.
  • Roll the cue ball off 1 rail and up to the second rail.
  • Roll the cue ball off two rails and up to the third rail.

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - About Cue Ball Control, Off the Object Ball

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

This is today's bit of advice from the book Safety Toolbox. This is in two parts. The first part is about how to evaluate th

After the cue ball contacts an object ball, controlling it to an intended location is critical to playing effective offensive patterns and defensive plays. Every shot during a turn at the table should be as precise as you are capable of performing. Continue reading


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