Category Archives: (S&D) Safety & Defense

Defensive strategies and tactics.

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Intentions

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

All defensive shot selections must include a consideration of its effect on your opponent. Observe his reactions immediately after executing a defensive shot. Individually, taken shot by shot, these have little effect, but over time you should see him emotionally respond to your efforts. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Two-Way Shot Tactics

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When a shot is at the edges of your comfort/chaos zone, the chances of being successful may be less acceptable. For example, if you can only make the shot 40% of the time and it is a critical situation, that chance of missing may be more than you are willing to allow. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Temptation Shot Tactics

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When your opponent's chaos zone has been defined, you can easily setup traps, known as temptation shots. These are hero shots just beyond your opponent's abilities and control. They look within reach, but are tantalizing ghosts. He might succeed once in a while, but the odds are in your favor. Continue reading

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Opponent Analysis Process

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With prior competitive experience against an opponent, you possess a wealth of knowledge that can be used in the current match. Previous playing experiences should provide a list of what defensive measures worked and which didn't. You will also know the kinds of shooting opportunities he likes. Don't forget the lessons learned from situations that you gave him by accident. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Importance of Safety Practice

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

Usually when a person gets a new  instruction book, he will immediately jump into the drills or exercises section. The thought behind this initial desperate desire to practice is that this new book could be THE one blessed by the billiard gods. Surely this new book must be the new & special interpretation or viewpoint or awareness of the table secrets of the billiard gods. Continue reading

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

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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

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

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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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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