Category Archives: (S&D) Safety & Defense

Defensive strategies and tactics.

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Hero Shots

(About the author)

Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

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

(About the author)

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 - The Distance Safety

(About the author)

Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

(About the author)

Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

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

(About the author)

Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

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

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Examples of the Hidden Ball Safety

(About the author)

Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

These are examples of hidden ball safeties for 8 Ball and 9 Ball. Practice controlled ball movement and patterns. As you get more familiar with the concept, it will be easier to quickly identify opportunities to make life difficult for your opponent. Continue reading