Category Archives: (S&D) Safety & Defense

Defensive strategies and tactics.

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

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(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

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Bank into a Safety

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

In the course of a game, you have many opportunities to perform cross-side, cross-corner, and long-table banks. Bank shots are usually not high percentage. Unless you dedicate a major part of your shooting career to playing Bank Pool, these shots are not consistently dependable. Even excellent players are happy with a success range of around 50-65%. This level of competence is still not enough to constantly depend on them. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense (video) - Bad Angle Examples

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

When you set up the cue ball so that your opponent has only bank shots or long table sharp cuts. The video provides examples on the cue ball position and object balls of various bad angles. Basically, you want your opponent to not like the table layout. Continue reading