Category Archives: (S&D) Safety & Defense

Defensive strategies and tactics.

(S&D) Safety & Defense - When all else fails - Last Resorts

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

There are times when, no matter how you struggle, the balls don't roll your way. For some reason, the billiard gods have decided that today is your day to suffer all of the bad luck they can offer to you. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - The Hidden Ball Safety

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

The hidden ball safety type is considered by many players to be the only real defensive shot. To the intelligent player, it is simply another way to create additional problems for an opponent. Regardless of how simple or difficult the kick or jump might be; it forces an opponent to stop and think. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Playing Styles, 2 of 3

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

Here are more descriptions about the habitual behavior of players you will face in your lifetime of playing pool. Your opponent's default playing style make it easier to design a strategy and an efficient set of tactical tricks.

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Amateur League Tips & Tricks

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

Amateur leagues that have national or regional tournaments often use handicap systems to allow better and lesser skilled players to compete on a somewhat level playing field. A lesser player needs fewer points to win. A better player must work harder. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Up & Down Cycle Tactics

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

Every shooter's abilities follow an up and down cycle throughout any competitive match. These are internal energy cycles. Just as you are sometimes alert and wide awake, there are times when you feel more sluggish. The sine wave below gives you an idea of how these up and down cycles proceed. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Dead Zone Tactics

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Dead zones are dangerous places to leave the object balls for your opponent to shoot. These are named "dead zones" because there are limited places on the table where you can put the cue ball so the object ball can be pocketed. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - The Confusion Safety Type

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

The confusion safety type can be a lot of fun. Confusion is created by complicating the table. It forces your opponent to discard any previous plans and ideas and requires him to recalculate his entire strategy. Anything that uses up brain energy helps you. Continue reading

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

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