Category Archives: (S&D) Safety & Defense

Defensive strategies and tactics.

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

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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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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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

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Key Analysis Tool: Mindset Matrix

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

The mindset matrix is used to calculate when to use an offensive or defensive approach for the current shooting situation. It is a tool, easy and simple to apply. When used constantly, shooting decisions are wiser, more thoughtful, and even enlightened. The tool results in improved chances of winning games and matches. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Analysis of the Unknown Opponent

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

When you have no previous experience playing against your opponent, observe his game closely. Start by looking for perfection - things that he does well. This includes stroke, accuracy, cue ball control, speed control, stance, etc. Then look in the same areas for things that are imperfect. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Hero Shots

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(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