Category Archives: (S&D) Safety & Defense

Defensive strategies and tactics.

(S&D) Safety & Defense - The "Over-a-ball" Safety

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

To qualify as an over-a-ball safety type, the cue ball must be snuggled up to another object ball. It must force the shooter to bridge over the object ball in order to shoot the cue ball. It is another nasty shot that burns off brain energy. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Safety Mistakes

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

In most offensive circumstances, all you need for the next shot is an angle on the next object ball. (Of course, some angles are better than others - but any angle is better than no angle.) Offensive shots imply that you are playing a pattern and intend to make the current shot and continue with the next ball. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Cue Ball Management - Side Spin for Position

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

Once you know how the cue ball will react off the rail, there is still a problem. It is how to adjust your aiming routine to handle the squirt. There is one other mental adjustment - how to shoot the shot without using the cue stick as your aiming guide. This takes practice. If you are going to use cue ball side spin, you must go through a learning cycle. These exercises will help. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Your Toolboxes (Offense & Defense)

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

You come to the table with two sets of toolboxes - offensive toolbox and safety toolbox. These include a combination of mental abilities and physical playing skills. You can call yourself good when your original intention before the shot matches the table results – and do that constantly. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Cue Ball Management Exercises - Cushion-First

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

Few people consider the possibility of using the cushion first to set up a defensive situation. This technique can be used to control either ball. If practiced ahead of time, you have predictability. In the right circumstances, you can generate some interesting set-ups your opponent could never expect. This is actually easy to learn. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - The Concept of BPI: Examples

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

The following game examples explain how to use BPI to beat your opponent. Always remember, that number is an average. During half of his innings he pockets more balls than that number, and half of his innings he pockets fewer balls. Continue reading

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

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

This is a small series of exercises to help you learn to precisely position the cue ball up against a cushion. There are three setups:

  • Roll the cue ball up to the first rail.
  • Roll the cue ball off 1 rail and up to the second rail.
  • Roll the cue ball off two rails and up to the third rail.

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Key Factors: Your Ball Control Abilities

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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