Category Archives: (S&D) Safety & Defense

Defensive strategies and tactics.

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Opponent Analysis Process

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

With prior competitive experience against an opponent, you possess a wealth of knowledge that can be used in the current match. Previous playing experiences should provide a list of what defensive measures worked and which didn't. You will also know the kinds of shooting opportunities he likes. Don't forget the lessons learned from situations that you gave him by accident. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Importance of Safety Practice

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

Usually when a person gets a new  instruction book, he will immediately jump into the drills or exercises section. The thought behind this initial desperate desire to practice is that this new book could be THE one blessed by the billiard gods. Surely this new book must be the new & special interpretation or viewpoint or awareness of the table secrets of the billiard gods. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - About 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 in two parts. The first part is about how to evaluate th

After the cue ball contacts an object ball, controlling it to an intended location is critical to playing effective offensive patterns and defensive plays. Every shot during a turn at the table should be as precise as you are capable of performing. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - How to Use the "Wrist" Stroke

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

Can you make the cue ball only travel an inch (2-3 cm)? When straight rail billiards and balkline billiards were international sports, a carefully mastered nudge shot could rack up thousands of points. The winners of these hours-long matches were determined by who had the best cue ball control within fractions of an inch (<2 cm). Continue reading

(FAQ) Different types of safety shots

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When you face the need to shoot a safety, there are several choices. The one selected depends on the table layout, your ball control skills, and the level of respect you have for your opponent's abilities. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - "Scrape the Paint" Exercises

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

These exercises introduce the concept of grazing a target ball so thin that it barely moves. The closest offensive shooting example would be a very thin (85 to 89 degree angle) cut to pocket an object ball. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Key Factors: Energy Transfer Calculations

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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 - 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