Category Archives: (S&D) Safety & Defense

Defensive strategies and tactics.

(FAQ) What is the purpose of defensive shots?

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How many times has this happened to you? You come to the table with a difficult shot. You are two balls away from winning – IF you can make this ball. Your mind believes that the chances of success are 50%. In reality, you couldn’t make the shot even once in 10 tries. Continue reading

(FAQ) When do you play a safety shot?

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Many times while playing, you face a table layout without simple options to pocket balls. There are only bad, very bad and “%?&*@#^” choices. All of us have watched as various bar bangers seize upon this opportunity to demonstrate the width and breadth of their imagination. Actually these guys provide you with an amazing educational instance of stupidity. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Discover Your PERSONAL Comfort/Chaos Zones

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

Following are some wake-up examples on what a comfort zone and a chaos zone is, including a clear indicator of the edges between the two. Take these to the practice table and try them. Whatever shots you find easy, competitors at a similar level find easy. What you find difficult, others at your level also find difficult. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - How to Use Comfort & Chaos Zones

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

When pocketing balls, you (and every other player in the world) have shots that are within comfort zones and chaos zones. When a shot can be made 8 out of 10 times (80%), it is in your comfort zone. When your chances of pocketing the ball are around 3 or 4 times in 10 tries (30-40%) or less, it is within your chaos zone. At 50-60%, it is on the edges. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - About the Concept & the Book

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

Many players use a single approach to every shooting opportunity – the offensive mindset. They continuously attempt to pocket a ball, any ball - regardless of the table layout and playing conditions. They don’t consider the consequences of failure. That one-dimensional playing style is acceptable only if their opponents play the same way.

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Cue Ball Management Exercises - Incremental Control

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

Without control over how far the cue ball travels, you are just guessing where things stop. This allows billiard god luck (chaos) to enter your game. With control, offensively you can play better position. With control, clever defensive shots can greatly frustrate your opponent. Continue reading