Category Archives: (S&D) Safety & Defense

Defensive strategies and tactics.

(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

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Object Ball Position Control Exercises

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

There are situations when it is important to control where the object ball stops. To accomplish this and do it well, set aside concerns about the cue ball (except to prevent scratching) and concentrate attention on the path and distance that your target object ball travels. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Ball-in-Hand: Blessing or Curse?

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

Maybe an effective hidden ball safety worked or your opponent badly screwed up to give you a ball in hand situation. A momentary thrill starts in your belly and shoots up your spine. You can barely suppress your joy. All the while, you struggle to maintain a mild expression of sympathy while offering insincere condolences to your opponent. (It would be poor sportsmanship to express pleasure in the midst of your opponent's disappointment.) Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Wall of Balls Tactics

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

This is a variation of the hidden ball safety. A wall of balls provides overlapping shadow zones that together make a huge table area to set up a hidden ball safety. This enlarged table area makes it easier to roll a ball into it. Your opponent is forced to kick the cue ball off other rails in an attempt to make a legal hit. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Be the Safety Battle Warrior

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

A safety battle is an exchange of safeties, each shooter taking his turn at placing the balls in difficult or awkward locations. Such battles usually occur during the end-game when fewer balls are on the table and there is more room to move things around. Continue reading