(FAQ) How do you do a half-table length draw shot?

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When you are leaning how to draw, you know that the cue tip must be lowered so that the tip will contact the ball below the horizontal center line. This explanation excludes power draws and is useful for draws of around 3 to 6 diamonds when shooting at an object ball up to 2 diamonds away.

Set up

Place the cue ball far enough out on the table so that you can do a proper bridge. Place an object ball about a diamond away. Mark both of these positions with a paper reinforcement ring. This will allow you to constantly set up the exact same shot time after time. Use several small objects (paper clips are good) to mark how far back you draw the last several shots. Use the same speed (or as close as possible).

Shooting

Use a bridge that is two inches shorter than a normal shooting bridge. Shoot the shot several times and mark the positions. Place a marker roughly where the average would be.

  1. Have a friend stand to the side and watch while you bring the tip up to the ball where you think you are hitting as low as possible without miscuing. Have him push the tip down until the stick is 1/8 inch from the table.
  2. Adjust the height of your bridge accordingly and do not raise the butt of your stick.
  3. Memorize the position from your viewpoint, then stroke with the same speed as your test draws. Mark the results.
  4. Repeat under your friend's watchful eye until you can consistently get exactly the same draw within a couple of inches apart.
  5. To draw further increase your stick speed very slightly, then practice it until you can use the same speed at will.

The key to being consistent with your draw shots is consistent speed of the stick and consistently hitting the cue ball at the same spot.

Before you fool around with different speeds and different distances to the object ball, make sure you master the easy ones first. You will be surprised that with just a little practice, you can draw the cue ball into almost perfect positions. This is especially valuable when sucking the cue ball up behind another ball for a lock-tight safety.

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