(S&D) Safety & Defense - About Precision Side Spin

(About the author)

Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

Side spin (also known as English) occurs when the cue tip contacts the cue ball to the left or right side of the vertical line (12:00 to 6:00). The cue tip contact can range from a very small off-line of 1/8 to 1/4 tip away from true vertical) to contact points that are so far out (2.5-4 tips out from zero position) that the cue tip cannot make a firm contact. The result is a miscue with the cue skittering away and the cue ball reacting strangely.

Cue tip placement out from the vertical center determines amount of side spin. The closer the tip contact is to the vertical center, the lower the amount of side spin. The further away, the greater the spin. The most common adjustments are calculated in tip widths from the center (zero position): ¼ tip, ½ tip, ¾ tip, 1 tip, 1-1/2 tips, and 2 tips out from center. Intentional cue ball spin is useful in offensive and defensive situations.

It is when the spinning cue ball contacts the cushions that you see interesting results. The spinning cue ball comes into the cushion at one angle, but comes out of the cushion at a different angle because of the amount of side spin. The angle out from the cushion can be controlled with remarkable precision.

The clock system describes how to hit the cue ball. The most dramatic reaction off a cushion is when the cue ball is spinning from a 3:00 or 9:00 hit and at slow speeds. Some cue ball activity can be quite surprising. These exercises allow you to achieve results intentionally, not by accident. The cue ball graphic shows one tip out from the zero position.

The Cue Ball Clock System

The Cue Ball Clock System

The secret of great ball runs is precision cue ball action. Mastering side spin exercises make many seemingly impossible shots – possible. Although the majority of shots use the trustworthy vertical 12:00 to 6:00 line, side spin gives you additional options.

When performing the exercises, pay close attention to the results and make adjustments accordingly. Use visual feedback to make rapid improvements. Experiment around and figure out what works.

How to Win by Helping Your Opponent Lose

The FAQs of Pool & Pocket Billiards


Get the Book!! $12.00

book-PDF PDF book (good for smart devices)
(Includes my Money-back Guarantee)

book-red Printed book

Books to improve your knowledge

.

Recent Useful Posts

(TML) Table Map Library - Q1 to K9

For information on the Table Map Library, how it works and how the information was researched - read "Table Map ...

Read More

Drills & Exercises - Precision Skills (progressive) - CB Cross Side sets

(D&E) Drills & Exercises (precision) - Come Back Home: CB Cross Side sets

(About the Author) This progressive exercise to improve your shooting skills is in the book Drills & Exercises for Pool & ...

Read More

(DCV) Dr. Cue Video - CSI Presents: Trick Shots #2 The Fats Special

(About the author of the Billiard Gods books) More trick shots to impress your friends and amaze your opponents. Dr. Cue (Tom ...

Read More

(PV) Pool Video - Billiard Basics - How to Break Pool Balls: 8 Ball Pool Game

(About the author of the Billiard Gods books) Howdy folks, here is this week's Cool Pool Learning Video. This is created by ...

Read More

(FAQ) Game Rules - Chicago (rail version)

(About the Author) These series of "Game Rules' provide rules of many different games for the pool table. The rules here ...

Read More

(AWAP) Art of War v. Art of Pool - Chapter 6 - conceal dispositions

(About the author) At it's most basic, the pool table is a small battlefield. An excerpt from "The Art of War" ...

Read More

(H&S) Hustles & Sharks - Consoling

(About the Author) Somewhere, someplace, maybe in an alternate universe, there is a book entitled "The Correct Behavior of Bad Sportsmanship". ...

Read More

BSC Test Group Speed Control - OB Cross Side, Straight, 1 of 3 (Intermediate)

(BSC) Billiard Skills Challenge - OB Speed Control (straight), cross side (Intermediate) Test Group

(About the Author) Here is Today's Test Group Challenge from the book. This progressive set develops personal confidence when similar shots ...

Read More

(DCV) Dr. Cue Video - CSI Presents: Trick Shots #1 Two Plus Two For You Shot

(About the author of the Billiard Gods books) Trick shots to impress your friends and amaze your opponents. Dr. Cue (Tom Rossman) ...

Read More

(FAQ) Game Rules - Cowboy Billiards

(About the Author) These series of "Game Rules' provide rules of many different games for the pool table. The rules here ...

Read More

(AWAP) Art of War v. Art of Pool - Chapter 11 - skillful tactician

(About the author) At it's most basic, the pool table is a small battlefield. An excerpt from "The Art of War" ...

Read More

(S&D) Safety & Defense - About Precision Side Spin

(About the author) (This is today's bit of advice from the book Safety Toolbox.) Side spin (also known as English) occurs when ...

Read More


Print pagePDF pageEmail page