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(CBC) Cue Ball Control (half table patterns) - Group 1, Set 4

Cue Ball Control Cheat Sheets

This is today's set of Cue Ball Cheats. These practice setups (and others in the book and blog) help you learn HOW to apply an exact speed and spin. That precision is how to get perfect shape on the second ball - and how to string a run together. For these layouts here are the Cheats for this post:

  • Cheat: 12:00 (1/2 ball hit), Soft 3 speed.
    (Control the speed or add a touch of left to avoid the side pocket.)
  • Cheat: 1:30, (1/2 ball hit), Soft 3 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:00, (1/2 ball hit), Soft 3 speed.
    (Control the speed or add a touch of left to avoid the side pocket.)

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(D&E) Drills & Exercises - Long Table Kicks, Set 1 of 4

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This progressive exercise to improve your shooting skills is in the book Drills & Exercises for Pool & Pocket Billiards.

This is a simple center ball hit. This drill dis designed to teach adjustments for the first rail contact point, based on the cue ball position on the table.

Take some time to dial in the correct contact point. Then experiment with different slow and medium speeds. It's a good idea to shift the cue ball up and down one or two ball widths. This helps you dial in the small adjustments. It is VITAL to know how to consistently succeed with one rail kicks. (Not to mention a discouragement for your opponent to attempt hidden ball safeties.) Continue reading

(D&E) Drills & Exercises (precision) - OB Rail & Back: Long Table sets

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This progressive exercise to improve your shooting skills is in the book Drills & Exercises for Pool & Pocket Billiards.

This setup concentrates on precision cue ball control skills. The purpose is to send the OB to the cushion and return to hit the CB.

Suggestions: Start easy with follow (12:00, 1 tip up). Proceed from slowest possible speed up through Medium 2.
When 12:00 is controlled, use 6:00 (1 tip below center). Proceed with slowest speed through Medium 2 speed. The returning OB must chase down CB.

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Two-Way Shot Tactics

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

When a shot is at the edges of your comfort/chaos zone, the chances of being successful may be less acceptable. For example, if you can only make the shot 40% of the time and it is a critical situation, that chance of missing may be more than you are willing to allow. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Temptation Shot Tactics

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

When your opponent's chaos zone has been defined, you can easily setup traps, known as temptation shots. These are hero shots just beyond your opponent's abilities and control. They look within reach, but are tantalizing ghosts. He might succeed once in a while, but the odds are in your favor. Continue reading

(FAQ) How to use a playing "edge"?

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An edge is something you have that gives you an advantage over the other player. It can be any kind of secret skill or special refinement you developed - just to use when your opponent least expects it.

An edge shot must be properly timed. It's not something that you put on display at every opportunity. The table layout must look seemingly tough. The cue ball and object ball angles also have to be right.

But when those conditions exist, you can blow away your opponent's assumptions about your skills. When you shake his evaluation of your abilities, you also introduce a certain amount of uncertainty in his thinking. THAT re-evaluation time frame can last several innings, which gives you opportunities to advance.

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(FAQ) How can you improve side pocket shooting?

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The obvious answer is more practice. Most players tend to avoid side pocket shots unless the object ball is directly out from the pocket. Anything with an angle makes them try a cross bank or an extreme cut to the corner. Other players will use extreme efforts (spin & speed) to avoid a cue ball position that forces an object ball shot to the side pockets. Continue reading

(FAQ) How to keep score with coins

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When another scoring system is not available (moveable beads, balls, etc.), coins are placed under a cushion at each diamond to track the score of a race to a number. Continue reading

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (half table patterns) - Group 5, Set 11

Cue Ball Control Cheat Sheets

This is today's set of Cue Ball Cheats. These practice setups (and others in the book and blog) help you learn HOW to apply an exact speed and spin. That precision is how to get perfect shape on the second ball - and how to string a run together. For these layouts here are the Cheats for this post:

  • Cheat: 12:00, Soft 1 speed.
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