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(CBC) Cue Ball Control (half table patterns) - Group 4, Set 5

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: 6:00, Medium 2 speed.
    1:30, Medium 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 6:00, Medium 1 speed.
    Stun, Medium 2 speed.

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

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

This can require the most work in learning cue ball control. It will provide the greatest rewards. (If you play straight pool, this dramatically increases your run average.)

Cue Ball Management - Connections to make the Cue Ball Draw (reverse spin)

Cue Ball Management - Draw (reverse spin)

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Motivation to Focus Your Defensive Shots

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

Strength of will is not required to keep going when you continuously have thrilling successes and things always go your way. It either means you are playing your best ever (usually only that one time in a year), or you are beating up on beginners. Continue reading

(FAQ) How do you coach a new player on a team?

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If you are one of the better players on a league team, eventually you will be called upon to coach a playing situation for a new player or a lower-skilled team member. Your superior knowledge and experience is needed to make sense of a confusing table layout. Continue reading

(FAQ) Do you perform a post-shot routine?

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If you watch players compete, there is one habit that the winners consistently have in common. Those are the shooters who always stop after a shot and appear to be momentarily frozen in time. What they are really doing is going over their shot, comparing the new table layout with what they were attempting to achieve. These are the players that learn from their mistakes. Continue reading

(D&E) Drills & Exercises - Pocket Skills (progressive): Spot Shots (cross side 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 progressive pocketing skills. There is no concern about where the CB ends up.

This is a multiple cue ball speed and spin drill. See Cue Ball Speed and Spin Variations. Make sure to observe the cue ball action (path from OB, any rail action, etc.) until it stops. You need to remember the results when you are in competition. Continue reading

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (half table patterns) - Group 1, set 2

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: 1:30, (1/2 ball hit), Soft 2 speed.
    10:30, (1/2 ball hit), Soft 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 11:00, (1/2 ball hit), Soft 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:00, (1/2 ball hit), Soft 1 speed.

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(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 11, 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: Stun, Medium 3 speed.
    11:30, Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 10:30, Medium 1 speed.
    6:00, Medium 2 speed.

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - The "Over-a-ball" Safety

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

To qualify as an over-a-ball safety type, the cue ball must be snuggled up to another object ball. It must force the shooter to bridge over the object ball in order to shoot the cue ball. It is another nasty shot that burns off brain energy. Continue reading