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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Safety Mistakes

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

In most offensive circumstances, all you need for the next shot is an angle on the next object ball. (Of course, some angles are better than others - but any angle is better than no angle.) Offensive shots imply that you are playing a pattern and intend to make the current shot and continue with the next ball. Continue reading

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 11, Set 3

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.
  • Cheat: Stun, Medium 3 speed.

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(CBC) Cue Ball Control (half table patterns) - Group 4, Set 8

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 3 speed.
    4:30, Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:00, Soft 2 speed.

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Cue Ball Management - Side Spin for Position

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

Once you know how the cue ball will react off the rail, there is still a problem. It is how to adjust your aiming routine to handle the squirt. There is one other mental adjustment - how to shoot the shot without using the cue stick as your aiming guide. This takes practice. If you are going to use cue ball side spin, you must go through a learning cycle. These exercises will help. Continue reading

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 11, 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: 12:30, Medium 1 speed.
    12:00, Soft 3 speed.
  • Cheat: Stun, Soft 3 speed.

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(CBC) Cue Ball Control (half table patterns) - Group 3, 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: 12:00, Soft 2 speed.
    Stun, Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:00, Soft 3 speed.
  • Cheat: 7:30, Medium 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 11:30, Soft 3 speed.

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Your Toolboxes (Offense & Defense)

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

You come to the table with two sets of toolboxes - offensive toolbox and safety toolbox. These include a combination of mental abilities and physical playing skills. You can call yourself good when your original intention before the shot matches the table results – and do that constantly. Continue reading

(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

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 12, Set 8

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 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:00, Soft 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:00, Medium 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 6:00, Soft 3 speed.

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