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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Different Safety Tactics

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

All defensive shots can be categorized into a small set of basic safety types. Every safety played in your entire lifetime is a variation of one or a combination of the types. Each of these, when wisely selected and carefully played, improves your chances to win. As you study and practice the various safety exercises; your knowledge, abilities, and confidence expands. Continue reading

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 8, 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: Stun, Medium 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:00, Medium 1 speed.

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(CBC) Cue Ball Control (half table patterns) - Group 3, Set 10

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 1 speed.
    6:00, Medium 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 7:30, Soft 3 speed.
    2:00, Soft 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:00, Soft 2 speed.
    6:00, Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 1:30, Soft 2 speed.
    6:00, Medium 1 speed.

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Shadow Zones

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

A shadow zone is the table area behind one or more blocking balls. It is the key element of a hidden ball safety type. Any target ball within the shadow zone can be reached either by jumping the blocking ball (if rules allow) or shooting the cue ball off one or more cushions. Continue reading

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (half table patterns) - Group 5, Set 1

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.
  • Cheat: 12:00, Soft 1 speed.

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(CBC) Cue Ball Control (half table patterns) - Group 3, 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: 6:00, Medium 1 speed.
    12:00, Soft 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 2:00, Soft 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 6:00, Soft 3 speed.
  • Cheat: 1:30, Soft 2 speed.

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

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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. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - The Concept of Safety Tactics

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

There are situations during a game, if the opportunities are recognized, when the table layout offers tremendous flexibility. There can be many choices that are to your advantage and to your opponent’s disadvantage. Continue reading