Tag Archives: stroke

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - About Cue Ball Control, Off the Object Ball

(About the author)

Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

This is today's bit of advice from the book Safety Toolbox. This is in two parts. The first part is about how to evaluate th

After the cue ball contacts an object ball, controlling it to an intended location is critical to playing effective offensive patterns and defensive plays. Every shot during a turn at the table should be as precise as you are capable of performing. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - How to Use the "Wrist" Stroke

(About the author)

Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

Can you make the cue ball only travel an inch (2-3 cm)? When straight rail billiards and balkline billiards were international sports, a carefully mastered nudge shot could rack up thousands of points. The winners of these hours-long matches were determined by who had the best cue ball control within fractions of an inch (<2 cm). Continue reading

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (half table patterns) - Group 1, 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: 4:30, (1/2 ball hit), Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 10:30, (1/2 ball hit), Soft 2 speed.
    12:00, (1/2 ball hit), Medium 1 speed
  • Cheat: 12:00, (1/2 ball hit), Soft 1 speed.
    6:00, (1/2 ball hit), Medium 1 speed.

Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - "Scrape the Paint" Exercises

(About the author)

Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

These exercises introduce the concept of grazing a target ball so thin that it barely moves. The closest offensive shooting example would be a very thin (85 to 89 degree angle) cut to pocket an object ball. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Key Factors: Energy Transfer Calculations

(About the author)

Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

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

When you decide that the best shot for the circumstances is a safety, there are a wide variety of factors to be evaluated. These considerations are necessary to help fine tune your options and select the most effective shot within your skills. Continue reading

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

Continue reading