(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.
When you absorb this new level of knowledge, you can add further refinements to the many game options and choices, based on additional nuances available. These extensions of possibilities will also increase the level of sophistication that you can apply against opponents.
The examples in this section regularly become available game after game. Study each of them and teach yourself to recognize these and similar opportunities when they occur. Ponder these until you can spot them in any circumstances.
The primary goal in all safety situations is to first prevent your opponent from having an easy run out to the win. The secondary purpose is to prepare the table for you to advance towards the win. Such preparation is almost always unrecognized by your opponent. A third purpose is to apply psychological pressure.
Before every shot, you have to consider many choices. Even a single shot can include dozens of ways to achieve a successful result. There might be several cue ball control techniques that can achieve the same results. Speed and spin adds a lot of flexibility.
A player who has mastered slow roll can play the shot a lot differently than someone who prefers using two or three rails to get position. Some shots have limited options because of the angles or ball positions. The more you know about the possibilities, the more flexible you are. When a situation prevents one possible pattern, you can apply others to achieve the same or similar results.
Study these tactical situations. Set them up and practice them with donuts and Post-It sheets. Try as many options as your imagination can dream up. This hands-on effort will ensure that you can practice clever possibilities ahead of time.