(This is today’s bit of advice from the book Safety Toolbox.)
Use the exercise below and learn to move the cue ball over precise distances.
- Place a donut (paper reinforcement ring) where the cue ball starts.
- Put the Post-It sheet about a diamond away from the cue ball.
- Shoot the object ball onto the Repeat until mastered.
- Move the sheet closer and master that
- Continue working on finer and finer control.
Repeat this once a month. During a competition, a couple of slow roll practice strokes are all that is needed to remind your muscle memory.
Nudging, exercise 1
In this exercise, place the cue ball a ball width from the target ball. Tap the cue ball to send the target ball to the cushion. Once that is under control, start with a half-ball starting distance. This shot is easier to master if you imagine the complete shot before you make the stroke.
Nudging, exercise 2
Lay the cue ball onto the object ball. Also try double-kissing the cue ball straight back, repeat as many times as possible before the balls go off-line.
Nudging, exercise 3
This is a little off-side shot that slides the cue ball over to one side. Practice with and without the double-kiss.
Back & forth, exercise 1
Push the target ball to the cushion and back out slightly, as you send the cue ball across the face. Repeat this until you control it.
Back & forth, exercise 2
Push the cue ball back and forth across the top of the target ball, moving both as little as possible.