(TML) Table Map Library - Introduction

Introducing a new Pool Blog - Table Map Library.  Details about the TML are available below.

The purpose of this new blog series is to introduce regular players to the concept of KNOWN cue ball paths and patterns. Each future post presents a setup of a cue ball (CB) location and Target Diamond.

Once learned and understood, these patterns can be used to determine the best way to kick at another ball or bank an object ball. The shots are very useful for various table situations common to "9 Ball", "10 Ball", and "One Pocket".

To make these owned shots, you must validate the pattern on the practice table. Intellectual knowledge requires reality checks - so make sure these shots are setup and shot several times. Dial in the shots until you can match the patterns. When in your possession, these become part of your shooting knowledge and options in your shot library.

The Research Process

These shots were made with 1 cue tip out from center. Each position was shot four, five and sometimes six times - by several players. One of the problems was to teach them a consistent 1 tip out from center stroke.

Videos were made of all the shots. These were viewed to identify the precise patterns and paths of the ball - using rail markers every 1/2 diamond. The path information was transferred to the table maps. Screen shots were captured and organized in sequence. The different sizes were created and compiled into the Table Map Library HTML application.  Here are examples:

Example 1:

Example 2:

All of these shots were made on Table #1 at Shoreline Billiards in Mountain View, CA. Regrettably, the pool hall is no longer in business. The owners were very supportive of this research project - as well as a lot of the regular players who helped out. Here is the list of players who participated.

The TML Grid Pattern

Here is grid pattern to mark CB positions and Target Diamonds. Long rails are from foot to head of table, every half Diamond. Short rails are numbered 1 through 9.

For example, CB locations of foot spot = E5, center spot = I5, head spot = M5.

Other Sized Tables

For 8 foot tables, the same type of pattern requires about 1-1/4 tips out from center to get the paths shown. For 7 foot tables, 1-1/2 tip out from center is necessary to follow the pattern. The distances on small tables are less, so when the cue ball travels around in a trapezoid pattern, the rail contacts are more distorted.

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