3 BALLS | 8 ANGLES | 6 QUESTIONS
Unless we have ball in hand on every shot, we will have to shoot shots with less than ideal angles either due our opponent leaving us there, or to us missing position. The more "outs" you know, understand and can execute, the more games you will win.
I. 3 BALLS: Set up 3 balls as shown in diagram in this game of 9-ball. Line up your angle calculator guiding paper (your copies are available at the Academy) with 7-ball on the line to the corner pocket.
II. 8 ANGLES: There are 4 angles on the left side of the pocket and 4 angles on the right side of the pocket. Shoot this 7-ball from all of the 8 angles and get position on the 8-ball. You can place the cue ball as close or far away from the object ball as you see fit. Shoot each of these 8 shots the best way you know possible to get the best shape on the 8 that will get you good shape to also make the 9-ball.
III. 6 QUESTIONS:
1) Would you rather be on the left side of the line to the pocket on the 7-ball or on the right side, and why?
2) Which of the 4 angles on that side is best and why?
3) What side of the 8-ball do you want to get your cue ball to arrive and why?
4) What is the best target spot (pin point area) that you want the cue ball to arrive and why?
5) What is the exact path you will make the cue ball travel to get to this spot, and why?
6) How are you going to execute this (ie. English, stroke etc.)?
Straight Stroke Between the Balls Drill - 10 min - Place 2 OB's 1 diamond away from the corner pocket spaced just over 1/4" on the outside of a balls distance (2 3/4" away from each other). A pool ball's width is 2 1/4" so just over that would be 2 3/4". Place the cue ball on the diagonal opposite corner pocket 1 diamond away from that opposite end of the table. Shoot the CB into the opposite pocket between the 2 OB's without touching either of them.
Tom Simpson's "Stop Shots In the Wild" - 20 min - Scatter all the balls out on the table with ball in hand on the 1st shot. Shoot straight into any of the object balls and make the cue ball stop. Keep practicing this with all different shots at different distances. Make the cue ball stop perfectly without sliding to the right or left or forwards or backward.
386 Drill - 2 hours - Make up your own 3 ball outs and do what we did in class. Make notes and ask questions at lab.