AVOIDING SCRATCHES -Make the cue ball your bitch!
I. Avoid scratching in the Corner
A) Set Up:
B) Solution: Use low right with a spin stroke (not a draw stroke)and hit rail first.
II. OB on the rail
A)Set Up: The game is 9-ball. The 8-ball is frozen to the rail and the 9-ball is in the way of you being able to contact the 8 on the right side. If you contact the 8 on the left side, you will scratch. What should you do here?
B) Solution: Hit the 8 almost straight on but just a hair to the left with low. The Cue ball hits the 8 and then the 8 hits the CB turning that low into high. Use half the speed you anticipate because the OB hits the CB which virtually doubles the speed. The 8 will stay right there and the goal is to get the CB on or near the other end rail. The more distance you put between the OB and CB the harder it is for them to do anything with it, plus if you can freeze the CB to the rail, you take away options for your opponent to hit the ball - now they must use high.
III. Avoid Scratch in Side
A) Set Up: How can you avoid the scratch if you want to shoot the OB in the corner pocket?
B) There is too much angle to use high and be able to avoid the scratch. Use low and draw the ball away from the pocket. Combine the low with left so you can avoid it even farther away because the left will throw it into the pocket allowing you to contact the OB fuller.
Straight Stroke Exercise - 10 min - Put the CB at the head spot and OB frozen to the foot rail. Hit the OB perfectly straight on with a medium speed draw stroke. The goal is to get the CB to come back and hit the head spot.
Stop-Follow-Draw Drill - 10 min - Place the OB in the center of the table and the CB 1 1/2 diamonds away for a perfectly straight shot into the corner pocket. First pocket the OB and stop the CB. Next, follow it into the pocket. Third, draw the CB in the other diagonal corner pocket.
Angel Drill with Outside English - 20 min - Shoot all the balls in the Angel Drill with outside english. Definition of outside english.
CB Rail Shots - 10 min - Throw all 15 balls out on the table. Take BIH for every shot but it must be placed frozen to the rail. Remember to only pull your cue back about 1-2" max and make sure your cue is level during the entire shot.
Break Shots - 15 min - Rack, break, and rack again... each time trying to get the CB to end up in the center of the table.
Take a Break - 15 min
Angel Drill with Inside English - 20 min - Angel Drill shooting all shots with inside english. You must choose an exact target spot for the CB to be effective here.
Progressive Drill - 20 min - Throw out the 8 and 9 ball, take BIH and shoot in rotation twice. If you do that with not misses or scratches, take out 3 balls (the 7, 8 and 9) and shoot those three times and so on. If you miss or scratch, start over at 2 balls twice.