Decisions Part I 4-2-16
Make sure you understand all of the reasons these solutions are the best AND all the reasons why the others are not.
1.You are stripes here. Do you:
A) Call safe and shoot a stop shot on the 11-ball in the corner.
B) Play safe by slow rolling the CB into the 13-ball.
C) Run them out.
C. Run them out. There is no point in playing safe here because all the balls are makeable. If you were going to play safe, you almost NEVER want to pocket any of your soldiers while doing that. Hitting the 13 would be a better safe to play because the CB would be behind the other 2 stripes and it is an easy safe to play. However, it is now time to run out.
2. You are stripes here. Do you:
A. Play safe by slow rolling the CB into the 13.
B. Shoot a stop shot on the 14.
C. Go for the run out and shoot the 12 first.
B. Not only is this the easiest shot because this OB is the closest one to the pocket and perfectly straight in, butit has a built in safety.
3. You have stripes. Do you:
A. Slow roll into the 11 ball and play safe.
B. Pocket the 11 with low left and go 3 rails to come in on-line to the 13 ball.
C. Play safe by slow rolling the CB into the 13 ball.
A. The 13 is already in a good spot, so don't mess with that. It's a big cut and a long shot with an extremely small landing target. What makes A an obvious answer is by looking at the percentage of this safe and their chances of running out with your 13 blocking both solids. This is easy to execute, low risk and almost certain you will get back to the table.
4) You have stripes. Do you:
A. Take an intentional foul and shoot the 8 into the stripe and solid to tie things up.
B. Try to make a legal hit by kicking at the 11 ball.
C. You can see the edge of the 11, so roll into it softly and call it in the corner just in case.
B. Option A. isn't terrible in that you will still probably get another shot, but why give up BIH when you can GET ball in hand. Hit the end rail with a soft speed with some right english to be sure the CB stays behind the stripe.
5) He has BIH here. What is wrong with this picture?
Shooting a straight in shot on the 15 does make the 15 easy, but makes the 8 ball much harder to shoot in a far pocket. You have BIH here and can set up an ideal angle and place the CB close to the OB for an easy run out.
Mirror Training - 10 minutes
Keep the cue as straight as possible and do practice shots while looking in the mirror. Make it perfectly straight. Be in tune with how your body feels when you are doing this.
Angel Drill - 10 minutes
Study and make any necessary improvements to your chalking routine.
Angel Drill - 15 minutes
Practice having a significant exaggerated pause.
Close Shots - 15 minutes
Put the cue ball within 1 ball's distance from the OB and shoot in the pocket. Set up all different reasonable shots and be sure to stand farther back than normal for this type of shot so you are able to see it better.
Take a Break - 10 minutes
ABC's Exercise - 20 minutes
Threes Exercise - 20 minutes
Throw out 3 OB and mark with stickers. Take BIH and run out.
Progressive Drill - 20 minutes
Beat your best score so far and record highest number of balls ran that many times. Begin with 2 balls twice, 3 balls 3 times etc.
Mantra of the week - Play crippling safes