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Billiard Drills with Playing the Ghost


Billiard Drills with Playing the Ghost

I have been looking for a drill that I used to use but I can't remember what it's called. I found it in Pool and Billiards Magazine years ago...it was playing the ghost with a tally sheet and scoring system to keep track of your progress and sort of rank yourself. If anyone knows anything about this drill I would appreciate the information.

Billiard Drills with Playing the Ghost

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  1. David1980Fenwick on 11/26/2009 7:40:55 PM

    I did a search and here's what I found.

    Here are the basic rules. You break the rack and then get "ball in hand" for your first shot, meaning that you can place the cue ball anywhere on the table. From there, your goal is to run the whole rack (or, as in 8-ball, the solids or stripes, plus the 8). You must win the game during this turn at the table. If you miss or scratch, it's considered a win for the "ghost," your imaginary opponent who automatically runs the table whenever he gets the chance. As far as the endpoint, you can play to a certain number of games (say, 10, for example, so the final score might be 8-2 or 6-4, etc.), or you can play until you or the ghost reaches a certain number of games (called a "race," as in "race to 7").

  2. David19808ball48043 on 12/21/2009 1:04:20 PM

    That's it. It's called "Playing the Ghost". A lot of pros use this drill ... so I am told!

  3. David1980Mitch Alsup on 12/21/2009 3:57:53 PM

    There are several variations of ghost, but in general if you not make the last ball, the ghost wins.

    Variations:

    Ladder Ghost: Start wtih 3 balls on the table, give yourself BIH, and pot all three balls. Race Ghost to 10. If you get to 10 before Ghost gets to 5, add a ball and continue. If Ghost gets to 10 before you get to 5, subtract a ball and continue. Otherwise continue with another race to 10. If you can keep your ball count above 7, you are doing really well.

    3-ball ghost: you get 4 strokes to break and pot all 3 balls 6-ball ghost: you get 7 strokes to break and pot all 6 balls 8-ball ghost: you get a break, then BIH, and you have to run the table 9-ball ghost: you get a break, then BIH, and you have to run the table 14.1 ghost: roll 15 balls on the table, give yourself BIH, run table, last ball must have break potential.

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Billiard Drills with Playing the Ghost

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  • Published: 11/26/2009 12:55:16 AM