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Take all 15 balls, and place them randomly between the two side pockets with between 1.5 and 2 ball widths away from each other. Give yourself BIH, and make all 15. Any miss == start all over.
Extra credit: Make all 15 without using any rails. See how many times you can run all 15 out without a miss.
You will probably start with 3-5 balls in a row, after a couple of weeks of practice, you will be nearing 1 whole rack. After another couple of weeks, you will be running multiple racks. This is just great for picking apart not-so-well broken racks.
Addendum to quickshot's list:
25 jump shots; 25 gentle massés; 25 jump-massés -- you just never know when it will save your a$$
50 bank shots where english changes the angle of reflection of the OB at rail contact
50 kick shots where english changes the angle of reflection of the CB at rail contact.
6*15 kick shots from various diamond positions to all pockets
50 power draw -- where the CB after OB contact travels in a parabolic arc
50 force follows -- where the CB after rail contact contacts same rail again
50 inside + 50 outside english shots -- where you HAVE to compensate for Spin-induced-Throw to pot the OB.
50 easy shots where the object is to hit a third ball on the table with CB after potting OB.
50 CB + 50 OB shoot CB at OB and make the CB or OB stop at (within 1 inch) the intersection of long-rail and side rail diamonds -- speed control, english control.
Place OB 1" from corner pocket, place CB at any pocket, roll CB so that it touches the OB, drives it towards the pocket, but leaves it on the table. Straight shots , kicks, 3-rails. Speed control.
25 place OB where it cannot be cut into the side pocket with CB in kitchen, 1-rail and 2-rails into OB into side. For fun, also place interfering balls at random points causing you to use english to pot OB.
On the long shots in practice, try to place the CB at the same point after each shot--alternately, pick a diamond intersection differently each time--only count 'made' if both OB get potted, and CB lands appropriately.
Here's a drill my Dad taught me. The shooter sets up the balls as shown. It's up to the shooter as to how close to the pocket or whether the balls are touching. Sink them all in the fewest number of shots.
"Fenwick...if you get everything you listed done in the time you listed, that's pretty good in my books."
Why thank you. It's not as hard as it seems and time fly's when you're having fun. I actually hate drills but one needs to do what needs to be done to progress and move forward. I know many players stuck in place simply because they refuse to do drills or learn new things because they are either to boring or it's too hard to change?
A few small color coding labels placed on the table can help you do mother drills the same way each time. Mark where your bridge hand thumb base comes to rest on the table, cue ball location, object ball location and last your finish location. How far you follow through. After 30 or 40 days it should become ingrained. I'm a slow learner so it's taking me longer.
Here's a tip I did not give in my first post. Many pool halls have mirrors. Take your normal stance or address to the cue ball and hold it. Stand up and see if your elbow is at 90 degrees. Yes or no place a rubber band where you should be at 90 degrees on the butt of your cue. Mine is 3 1/2 inches from the bottom of the wrap on my cue. Next take a pencil and mark your pivot point or what is otherwise known as your bridge length. It's what I call my training wheels and I've been told some old timers used this trick years ago by other old timers where I hang out.
Very good drills. I guess it depends on if you have your own table or not. I don't, and go to a billiard hall that lets me shoot for $5 between 1 pm and 7 pm. So I'm able to get a lot of practice in but not like the 100 shot type of drills. It would be different if I had my own table as I would probably try the more time consuming drills. I do the 15 balls down the center drill like Mitch mentioned above, and also the rail shot drill where the balls are like 3- 4" a part a long the rails. Its very good for slice to pocket and to draw the CB back to position on the next OB. Both are less time consuming to set up, and if your time is limited like mine you do what you can and as long as you can until someone comes in and challenges you to a game.
Just learned this one from a billiards instructor.
Drop all 15 balls, reset to begining if you break any of the following rules:
1.) Object ball does not go into the desired pocket.
2.) Cue ball goes into pocket. (Scratch)
3.) Cue ball hits more than 1 other ball per shot (i.e. Cue ball crashes into another ball after striking the object ball)
4.) Object ball crashes into another ball or back into the cueball... somehow.
5.) If you manage it, you somehow completely miss the object ball, or jump the cue ball off the table.
(Basically reset to begining if you make any mistakes, including crashing into another ball with either cue, or object.
Position the CB straight out (perpendicular) to the cushion. (start at 1 Diamond out)
Shoot the CB into the OB and make the CB come straight back to the tip.
Additional levels of OB on cushion:
(for cross-side), place CB 1, 2, 3 diamonds out and get same results).
(can also do long table for 4+ diamonds away from OB)
Same exercise, but place OB one inch from cushion
If CB comes back consistently to one side, your head is in the wrong place. There are two possible adjustments:
1. Shift the front foot sideways away from the stick - about one inch.
2. Swing your hips away from the stick - about one inch.
If the CB comes back randomly on both sides - your follow-through and stick speed is inconsistent. Concentrate on a repeatable stroke and speed. Pay attention to the cue tip to make sure it stays on a straight path.
There may be other factors, but these are the most common for regular players.
take all of the balls and place them directly in front of each pocket. for side pockets, place two balls side by side. For corners, place 3 in a triangle (except for one corner, which will take 2 balls, which will be all you have left.) Put the cue ball behind the string line. Try to sink all balls without missing a shot. It will be harder than you think. This drill will test touch and leaves.