James Auger from Greenback, TN 37742 on 7/18/2008 11:57:57 AM
Dear Mr. Bryne,
I would like to put a brief exercise on position into my WEB site. You are acknowledged as the originator of this exercise. I copied the words. I am a BCA certified instructor.
A Game that teaches Cue ball Control
Most players spend far too much of their practice time pocketing balls and not nearly enough on positioning the cue ball. Working on shots you usually miss or that are hard to make is okay, but it is more productive to set up easy shots and try to make the cue ball bend to your will. A player who thinks ahead and has an obedient cue ball doesn't need outstanding shot- making ability because he usually leaves himself something easy. To encourage students to practice cue ball control I have devised a game involving the ten shots given in the next seven diagrams. In each case it's easy to pocket the ball. The challenge is to make the cue ball behave properly. The shots are worth one point each (perfect score: ten) and the players have two chances at each one. On shots with a "target zone," the cue ball must stop entirely within it to score. Don't worry about duplicating the exact paths in the diagrams; the only condition is to get the cue ball to the required destination. Also, the exact position of the balls is not critical; players can make minor adjustments before shooting if they like. If you play alone, keep track of your scores as a measure of progress. As a contest against one or more players~ it's best to let each player try one or two shots per turn rather than all ten. Ties can be broken by playing the game again without the second-chance option, or by using shots of your own devising. The name of the game is Position. If people would play it once in a while instead of the same old eight-ball all the time, America would enjoy a much better class of pool player.Position shot No. I-Precision draw The one-ball is one diamond from the comer, the two is in the jaws, and the cue ball is wherever you want it to be. The object is to sink both balls on one shot with draw.
Position shots Nos. 2, 3, & 4-Draw and follow
Place the cue ball and three approximately as shown.
Shot No. 2: The object of shot No.2 is to pocket the three and draw the cue ball to within one ball-width of the left-hand side rail.
Shot No.3: Pocket the three and by using follow leave the cue ball within one ball-width of the right-hand side rail.
Shot No.4: Pocket the ball and with follow make the cue ball bank across the table and stop within two ball-widths of the left side rail.
Position shots Nos. 5 & 6---Draw and cushion carom
Shot No. 5: Shot No.5 calls for making the black ball and the five on one stroke using draw.
Shot No. 6: In shot No.6 the cue ball must pocket the black ball and rebound off the rail into the six.
Shot No. 7: Position shot No.7-Up and down distance control
After a thin cut of the black ball into the side pocket, the cue ball must travel up and down the table and come to rest within one diamond of the end rail. (On shots like this the shooter must integrate two variables, speed and thin- ness of hit. The thinner the hit the less speed is needed. Under game conditions, a third variable, English must be weighed and blended with the others.)
Position shot No. 8-Five-rail distance control
The cue ball must cut a ball into the side pocket and travel four or five rails to die within a target zone one diamond wide and one diamond deep.
Position shot No.9-Force follow
This takes a firm stroke and high right-hand English. After pocketing the nine-ball, the cue ball follows through three rails into the target zone.
Position shot No. 10-Power draw
The most difficult of the ten position practice shots. This shot is far beyond the reach of most beginners. Not only must the cue ball be given lively draw action but left-hand English as well so that when it touches the rail it will spurt toward the target zone. Think twice before gambling with anybody who can make this shot consistently. (A restriction: The cue ball must touch the side rail on the near side of the side pocket.)
1 Examples: From Standard Book of Pool and Billiards by Robert Byrne