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Object Ball's Shadow As Aiming Point

Object Ball's Shadow As Aiming Point

Does anybody use the shadow of the object ball as an aiming point? I have been playing around with this for a couple weeks now and its legit.

Since I've gotten back into shooting, my side shots have been a nightmare. I've tried just about everything with short term successes on occasion. I went to the shadows as a center cue ball reference and been very successful. If you look close enough, there may be multiple shadows and gaps between the shadows. Each is pointing towards a pocket (usually). If you aim center cue ball over the very edge of the shadow, you will be surprised at the result.

Like anything, check it out (if you are struggling with cut shots) and you just might find it works.

Object Ball's Shadow As Aiming Point

Replies & Comments

  1. metguyuser1477865087 on 10/30/2016 6:04:49 PM

    I think your system works similar to this, see below. I got this from billiards.colostate.edu/threads/aiming.html.

    I just came across your post, because I was looking at aiming systems.

    How does the "bottom-of-the-ball aiming" aiming system work?

    "Bottom-of-the-ball" aiming is a way to visualize the required contact point on the object ball (assuming no throw). First visualize the required cut angle for the shot as shown in "a" in the diagram below. Then visualize this same angle on the face of the object ball, as shown in "b" below. If the vertex of the angle is on the edge of the ball, and one leg of the angle goes through the center of the ball with the other leg vertical, the necessary contact point (CP) is where the vertical leg crosses the ball's equator.


    Below is an example for a 1/2-ball hit, 30-degree cut shot (from Patrick Johnson).


  2. metguyAugiebear323 on 3/9/2017 2:26:00 PM

    Not sure if shooting the shadow as referred to above is the same as what I do on many of my shots, but here goes!

    I place the tip of my cue at the bottom of the object ball towards the widest part of the pocket I'm shooting at and if I hit that spot the ob goes in. It doesn't matter if it's straight in or a cut, as long as you hit the spot, or reflection exactly, the ob will hit the center of the widest part of the pocket! Obviously if you don't hit that spot as accurately as possible you will rattle or miss, focus is the key along with pocket speed, not rocket speed. NOTE: I did not say center of the pocket, but the widest!!

    For those hunters out there here is an example: if you aim at the whole deer you will miss or wound the deer. If however you aim like I do, 3 inches below the jaw and half the distance of the neck, you have a dead deer. Or if something spooks the deer as your focusing on that shot, you have a clean miss, no wounded deer, to run off and be lost.

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Object Ball's Shadow As Aiming Point

  • Title: Object Ball's Shadow As Aiming Point
  • Author: (Jeff Hewitt)
  • Published: 11/2/2015 7:07:21 AM