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Old 07-27-2019, 08:07 PM
darmoose darmoose is offline
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Originally Posted by Billy Jackets View Post
If nothing else is in play,{ IF } I were shooting the spot shot to the left bottom pocket, I put the cueball on the line between the first diamond out from the left on the top rail and the 3rd diamond on the bottom rail. cueball just behind the line. That way I am soft cutting the ball to my pocket and I know my cueball will be up near the top rail on the same side of the table after I cut it and it goes 2 rails out of the opposite corner. If to the right corner do the opposite.
If you never miss no matter how much it is for ,or you are playing to have fun , fire away I guess. I would shoot it the same way for fun or for 1000 because for me it was the correct shot.
I experimented in my basement during practice,
When I was playing well, I was probably 80% to make the spot shot for a couple hundred a game shooting it straight in . I was about 70% to make it my way and the leave is almost never worth a hoot for the opponent.
It isn't so much that you lose 1 game because you missed a spot shot, the damage is you give the opponent hope. If he beats me with me needing 1, and I miss the shot and sell out , me and every other player I ever saw ,will be affected to some degree for at least a game or 2 and maybe the rest of the day. The weaker you get ,the stronger the opponent gets.
It ain't rokit sience.

I use the same basic shot that you do here. What led me to do this is (aside from the fact that I can't make normal spot shots like Beatle describes like I used to) is that I wanted to find a shot that I could use the speed to get the CB back to the top rail while softly moving the OB to my hole at pocket speed. A thin cut does that with no possibility of the OB getting on his side of the table.

After doing this for a while it is surprising how often I actually make the ball, but when I don't , there is very little left to shoot at.
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Old 07-27-2019, 08:22 PM
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i still shoot it as i said

but also frank said there were like all the other balls up table. so sending the cue ball up table isnt right as opposed to leaving it low on the rail.

its a no brainer on how to play this shot.
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Old 07-27-2019, 08:56 PM
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I'd probably drag it in, I shoot this drag shot well and rarely leave a bank if missed. Depending on the layout up table, I might put the CB in the middle of the table and saw it in with no chance of a miss going across the table.

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Old 07-28-2019, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Tom Wirth View Post
As far as shooting spot shots. A number of years ago I heard of a man who made it into the Guinness World Book of Records for the most number of consecutive spot shots. The number was staggering. Over a thousand. That number may not be accurate but whatever the number, it was a lot.

It is my understanding that he accomplished this feat by setting up a half ball hit with follow and no english. This provides the clearest possible aim point on an object ball. With a standard, comfortable stroke this also provides a very predictable cue ball path to the middle of the top rail.

With few exceptions I use this half ball hit for most spot shots. You may like to give it a look. Tom
I too use the half ball hit setup with BIH in Kitchen.

I'm always suspicious when I hear reports about staggering numbers with a feat such as the alleged Guinness record-- unless I read it myself, along with the official verified description.

I used to practice spot shots over and over using half ball hit. I took to setting challenges, like seeing if I could do 10 out of 10. I don't believe I ever did. I got 9 out of 10 several times, and bunches of 7 or 8's, but no 10/10. And that was when I could still see, and had normal depth perception.

I would challenge anyone on the forum that they could not do it. There may be one or two guys who could accomplish it --especially the better shot makers-- but the vast majority could not.

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Old 07-28-2019, 03:26 PM
Frank Almanza Frank Almanza is offline
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In my younger days before the start of a tournament a few of us would put $5 into the pot and have a mini contest to see who could do the most spot shots. In one of those sessions I did a 43 to win the money.

Little things like this helped to pay the entry into the tournaments. My 43 was without any system. I just shot them as they spotted them up.

In this scenario that I posted I was tired and had no confidence to shoot away. I was tired and that's why I chose to use lag speed.
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Old 07-28-2019, 06:49 PM
Jim McCary Jim McCary is offline
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regardless of how I feel, I am going to fire it in and draw my ball. If you slow roll you have a chance of leaving the bank, but if you miss it drawing your ball the object ball is going down table.

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