Your opponent has executed a safety, placing the cue ball
behind a cluster and you have to kick out and make a good hit. Do you walk up to
the table and think, “Now what do I do,” or do you think, “I know how to
Place the cue
ball in front of Diamond Point 0, from 4 inches to 3 diamonds out
from the rail.
object ball on the rail at Diamond Points 1, 2, & 3, as shown.
1-Tip of English, Right of Center on the cue ball, into Diamond Point 0
to hit the 1 ball.
2-Tips of English, Right of Center on the cue ball, into Diamond Point 0
to hit the 2 ball.
3-Tips of English, Right of Center on the cue ball, into Diamond Point 0
to hit the 3 ball.
Explanation: The diamonds numbered 1-10 at the bottom of the photo, going right
and up the bottom rail, are referred to as DP, meaning: Diamond Points .
diamonds numbered 1-11 at the top of the photo are referred to as the DCP,
meaning: Diamond Contact Points,
1 ball in this diagram is located at the TDP, meaning: Target Diamond
cue balls have a number on them. This means the number of CUE STICK TIPS to use
from the center out (also see the suggested striking point diagram above).
the cue ball in front of (DP) 0, about 4 inches or more off the rail as
shown above (the added cue
balls on the ball path in the diagram indicate optional points to shoot the cue
the 1 ball on the rail at TDP number 4, as shown above.
Right of Center, into DCP 1, to hit the 1 ball at TDP 4, or
Right of Center, into DCP 2, to hit the 1 ball on TDP 4,
Right of Center, into DCP 3 to hit the 1 ball on TDP 4,
Right of Center, into DCP 4 to hit the 1 ball on TDP 4.
the math! At DP0 using 3
Tips + DCP1 (the
Cue Ball Path) = TDP 4 (the
Target object ball)
the cue ball is on, that DP and the DCP directly across become the new
0 points to begin adding the TIPS plus DCP spaces to hit the TDP.
counting the number of DP’s from DP-0 to the TDP (the object ball to kick at).
Next, add 0,
1, 2, or 3 (Cue TIPS of English) plus a DCP number until it equals A,
the TDP spaces to hit total (see the diagram below: The TDP diamond
number value is 4).
The TIP number, plus the DCP number must equal the TDP
spaces number. Count how 3+1,
2+2, 1+3 or 0+4 all equal reaching the TDP space number 4).
You can find these drills in their entity in Pro Skill
Drills’ Volume 1 Book and DVD, endorsed by Nick Varner.