Winning shot - what did I do?

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Winning shot - what did I do?

Postby Drifter1 on Sun Jun 03, 2007 2:11 pm

Good morning (or evening!)

During my match on Tuesday night, I was faced with a couple of difficult shots but ended up making both to win my match. Here's the first setup. Let's see if you can see what I did:






I'm shooting stripes. The 8-ball is blocking the pocket, so the 9 wouldn't go there. I found a shot, made it, and ended up in a great position for the win.


Here's the second situation:




I'm shooting on the 8-ball. It is kissing up against the 6 and doesn't have a clear path to the corner pocket. I called the shot and it went clean for the win. Let's see if you can see what I shot.

In both situations, the shot I called went, fortunately. I knew I had a chance at both, but there wasn't anything guaranteed about them.
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Postby vicdotcom on Sun Jun 03, 2007 2:27 pm

Hmmm ok ill take a shot at this. For the top shot I am guessing that you did a 2 rail bank into the top right corner.

For the bottom shot I would guess the same type of 2 rail bank into the top side pocket.

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Postby Drifter1 on Sun Jun 03, 2007 2:44 pm

Excellent! With one minor correction. On the first, I saw the angle between the 9 and 10 and thought to deflect the cue off of the 9 into the 10 and sink it in the upper corner pocket. I used low right English on the shot and it worked like a charm, 10 in the corner. The 9 did the double bank into the upper right corner pocket and the cue ended up for a straight in on the 8-ball, a few inches in front of the 5. There were about 20 people watching and there was quite the "OOH!" from the crowd, even from my opponent who high-fived me.

The second shot was exactly that, two bank into the side, a very nice finish to a run for the win of the game and match. There were a few people watching that one too who didn't really see what I was going to do until I called the pocket. It was a great way to finish the match.
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Postby vicdotcom on Sun Jun 03, 2007 5:24 pm

Nice shooting. Nothing like making a great shot :) I actually forgot that the 9 was a strped ball there for a second on the top table lol For some reason I had a brain fart and was only looking at the 10 haha

Now when you kissed off the 9 ball did the cue go rail first into the 10? or did it kiss right from the 9 to the 10? From the picture there it looks like a pretty tight angle to billiard into the 10 and pocket.


But now that I look at the top shot again with the 9 and 10 in play. Did you think about shooting a safe? a slow shot hitting the left side of the 10 would have left the cue right behind the 9 blocking off any shot from the opponent possibly giving you bih.

Nice shooting :)

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Postby Drifter1 on Tue Jun 05, 2007 3:04 am

Honestly, Vic, I didn't think about a safety because I've shot a fair amout of deflection shots to have a "feel" for it. And, I'm a rather aggressive player mostly and usually prefer to "go for it" if I think I have a fair chance to make the shot. The cue deflected from the 9 directly into the 10 and in the corner, clean, and that was what I was shooting for. The 9 going two banks into the other corner was a coincidence (or accident) because I wasn't even looking at the angle on it. But, it just went in nice and clean and left me straight on the 8. I couldn't have played it better if I tried.
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