This Video is a Practice Drill
This is a pool practice drill that my snooker coach demonstrated to me during an hour session in Nottingham.
The idea is to play all of the shots from the same cue ball and object ball location and achieve different track lines by changing your stroke.
Changing the Stroke Changes the Track Line
The position of the hit on the cue ball combined with changes in your stroke will result in the white ball travelling down a different line. By learning how and when to adjust your grip and stroke you will develop a “feel” for the shot and the ability to direct the cue ball in many different directions.
The pace of the shot will also affect the track line, generally speaking the white will follow the tangent less on softer shots.
Control the white so that the white ball just touches the target ball softly if it doesn’t then make adjustments.
The Tangent line and Cue ball Speed.
This is important enough that it needs to be the subject of its own article but I will sum up the issue for this practice drill.
The cue ball will follow the tangent on all cut shots prior to leaving the line and moving in the intended direction due to the applied spin.
The harder the white ball is struck, the longer distance it will stay on the tangent line.
The softer the shot the quicker the spin will take effect.
Observing the Results of Your Actions.
When you are practicing set specific goals, observe the results, make necessary adjustments to achieve the goal. Then observe/adjust, observe/adjust.