What Would a Sucker Do?
If you look around the room and donâ€™t see any suckersâ€¦.YOU are the sucker!
You made all of your stripes and are now on the 8-ball. Â Â Your opponent has one solid left.Â Â What do you do?
Idea #1: â€œSoftly hit the right side of the 8-ball, leaving the cue ball hidden safely behind it!â€
Idea #2: â€œSlow roll the cue ball into the 8-ball leaving them a long shot on their solid!â€
Idea #3: â€œBank the 8-ball in the side pocket!â€
Â Whatâ€™s wrong with these ideas?
Idea #1:Â This is extremely difficult to execute successfully.
Idea #2:Â This increases the likelihood of your opponent running out and winning the game.
Idea #3:Â The side pocket is less forgiving than the corner pocket.Â If you miss, you may leave them an easy run out.
Most of the time, attempting a bank shot is not the wisest course of action. Â However, in this example it makes sense to go for a â€œtwo-wayâ€ shot, which allows you to attempt the bank while also leaving your opponent with a difficult shot if you miss.Â To execute this shot like a pro, it is important that you bank it with the proper speed to leave the cue ball in a safe place near the end rail and the 8 in front of the pocket in case you miss.Â If you donâ€™t win the game with this shot, your opponent is left with a tough long shot on his last ball and virtually no options to play safe.Â By choosing to approach this as a two-way shot, you will greatly increase your odds of winning this game.