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Robert Byrne – The Basic Principle

The basic principle

Here is the secret of the frozen-ball shot reduced to a minimum. How often can you run the 8-ball the rail past the side pocket and into the corner? Two or three times out of ten tries would be commendable for the uneducated. Now that you know the secret of hitting the rail slightly first, you should be able to make it seven or eight times out to ten. (I just tried it and made nine out of ten, and I’m not a great shotmaker.)The cueball will carom off the 8-ball roughly as indicated by the solid line. Why this works is explained on page 24 of Byrne’s Advanced Techique in Pool and Billiards (1990).

The shot is also makeable by hitting the 8-ball and the rail at the same time using outside (left, in this case) English to eliminate the throw effect. This approach brings the cueball off the rail along the dashed line. Throw is eliminated by outside English because the cueball rolls off the object ball instead of rubbing against it during the millisecond of contact.


By: Marty Kaczmarowski, APA 7

Bar Box 8-Ball By: Marty Kaczmarowski, APA 7

It’s the start of the game and you have solids.  You see that your opponent may have some issues even if you miss.  Go for the bank on your first shot!  Get that trouble ball off that rail and be aggressive here.  Banking balls at the right time in a game can be very strategic.

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The Draw Curve

205 The draw curve Shooting in the rail with draw makes the cueball path curve. Here you not only escape without hitting the 4-ball by...

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