- Games, Toys, and Hobbies
Billiards Strategy - Defense and Safety Play
This is a hot topic in pool rooms across America
In America, the ages we spent playing behind the line 8 ball bread a certain mind state about playing defensive shots in pool. Due to the fact that you could not shoot at a ball that was behind the line without going down the table and back and ball in hand was not an option, a was frowned upon in most circles. defensive shot
There have been many a bar fight started over an incident related to this rule. One player gets stuck in position where if they contact their ball they lose, and they don't want to shoot at it. There was no rule to govern such an incident, and thankfully, someone finally had the sense to change it. That occurrence is why I am writing this hub. Hopefully, this information will help to solve any further disputes before they happen.
A great shaft for any cue
Defense and safety play
However, your average American pool players have been playing 8 ball on 6 and 7 ft pool tables for years and years in bar rooms and they frowned on safety play. The rules of the day were cue ball behind the line on a scratch, which created a conflict when there were object balls trapped behind that line, or on other parts of the table. One could just simply shoot away, not attempting to do anything other than re-position the cue ball. The rules weren't really written to deal with this situation. Thus, if you attempted to play defense, you were doing something less than honorable.
In today's standard rules, there are points written out specifically to deal these instances. Now, every shot must be a legal strike, which includes contacting the correct ball and one or more ball reaching a rail after contact. They instituted ball in hand as well, as a penalty for failing to make a legal attempt at a shot. Together, the create a standard definition for what a legal turn at the table is, which makes defensive play much more agreeable to everyone.
A book on Easy Safety Play
The great part of playing safties and defense
is that can help you gain control of a match. Sometimes, your opponents offense is stronger than yours, and the best option available to you is to slow them down with some safety play. In turn, it also opens up your offense. Much like a football expression I like to use, offense sells tickets, and defense wins championships.
Making the right decision when you are at the table will decide your fate for you before you bend over on most shots. You will increase your probability for success greatly by knowing when to shoot at it, and when to pass and leave your opponent tough. This knowledge allows you to prevent over working, and attempting low percentage shots. There is usually a relatively easy safety available, and knowing when to use it and when to not will improve your winning percentages.
For instance, you have one ball left on the table before the money ball. So does your opponent. However, you have a very tough cut/bank to shoot, or an easy safe. Don't let your pride tempt you to do something wild here. Take a measured roll at the ball and shoot a defensive shot at your opponent. Likely, you will get a much better look at your next shot, and a win once you make your money ball. Pool and billiards are definitely thinking games.
This is just one aspect of pool and billiards. There are many areas of pool that can be studied. Due to my in depth knowledge of the game, I have been writing a series on the how to play pool, and various other hubs about pool and billiards. The most recent one, How To Perform A Legal Jump Shot, can be found in the link. Also, here's a link to hub number 1 in the series of How To Play Pool Like A Pro. I welcome you to look through them, and choose the ones you think will help you. Otherwise, I appreciate you taking the time to read my hub, and hope the advice brings you success.
Did you enjoy the hub?
- rclinton5280 on HubPages
Welcome to Hub Pages. My name is Robert Clinton. If this is your first visit to this community, you are in for a treat. This site is a...
- Learn How To Play Pool Like A Pro - Lesson On Cue Sp...
This a hub on beginner pool techniques. The material covers good billiards stance, swing, and bridge. This information is good for 8 ball or 9 ball.
- Learn How To Play Pool Like A Pro - Lesson 1 Control...
This is lesson 1 in a series on pool and billiards skills.
- Learn How to Play Pool Like A Pro - Lesson 2 Masteri...
This hub is part of a series on learning to play pool and billiards. Lesson 2 is on cue ball angle.
- Learn How To Play Pool Like A Pro? Lesson 3 - Spin
This is the last hub in the series on improving billiards and pool abilities. This material covered is applying spin to the cue ball.
- How to Perform a Legal Jump Shot - Jumping The Cue Ball Without Scooping
This is a hub on how to jump a cue ball when playing pool and billiards. There are instructions, diagrams, and strategy for using a jump shot in pool.
- The Best Pool Cues Money Can Buy - Black Boar Custom...
This is a hub on the best high end pool cues. Both custom and production cues are covered in this article.
- The Beauty Of Pool - Gold For Your Soul
This is a hub about the beauty of billiards and pool as an art. This is a first person perspective on the effects of the game on my life.
- The Beauty Of Pool - A Close Up Of The 8 Best Player...
This is an inside look into the world of pool. There are insider scoops and first hand accounts with some of the best pool players in the world.