- Dec 16, 2008
I like both your shots as an answer to the break here, but I would lean more toward banking the 3ball into the 12ball and at the same time trying not to disturb the balls on Reyes side that don't go in his pocket.....8..10..and 15ball I would play the cue ball two cushions underneath the stripe, with a medium hard speed. I see good things happening with that shot, and it seems to me to be a lower risk shot than kicking at the stripe in front of Reyes pocket, at least to me.Lotta possibilities here, 1rail kick the striped ball by Alex's pocket, etc...I'll look longer, but my first thought is that most likely I'll be choosing to bank the red ball either firmly into the stack (power shot) or just over to my side of the table (less aggressive, more control), while going 2 rails with the cueball to billiard the striped ball away from Alex's pocket.
Your choice has some benefit but I don't like leaving the stripe in front of Reyes pocket.:sorry You're gambling too much on the shot working out imo, and if it doesn't you will most likely be in a tough position. Also, I don't believe you can pocket the 3ball considering how the 6ball is positioned (too close to the rail)and to make the 6ball requires a thinner cut with the 3ball, if it's even possible. If the 6ball was positioned another inch from the rail it would be a much better opotion, imo, and one that I would shoot.I would bank the red 3 ball into the rail just behind the 6 ball and spin the cue ball out to the middle of the table.
If I make the 3 ball I will have a shot on the 6 ball. If not I will still be safe.
Bernie, good eye with your depiction of the kick into the 6ball but like you say there may not be enough room to execute the shot. It's funny how a 1/2" can be the difference in deciding to shoot a shot, or pass up on it. Take for instance Stroud's bank on the 3ball into the rail and then into the 6ball in hopes to pocket the 3ball off the 6ball. With his option the 6ball is positioned too close to the bottom rail to bank on that happening, he agreed. With your suggestion on kicking the 6ball, the 6ball is positioned 'too far' from the rail to make the shot inviting. If the 6ball was positioned around 1/2" off the rail that would be the best shot...hands down. However, like we all know a half inch can make a "big" difference. If you know what I mean.Interesting layout with plenty of options for Efren....
Does Efren have a natural angle to kick softly (pocket speed) one rail to the green 6 ball, just missing the 15 ball by Alex's hole?
If so, and he makes it....Efren is clearly out of the trap and favorite to win the game.
If not, the 6 would be hung by Efren's hole and Alex would have no offensive shot. Granted he could then easily make the 6 and put Efren in trouble behind the stack.
Other than that, I agree, the carom to move the 15 by Alex's hole is crucial.
I absolutely agree it would then be the best shot..I'm always on the lookout for that shot...Bernie, to make the shot inviting. If the 6ball was positioned around 1/2" off the rail that would be the best shot...hands down. However, like we all know a half inch can make a "big" difference. If you know what I mean.
Maybe 1/2" off the rail is a little too far but the best position for the 6ball to be in would be 1/4' off the rail. I say this because of the "closeness" the 6ball is from the pocket. I also feel that the "sweet spot" for the shot shooting at a ball 1/4" off the rail is larger than if it was 1/8" off the rail, particularly when you consider the distance the 6ball is from the pocket. You actually have more latitude with the extra 1/8 " with a ball 1/4" off the rail. Imo.I absolutely agree it would then be the best shot..I'm always on the lookout for that shot...
But, Dr. Billy...if I may be so bold.....
Rather than 1/2" off the rail...the optimum distance off of the rail for kicking a ball in, is for it to be from 1/8" to 1/4" off the rail - 1/8" being best...at 1/8" off the rail, you have a big target because you can make it ball first or rail first..and just as important, safety-wise, if you don't make the ball, at 1/8" off the rail, you won't be able to hit under the ball enough to clip it up to the long rail above the pocket points and leave a cross-corner bank to your opponent.
- Ghost<------Winner of a kick shot prop bet at the Galveston One Pocket tournament 3 years ago...:heh