You are absolutely right on this and dont let these guys try to change your mind. These 2 guys that are saying dont shoot the 2 ball are both WRONG but they are both thick headed and would never admit they are wrong so dont worry about it. The 2 ball is THE SHOT and shooting ANYTHING else here is looking for a way to loseNot to be disagreeable but I'm 70 yrs old, set the shot up on a Gold crown and knocked it in first try and did draw the ball off the long rail into the ball on the short rail. It's not a hard shot and even if you miss the 2 ball it's going up table. I do, I have and I will shoot that shot for my money. Perhaps it's not a shot your not familiar with. I'm an old school 9 ball player and that shot came up a lot before texas express rules. it's still a shot I practice.