John,John Brumback said:Yes you are correct. Don't you agree though that there's not much you can do with the cueball as far as hiding It goes? Seems the bank won't go very easy If your trying to run the cueball somewhere. I like the phrase.."scrape across It" never heard It put like that. You played alot with Eddie Taylor???
If you did can you tell me what speed he hit most of his basic bank shots with? Hard,soft,medium? I never got to see him hit a ball. Bummer for me.
Thank you for your time. John B.
Many years ago when I was only 18 I went on the road with Taylor and traveled all over the country. He never got to play anyone once. Everyone knew him. He stayed in the motel mostly and sent me to play people he knew.
I never booked a loser in the entire year.
We would practice every day and he would help me with banks and one pocket. I already played 9 ball well enough.
We would practice one pocket even for a buck but he had to play me one handed at banks. He banked 14 on me in Memphis.
He taught me to play bank when many of the pool room in the South had mainly bank tables with all red balls. I still like the red balls to play bank the best. The main thing he taught was to use the vertical center of the cue ball and use speed to control the angle.
To answer your question he banked with a speed just above medium on most banks. Especially the twisters. End rail banks he hit a little harder and seemed to have the uncanny ability to miss a bank by a diamond and have it scurry in the hole. When I asked him about it he said it was the result of center ball and speed. It works.
English of any kind on a bank unless you need it for position tends to make the bank stand up in the pocket more. Especially in humid conditions.
He played twice the year we were together. In Vegas he played Ronnie even up one handed one pocket. I was a heist. Ronnie had no chance. The other time he played Ronnie in San Francisco just after RA won the one pocket tournament. Eddy robbed him.
After that he started drinking again and we parted ways.
Overall it was the experience of a lifetime.