- May 25, 2004
That’s what Joe might have done - three rail cross the 9 and kick the 8 into his pocket on the same shot, then bank the 5 for the winI like three-railing the 9 ball, crossing it. Looks like almost a natural path for Jojo to come off the long rail and roll on the 8 ball. Might be really good. Money shot.
I tried to set it up and shoot it on my 8 ft table, but I had to hit it too hard. I could hit the 8 ball, and even made it a couple of times, but nearly always left a straight shot on the 5. Cushions are pretty dead, but even so . . . Could not stiff it, either. Thinking now that I would have to bank the 9 at the 8 and take Jojo uptable.
Like I said before you are usually spot on with your assessment. That's my shot as well. Monk played that shot against me forty years ago and stole the game, I'll never forget the shot.Kick to the end rail at the 9 ball and 2 rail it to your hole while sticking the cb there. Lays pretty good!
Bank the 9 into the 4 with right hand spin firm enough to have cueball travel 4 cushions around the table for shape. (short, long, short, long rails). It's a hanger for Mr. Huey and Bill
If it doesn't lay right then I'm going with extreme check shot and I don't "care" if I miss the 5 and foul. Another ball on the spot will cause complications and tougher for him to defend. Won't miss on purpose but I'm going thin. 1-800 Jenny thin.
I like this shot, best for me. K
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Nice room! And great response! Wheres the pockets? LolGiven the score and the position, it's time to go for the win, right now. The cross-corner 9-4 combo, the 3-rail bank on the 9, and kicking the 9 two rails are the only ways I see to make a ball. I don't like the 9-4 bank-combo, as it might leave an easy bank. Banking the 9 three rails is impossible to hold from that angle (even with a stop shot and max spin-induced throw to stiffen it), so while you can make the ball, you can't get out this inning. I like kicking the 9 two rails, because you can easily hold whitey behind the 5 and 4, and even if you just put the 9 close to the hole you leave him with a tough defensive reply.
You need max high of course to hold the cue ball close to short rail. The key to the shot is judging the right amount of English. Obviously not right English, which could scratch, and no English could float whitey out to the long string where you can't make the 5. They answer (I believe) is to use just the right amount of left English so that you hit the 9 very full, and the cue ball then either stops dead or just moves a few inches (about a tip-and-a-half of reverse on my table).
Sorry, no pool table at home, but the principles are identical. I didn't make it on the first try, but then again I'm not Cuban. What I did like about the shot is that it's not difficult to get close, the speed required is straight-forward, I almost always held it on the shot rail (when using reverse), and I never scratched. This makes it a strong defensive shot also. KyBanks and Bill got it right first. Nice question Jerry!! Keep 'em coming!
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