- Jul 5, 2004
Bill, thank you for asking. It is a good question. My answer is pretty simple. First you must keep in mind that you are playing on a pool table not a 3 cushion table which plays much faster allowing for a smoother more effortless stroke. The four rail shot also brings into play both side pockets which is unnecessary when playing more directly between the eight and five. With your expertise with moving the cue ball multiple rails the four rail option may play better. But for most pool players the less the cue ball is moving the better the percentages work.Tom; Why do YOU think going 4 cushions is the wrong choice here?
I gave my reasons and opinions, just curious what yours are!
I understand your point in that the angle of approach onto the eight and five work far better than this two rail angle. Speed control is critical and should you hit the eight on the way up, you are dead in your tracks. That is one reason I like the cross over bank first. This gives me a very direct, controllable path to those two balls and the win.