I've had this shot or similar, twice in the last week. I'm never comfortable.
Any suggestions, safety or otherwise.
In general I like the inside english cut back bank, but not from this far over and with the cue ball that deep on the other end -- it looks way too tough to hit accurately as this one lies for me. I think it pretty likely that anyone who sets this up and tries it once, will find the cue ball also gets away a lot more than you intend. JMO
The two-railer also looks tough to shoot to make. At this angle, I would not expect the cue to stay that tight to the end rail if the seven is headed toward my hole. It might be best to two-rail it just to the foot rail, not trying to make the ball.
I might cut the 7 over to the right side rail and use top left to position the cue ball to the left side rail, leaving them parallel across (someone already mentioned this).
I don't like thinning and coming back down -- with my luck I would pocket the 7 in that top right corner and it would come on to the spot and leave a juicy shot. Plus there are other ways to leave either a straight back or a three railer for the opponent.
Steve the shot you diagrammed is the proper shot... only a complete imbecile would attempt to make the 2 railer from this position
No, actually that is why YOU would have needed a couple balls from the 'imbecile'.. :sorry
PS..Key word in my description, is "toward" my hole..Forcing a 'C' player (you) to deal with it, rather than leaving a "gimme" safety..Isn't one pocket still all about 'controlling' the game ? Or has that changed since you became an authority ? LOLROTFLMFAO..
Is the seven too close to the rail to kick it one rail in the direction to your pocket, and sort of kill the cue ball? If it is, then still keep that shot in mind, if the seven is out a fraction more. Scott Frost goes over many kicks that are not obvious in his great instructional dvd which are very handy...
I saw this one. I do think the illustration shows it too close but if it is another ball width away from the rail, you can do this and stick the cue ball where it is. I've seen Dave Krenzell do this and make it although it is a good shot if you just get close.
Ist try = After the first shot (one rail) my opponent missed but hung the ball and I had to follow it in.
2nd try= After the second try, which I shot hard to prevent an easy crossbank, he got very close but didn't make it but left me tough.
After trying a few answers, I liked Doc's reply about rolling up to the ball and trying to kiss it easily. I only missed the kiss once (10 tries) and left a cut at the pocket.
Thanks for all ideas.