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Draw / Follow shot

The draw shot is used to spin the cue ball backwards.

For that, we position the tip of the cue on the low part of the cue ball:

low hand for billiard draw shots
 

DRAW SHOT' STANDARD TRAJECTORIES

Here are some backspin trajectories:
 

Full

Aiming center

full billiard aim
Angle 0 °: we returns on the initial spot

drawshot with full billiard aim

3/4 full

Aiming 1/4 radius from the center

3/4 full billiard aim
Angle 22 °
draw shot with 3/4 full aim in billiard

3/4

Aiming 1/2 radius from the center

aiming 3/4 of the billiard ball
Angle 45 °

1/2 ball

Aiming 1 radius from the center

aiming 1/2 ball
Angle 90 °

draw shot in billiard with 1/2 aiming

1/2 BALL DRAW SHOT

The final direction corresponds to an angle of 90° compared to the axis of the cue and, a ball before the impact point.

draw shot 1/2 ball

Here is the demonstration on the table:


 

3/4 BALL DRAW SHOT


How to determine easily the 45 degree's final direction ?

Visualize this angle with precision, we proceed in 2 times:

1) to imagine a 4th ball representing the cue ball in contact with the played ball
2) to visualize the direction of the cue ball, look for a point at a distance "4th ball - cue ball" from the cue ball's center situated on a line perpendicular at the cue axis.

This is illustrated by the following video:

OTHER DRAW SHOT TRAJECTORIES

In practice, the real direction of the cue ball is not exactly one of the previous ones.

Here is a method to go in any direction:

* draw a line from where we want to go and the center of the played ball
* aim at the intersection of this line and the played ball's circumference

The following sketch illustrates these remarks:

any direction billiard draw shot

This is also illustrated by the following video:

FOLLOW SHOT

The follow shots are used to make the cue ball rolling ahead.
For that, we position the tip on the high part of the cue ball:
hand
 

THE GESTURE

The gesture must be slow.
If we want to advance more, the gesture will be slow again and we put our hand at the end of the cue.
 

Full aim direction

We aim on the center of the 2nd ball.



The deviation is 0 ° ( Straight on )

Aiming 1/2 ball:

We aim at 1 radius from the center of the 2nd ball



The deviation is 37° compared to the axis of the cue


 

Aiming from 1/3 to 3/4 ball:

The final deviation is the practically the same when aiming 1/2 ball

Any direction' follow shot

This is a method for any direction with a follow shot:

* to draw a line from where we want to go and the center of the played ball
* to aim the imaginary point located at the intersection of this line with the back part of the the played ball circumference's

Here is a diagram illustrating these remarks:



This is illustrated in the following video:


 

The center spot of the cue ball is often used in carom billiard.
 

CENTER SHOT

The tip is positioned on the equator part of the cue ball:

hand for center spot billiard shot
 

Full trajectory

Aim the played ball full minus 1 or 2 mm



Direction 90 °( a right angle before the played ball )

1/2 ball

Aiming at 1 radius from the center



Deviation 60 °

Full aim

The video watches the right angle obtained by the ball before when we aim full minus 1 or 2 mm.

The angle showed does not seem to be a right angle because of the camera distortion.

HOW TO FIND THE CENTER'S HEIGHT


How to make a good hand bridge for a center shot ?

1) put the 2 balls close
2) the tip must touch the cue ball to the same height as the point of contact of the 2 balls


 

With attack at the center

Maxi deflection angle will be obtained with an aiming full minus 1 or 2 mm ( right angle ).
For an aimed specific quantity the trajectory of ball 1 will be a tangent at the ball 2 at the impact point.

direction in billiard with center attack

If balls 1 and 2 are not near one from another, or if the shot is not strong enough, a rotation will be induced.
Instead of gliding on the table, the friction of the cloth will provoke a rotation onwards ( ahead shot ).

--> It will be difficult to control the final deflection in relation to the aiming axis.
This deflection will be less than the theoretical one.

If the shot is stronger than normal an explosion phenomenon will take place.
At the moment of the impact the ball 2 will throw off ball 1 to the side more stronger than normal.

--> It could be interesting to use this technical shot in order to obtain more final deflection.

The angle of ball 1/ball 2 after the shock is a 90' angle::


 

direction of billiard ball



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