by: Ken “Sarge” Aylesworth
This month’s Artistic Pool Shot is from the Follow Discipline
and has a Degree of Difficulty (DOD) of 9
This follow shot requires great accuracy in the amount of ball hit on object ball one.
Let’s look at the set up. Object ball 1 and 2 are set up frozen to the cushion at the diamond segments shown. The C ball is one diamond from pocket C and approximately one eigth of an inch off of the rail. The cue ball is in hand behind the X line. The object of this shot is to shoot the cue ball into object ball one. Object ball 1 will contact object ball 2 clearing both balls. The cue ball will then travel along the cushion pocketing the C ball.
Here are a couple of hints to help you execute this shot. I place my cue ball between one third and one half of a diamond away from the long tail. I aim at object ball one 3/4 th’s full as if I were cutting the ball to the right. I use as much follow as I can on the cue ball with a medium hard stroke. Getting the correct hit on the first ball to clear the second is the key. You should be able to adjust hit and speed for the direction of the cue ball. You also may need to adjust how far the cue is off the rail.
It is a tricky shot, but I’m sure you will get it with pratice.
Have fun with this shot.