Ask The Viper

Melissa Little


Melissa “The Viper” Little has been a WPBA Touring Professional for over 10-years, she has represented the USA in Four WPA World Championships and has over 20 top-10 WPBA career finishes. Melissa is currently the house-pro at the Wynkoop Brewing Company located in Downtown Denver. She teaches monthly clinics, gives private lessons, and has created a juniors program that promotes billiards education to the local youth. For more information about Melissa please visit:


I’ve heard of using the diamond system when lining up for a kick shot, but I still struggle with consistently getting a good hit when having to kick at a ball.

Do you have a “system” that you use?



Mirror Image System

I use the mirror image system-

So, in kicking shots, if the cue ball and object ball are parallel then all you have to do is divide the distance in half. In the above example, I am showing you that the corner pocket to the center diamond goes to the side pocket and the same on the long rail. So as long as the object balls are parallel then all you need to do is divide the distance between the cue ball/object ball in half, aim, and stroke the cue ball with center and hit with medium speed.



Now, in this example above you will notice that the cue ball and object are NOT parallel – so now you must calculate the point of contact.

A. Draw a line from the object ball to the rail and add the same amount of distance outward

B. Draw a line to/from the outward point to the cue ball

C. Where the rail intersects with the B line then that is the point of contact with the cue ball

D. So basically, you are creating an isosceles triangle – An isosceles triangle is a triangle with (at least) two equal sides

You can learn more about these kinds of topics at my next Open Clinic at the Wynkoop – scheduled for Saturday, March 26th, 2011 to sign up please call me at 720-296-5395 Best of luck to you,  Viper

If you have a question for “The Viper” please e-mail them to Melissa Little at

Pan Wins WPBA Year End Tour Championship

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – China’s Xiaoting Pan won her first and last WPBA title of 2010, pocketing the final nine to the roar of a sold-out crowd in the WPBA’s prestigious year-end Tour Championships.

Pan defeated veteran pro Karen Corr of Ireland 7-4 in the match taped for later broadcast by ESPN/ESPN2. The tour championship was hosted by the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel and included sponsorship by the American Poolplayers Association (the world’s largest pool league); Diamond Billiard Tables; Iwan Simonis billiard cloth; Aramith balls, Delta13 rack, Cuetec Cues, Pooldawg and Mueller Recreation Products.

Enjoy the following blow-by-blow of the final match!
(Race to 7, alternate break)

Xiaoting Pan-file photo

Game 1 Break: Corr makes nothing. Pan makes 1, 2, plays safe on 3. Corr misses bank. Pan runs out to lead 1-0.
Game 2 Break: Pan Makes the 7, runs the rack to take a 2-0 lead.
Game 3 Break: Corr makes 1 on the break, but then misses. Pan has open shot and runs out to go up 3-0.
Game 4 Break: Pan Makes 1 on the break then scratches on safety attempt. Corr runs the remainder of the rack and is down 1-3.
Game 5 Break: Corr makes nothing on the break. Pan plays safe but Corr makes tough cut on 1 and runs out to narrow the gap 2-3.
Game 6 Break: Pan makes nothing on the break. Corr plays safe on 1. Pan executes a jump shot and makes it, nearly runs the rack but comes up short on 8 and misses cut. Corr makes both 8 & 9 to tie the match at 3-3.
Game 7 Break: Corr Makes the 5, has no shot on the 1, so plays safe, but leaves a shot. Pan runs out for a 4-3 lead.
Game 8 Break: Pan makes nothing on the break. Corr has an open shot on 1, but is hooked on 2 and misses. Pan plays safe. Corr returns safety with a kick safety. Pan misses a jump shot. Corr miscues, and with ball in hand. Pan runs out for a 5-3 lead
Game 9 Break: Corr makes nothing on the break. Pan rolls out. They trade safeties until Pan scratches on a kick. Corr runs 2, 3, plays safe on 4 ball. Pan makes thin cut on 4, but jaws 5. Corr kicks 5 in and runs out! Now down 4-5.
Game 10 Break: Pan makes nothing on the break. Corr makes the 1, hidden on the 2, kicks but leaves a look. Pan runs 2, 4 but misses 5-9 combo. Corr scratches trying safety. Pan runs out to lead 6-4.
Game 11 Break: Corr makes the 1,5,7 and plays safe on the 2. Pan returns the safe. Corr kicks, leaves a look. Pan thin cuts in the 2 and runs out for the game, match and Tour Championship title!

Xiaoting Pan and Karen Corr both thanked the fans and sponsors, as well as special thanks to the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, a first-time host site for the WPBA who thrilled players and fans alike with the outstanding event site, first-class accommodations and impeccable staff and hospitality!

PRESS NOTE: Photos of the final four available from courtesy of Tony Fox,
About the Women’s Professional Billiard Association (WPBA)
The WPBA was established in 1976 under the name of the Women’s Professional Billiard Alliance and will celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2011 as the oldest pro player organization in the sport. The WPBA sanctions and produces the Women’s Pro Billiard Tour, which features ESPN-televised events with the greatest women players from around the world. For more info about the WPBA, its top players and sponsors, visit The WPBA Classic Tour is sponsored by the American Poolplayers Association, Diamond Billiards, Iwan Simonis, Cuetec Cues, Delta 13, Pooldawg, Mueller Recreational Products and Aramith.

About Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel
Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in located just minutes from the world-famous Niagara Falls in Western New York, near the Canadian border. The property is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year, and self- and valet-parking are always free. Guests can enjoy 147,000 square feet of gaming space with 4,000 slot machines and 100 table games, eight restaurants, live entertainment and a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning, 26-story hotel with 594 deluxe suites, a spa and salon, fitness center and indoor pool. Please visit for more information