129-dr-cue-2006Originally featured in the Fall 2002 edition of The American Poolplayer magazine.

The Snake Shot (15 Ball Combination)


CONFIDENCE FACTOR: 1 minute, 48 seconds per day for 3 days

SETUP/POSITION: 15 balls in a snakelike setup across the table surface. Start with the 15-ball 6 inches from the corner pocket TL. Set up the 14-ball 3 inches from the 15-ball and each successive ball 3″ back from the previous. Align by developing each “mini” combination so that 2 balls next to each other aim to the 3rd ball on either side of that set. DOUBLE CHECK!

BALLS(S) POCKETED/OBJECTIVE: Placing cue ball in a setup position straight in line with the first 2 ball combination, which is the (1)-(2) link, shoot and listen. The snake will sound like a clicking machine as the respective “mini” combinations make one big one (15-ball-TL).

ADJUSTMENT ANALYSIS: If the snake gets broken or stops making its distinctive sound early, the setup “mini” combinations need an adjustment. Recheck the alignment from each dual combination to the next set of 2 balls. If all 15 balls get hit but fail to make the 15-ball, check the (13)-(14) “mini” setup. If you continue to have trouble, set up the balls so that the spacing between them is only 2 inches, instead of 3 inches. When you’re having fun, you can adjust this feature and have more fun with the snake. In competition, this would not be allowed!
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