Originally featured in the Spring 2005 edition of The American Poolplayer magazine.
Ball In Hand “Shortcut!”
DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: 2.3
CONFIDENCE FACTOR: 4 minutes, 36 seconds per day for 3 days
SETUP/POSITION: Place 8-ball on foot spot; Freeze 9-ball to (8) toward foot cushion side and straight in line with 8-ball as though you are spotting 2 balls one behind the other. With cue ball-in-hand due to a scratch or foul situation, place cue ball straight in line with 8-ball as we look at diagram and as close as possible to (8) without touching it. DOUBLE CHECK SETUP!
BALL(S) POCKETED/OBJECTIVE: With the elevated cue stick, shoot (snap) the cue ball (c) and use (a) as an aiming aid for the shot. (a) is exactly opposite the 9-ball as diagramed. The cue ball will hit the 8-ball causing the (9) to shift slightly, then carom (9) to TR!!!