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Throwing Frozen Balls ~ Jacqueline Karol

The game is 9-ball here.  In Diagram 1, the cue ball is frozen to the 8-ball and their line of centers are aimed to miss to the right hand corner of the pocket. The 9-ball is on the same end of the table. How would you make the 8-ball and also get position for the 9-ball?


Diagram 3 reveals that the answer is by using direction-induced throw. Remember that throw is counter-intuitive. Contact the cue ball on the right side of the line of centers of the cue ball and the 8-ball and aim towards the left side of the line of centers. The balls will actually stick together because of friction and throw the 8-ball in the pocket while the cue ball follows the path of the dotted line for position on the 9-ball.

Diagram 2 is the exact same setup as diagram 1, except the 9-ball is at the other end of the table.

Diagram 4 shows that now we must use english-induced throw. Aim parallel to the same line of centers of the cue ball and 8-ball using right english. The right will throw the 8-ball to the left and the cue ball will follow the path of the dotted line, leaving you beautiful shape on the 9-ball at the same end of the table.



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Jacqueline Karol is known as “The Angel of Billiards.” She began playing pool when she was three years old. Her father, a nuclear engineer, introduced her to the game and taught her the fundamentals. In 2002, Jackie began training full time with world-renowned billiards coach and columnist Tom Ross of Denver, CO. Her first goal was to win the 2003 BCA National 8-Ball Championship. Her hard work paid off and she went on to become the 2003 Billiard Congress of America’s 8-Ball and trick shot champion. Jacqueline now lives in Northern California and offers a variety of training programs. You can check her out at her website.

Diagrams: Provided by Jacqueline Karol

Editor: Shaylyn Troop

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