I’m getting very close to *knock on wood* full recovery from my recent neck and back problems. Last night I went to California Billiards to loosen up a little and put in some practice. I wanted to focus on two primary skills: (1) cue ball control, and (2) route planning. After my normal warm up routine, I started a new practice game. Here are the rules of the game:
Yeah, ok, I like to make charts. Sorry! Bascially, you start with 3 balls and try to run the table. If you can run the table twice in a row, you add a ball, so then you’ll be playing with 4 balls. If you can run the table twice in a row again, add another ball, and now you are playing with 5 balls, etc. If at any point you fail twice in a row, you remove a ball (to make it easier). If you run a table, then fail, then run, then fail, you could theoretically stay at the same level indefinately. I think you get the point.
Try this game out and see what level you tend to stay at. This is a good game for identifying areas for improvement with cue ball control and route planning. Enjoy!