The (Modified) Corner Banking System
Here’s a very handy system to memorize.  I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve used this method to either make a tough bank or kick myself out of a good safe.  All you have to do is memorize the numbers down the rail:  .33   .85   1.35   1.75   2.25   2.75   3.25   4.0  4.5   5.0   6.0.   These numbers tell you where to aim using the diamonds on the long rail opposite from where you are standing.  Ignore the opposite cushions and focus only on the diamonds.  I call this the “modified” system because these numbers differ from most systems in publication.  Why are my numbers different?  I don’t know.  These are emperical numbers taken from many practice sessions and they just seem to work for me.  If you have trouble memorizing them, don’t fret, just get them tattooed on the inside of your left arm.   😉  For a more detailed discussion of this system, see my post on February 6, 2011.

The Corner Banking System

Standard Banking System
This is the system I use for almost all of my banking needs.  I can’t remember if I learned this system from Robert Byrne or Bob Jewett, but regardless, it’s very useful.  At first you may need to use your cue stick to help visualize the lines, but after a good deal of practice, you’ll be able to see the lines in your head.  Here’s how it works.  First, draw a line from the object ball to the opposite rail (black line).  From that point on the rail, draw a line to the pocket into which you want to sink the object ball (blue line).  Draw another line (black line) from the object ball to the opposite pocket.  At the intersection point of these two lines, draw a line to the opposite rail (red line).  THAT point on the rail is where you want to send the object ball.  Just hit with normal speed, and you will bank the ball successfully.  Of course, this does require some practice.

Standard Banking System


5 responses to “Banks

  1. Hey,
    I just found your website when looking for drills.

    Overall it’s been invaluable to a new player.
    But this standard banking system has made my day!
    I no longer have to play by feel or play safety just because the bank might pass my turn.

    Your a legend,

  2. I’m glad you find these drills useful. I can’t take credit for all of them, as I’ve learned most of them from others. Let me know if there’s anything else you want to see.

  3. Sorry, but I don’t understand how to use the modified corner banking system you show. Help please!


    • Hi Ron, sorry for the late reply. It’s much easier to explain with pictures, so I’ll write up a blog post with pictures and publish in the next couple days. Stay tuned, and thanks for reading!

  4. Best pool site on the internet by a long shot! Loving the standard banking system!

    You’re a genious Michael!


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