FAQFAQSafeties in Pool and Billiards

... how to plan and execute defensive safety shots in pool.

Dr. Dave's answers to frequently-asked questions (FAQs), mostly from the AZB discussion forum

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For more information, see Chapter 5 (especially Section 5.06) in The Illustrated Principles of Pool and Billiards, Disc III of the Video Encyclopedia of Pool Shots (VEPS), Disc III of the Video Encyclopedia of Pool Practice (VEPP), and Disc IV of the Video Encyclopedia of Nine-ball and Ten-ball (VENT).

 


30-degree rule examples

How can I use the 30-degree rule to help me plan safety and ball-in-hand shots?

This video from Disc III of the Video Encyclopedia of Pool Shots provides some examples:

For more information, see "VEPS GEMS - Part IV: Safety Play and Strategy" (BD, April, 2010).

 


"big ball" effect

Where should I leave the object ball when hiding the cue ball?

This video from Disc III of the Video Encyclopedia of Pool Shots addresses this question:

For more information, see "VEPS GEMS - Part IV: Safety Play and Strategy" (BD, April, 2010).

 


examples of safety shots

What are some good examples of typical safety shots?

Here are a good collection of example safety shots from the BU Summer School Boot Camp. And here are some video demonstrations:

Many more safety-play examples can be found on Disc IV of the Video Encyclopedia of Nine-ball and Ten-ball (VENT).

 


general advice and strategy

What should I consider when planning a safety shot?

Disc III of the Video Encyclopedia of Pool Shots, Disc III of the Video Encyclopedia of Pool Practice (VEPP), Disc III of the Video Encyclopedia of Eight Ball (VEEB), and Disc IV of the Video Encyclopedia of Nine-ball and Ten-ball (VENT) dedicated to safety play and strategy.

Here's a useful safety challenge game and drill from VEPP-III:

For more information, see "VEPP - Part XIII: Safety and Carom Challenge Drills," (BD, April, 2013).

Here's another useful drill for practicing safeties, from Disc III of the Billiard University (BU) Instructional DVD series:

When playing safeties, always try to come into the line of the blockers to help increase the effectiveness of the safety and the margin for error with speed. Here is an example from Disc III of the Video Encyclopedia of Eight Ball (VEEB):

For more information, see: "VEEB - Part V: Coming Into the Line of Blockers" (BD, March, 2016).

It is also important to know what to do after getting ball in hand after a well-executed safety. Here are some examples from Disc IV of the Video Encyclopedia of Nine-ball and Ten-ball (VENT):

 

 

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