What is the simplest drill for practicing run-out skills?
Probably the simplest, most common, and most useful drill for developing good offensive skills is the followin 3-ball drill:
- Randomly throw out three balls (e.g., the 1-ball, 2-ball, and 3-ball) on the table. If a ball drops, randomly throw it back on the table.
- Take cue ball in hand and pocket the three balls in rotation (i.e., in numerical order).
- Keep track of how many 3-ball patterns you run (e.g., out of 20), and see if you improve over time.
If you are very successful with three balls (e.g., 18-20 runs out of 20 patterns), increase the number of balls to four and then more. If you can progress to 15 balls and make a high percentage of the patterns, then you can join the pro tour.
This drill should not be confused with the game of 3-ball.