How does target pool work, and how can they help me with cue ball control and position control?

Here’s an introduction and example from Vol. II of the Video Encyclopedia of Pool Practice (VEPP):

See “VEPP – Part IV: Target Practice Card Trick,” (BD, July, 2012) and Bob Jewett’s July ’05 article here for more information. An alternative to using cards to generate random locations on the table for the OB and target positions is to use an online tool provided by Isaac (via AZB post). Every time you click on the screen, the tool generates two random locations on a pool-table-shaped grid.

Here’s another useful position-control target practice drill from the Billiard University (BU) Instructional Series:

The following templates can be printed and cut out for “target pool” practice: circular target template (used in VEPP drills) and rectangular target template (used in BU Exam drills).

BullseyeBilliards is a commercial product involving “target pool” practice comprised of thin cloth targets and a complete set of drills to help one develop CB control and position play skills.

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