What is the System for Aiming With Sidespin (SAWS)?
System for Aiming With Sidespin (SAWS) is a full-length instructional video by Dr. Dave that covers a new system to compensate your aim for cue ball (CB) deflection and object ball (OB) throw when using sidespin. It is based on using combinations of Back Hand English (BHE) and Front-Hand English (FHE), and it can be applied to any cue, bridge length, and shooting style. A detailed table of contents of SAWS along with a video overview can be found at DrDaveBilliards.com/saws, and here is an overview video:
For examples of how SAWS is used, see aim compensation when using sidespin and the following articles:
- “SAWS – Part 1: CB Deflection” (June, 2019).
- “SAWS – Part 2: Sidespin Terminology” (July, 2019).
- “SAWS – Part 3: Throw Effects” (August, 2019).
- “SAWS – Part 4: Throw Examples” (September, 2019).
- “SAWS – Part 5: BHE/FHE Calibration” (October, 2019).
- “SAWS – Part 6: Shot Examples” (November, 2019).
Here is the SAWS BHE/FHE calibration handout.
Do you actually use SAWS? If so, why?
I use SAWS on every shot with sidespin. It gives me confidence since I don’t need to think about or judge CB deflection (the net effect of squirt and swerve, which vary with shot distance and speed). And SAWS is very effective. I make more shots than I would otherwise if I were using just feel and intuition. I just do the BHE/FHE pivots and I get the right line of aim. For more info, see the videos and question answers here:
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