To sink an object ball, the cue ball must “cut” it into the pocket; that is, hit it at an angle. 90-95% of the shots taken in pool are cut shots in one way or another. Using CutShots Billiard Balls™ is the fastest and most effective way to learn and to practice cut shots. But you should read, study and understand how the CutShots balls work in order to get their maximum benefit. It is not difficult. After this introduction you will see three table diagrams which take you through the THREE STEPS to shooting CutShots balls. They are easy to understand, and you may want to take a brief look ahead.
The CutShots slogan is “See the Spots, Sink the Shots.” We will use the word “Spots” specifically to mean the small, exact points on both the yellow ball (Spot #1) and the white ball (Spot #2) which, when they collide, will result in pocketing the yellow ball. You should visualize both Spot #1 and Spot #2 as about the size of the head of a pin.
The “Spot” on either ball may be on one of the 112 figures (stars, squares, triangles and circles; red, purple, green or black) appearing on the CutShots balls. It may be dead center in a figure, or toward its edge, or just off its edge.
It may be a point in the yellow or white background, near or between one or more of the 112 figures.
The point is, you can identify and see that particular Spot (pinhead size) when you change your standing location during the THREE STEP shooting process taught here.
Secondly, as to height, the Spot will always be on the “equators” of the yellow and white balls as they sit on the table; not above or below the equator. [All points on the equator, including Spots, are exactly 1⅛ inch above the table’s surface, half-way up the ball’s 2¼ inch height; so midway between the ball’s “north pole” and “south pole”.]
Third, as regards stroking the cue ball, CutShots success is best accomplished by striking the white ball dead center, using a short firm stroke, and holding the cue as level with the table as possible; so with no off-center spins applied.
Position play and other advanced skills beyond those taught by CutShots will later require learning cue ball control techniques like draw, follow, and right/left “English”, also called “juice”. But for just pocketing CutShots balls, keep your cuestroke simple: centered, short firm stroke, level cue.
Identify Your SPOT #1 On The Yellow Ball
Stand low behind both the yellow ball and the exact center of the pocket. Your precise Spot #1 is in the exact center of the yellow ball from your viewing point. It may appear dead-center on one of the 112 target figures, or a bit off dead-center, or on the yellow background between figures. The tinier you visualize Spot #1 (your target) the more accurate your shot will be.
Identify Your SPOT #2 On The White Ball: Here you learn about “Opposite And Equal”
Now move your standing position to behind the white ball and the pocket. Locate the exact Spot #2 on the visible side of the white ball that aligns with Spot #1 on the yellow ball. As you moved left behind the white ball, your Spot #1 moved (visually) to the right of its center. Consequently, (A) your Spot #2 will be on the left side of the white ball; so on the OPPOSITE SIDE. And (B) your Spot #2 will also be an EQUAL DISTANCE inward from the left edge of the white ball as SPOT #1 is from the right edge of the yellow ball; that is, if Spot #1 is a quarter-inch in from the left edge then Spot #2 is also a quarter-inch in from the right edge. Always remember “OPPOSITE AND EQUAL.”
The straight (dashed) line connecting Spot #2 and Spot #1 becomes the “Line of Aim” for your shot. As you stroke your shot (after Step Three) you should be looking down this line, as though Spot #2 and Spot #1 were the two sights on a rifle.
Center Your Cue
Temporarily point your cue down the Line of Aim. (This is to clearly set in your mind the goal of your shot. But understand that if you shoot now you will likely miscue, sending the white ball helter-skelter.) Now, keeping the cue in the Line of Aim’s direction, shift the entire cue leftward to behind the white ball’s center, which is where the cue strike will occur. The cue’s direction behind the white ball’s center point should be perfectly parallel to the Line of View. Use a short, firm stroke to the cue ball.
Whenever these steps are executed well, Spot #2 will strike Spot#1, and you will Sink the Shot. It’s easy! Just practice, practice, practice. Each shot, think and do
As you improve and want to convert to regular pool balls, you should first switch to a regular cue ball and keep the CutShots yellow balls in play. This will reduce the CutShots advantage to half. When your new success rate equals your prior success rate, remove and replace the yellow ball with regular balls. At first use solids, then stripes.
GOOD SHOOTING TO YOU!