• Timothy White

From O to V | Discovering how to play perfect position

Are you struggling to find that perfect position? Is your pocketing skills up to par and now you need to learn how to move the cue ball into place for your next shot? Every shot, yes even the last one, requires a thought process on exactly where the cue ball is going and where it will end up. If you’re like most you’re happy to simply just see the cue ball stopping somewhere inside the O, a circle area somewhere in the middle of the table. That position may give you some relief but it won’t win you too many games, especially against a professional. 

How to position the cue ball into that perfect position for your next shot requires a deep understanding of what effects the motion of the balls and also having the confidence to trust in this knowledge. Most amateur players settle for simply making the first shot without much concern or of where or how to get into position for the next. This limited understanding and lack of application will always keep them at this low amateur level. 

There are two very distinct lines that separate and open up to allow for the maximum amount of options when it comes to calculating positions. We call the opening of these two lines the “Secret V”. There are actually two very distinct V’s during every shot sequence, except the last (winning) shot, where there is only one. 

The key is to work backwards from the 3rd. object ball in the sequence. We locate that perfect position (red 3 ball in picture) and imagine a straight line to the center contact point. We then locate the 2nd. object ball in the sequence (blue 2 ball). We open up one side of the “V” 45 degrees toward the 2nd. object ball. This gives us a perfect opening Vector in which to play into from the 2nd object ball shot. We repeat this on the 2nd. object ball creating another “V” with the opening toward the 1st ball in the sequence. We should now have two Secret V’s.

At this point we should understand the horizontal and vertical motions of the cue ball of how and why this effects the cue ball path and to have the skills necessary to execute a near perfect fundamental physical stroke. If you do not, please study Academy of the Cueing Arts Cue Sports Training Encyclopedia Volume 1. If so, you are ready to proceed with the calculation of your shot. 

The hard part is over, you are know are ready to proceed directly into the secret V. Now that you clearly see the opening, you should be able to "fairly quickly" figure out your direction and A.S.S. calculation on how to get there. You should be able to see the relative direction changes you’ll need to make in order to alter the path of the cue ball into the first “V”.  

Once you have the correct A.S.S. you can proceed to execution and if your calculations are correct the cue ball will enter slowly and come to rest inside the 1st. “V”. This will provide you with an optimum 30 degree angle to play into on the 3rd. ball "V". 

This is a very advanced lesson and should only be practiced to those that have a full understanding of Volumes 1-8 and meet the required skill level. For much more detail and structured training please check out the Award Winning Cue Sports Training Encyclopedia now available for instant download.  

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