• Timothy White

From O to V | Discovering how to play perfect position

Updated: Jun 12

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, 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 see the cue ball stopping somewhere inside the O, a circle area in the middle of the table. That position may relieve you, 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 affects the cue ball’s motion and the confidence to trust in this knowledge. Most amateur players settle for simply making the first shot without much concern about 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.



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


The key is to work backward from the third object ball in the sequence. We locate that perfect position (red 3-ball) and imagine a straight line to the center contact point. We then find 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 to play into from the 2-ball ball. We repeat this on the 2nd. object ball creating another “V” with the opening toward the 1st. —object ball in the sequence. We should now have two Secret V’s.


At this point, we should understand the cue ball's horizontal and vertical motions, how and why this affects the cue ball path, and 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.


The hard part is over; you know you are ready to proceed directly into the secret V. Now that you 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 to alter the cue ball's path into the first “V.”


Once you have the correct A.S.S., you can proceed to execution, and if your calculations are accurate, 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 very advanced lesson should only be practiced by those who fully understand 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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