Summary: Billiards Digest February, 2010
David Alciatore, PhD ("Dr. Dave") ILLUSTRATED PRINCIPLES
"VEPS GEMS - Part II: Basic Shot Making and Position"
Note: Supporting narrated video (NV) demonstrations, high-speed video (HSV) clips, and
technical proofs (TP), and all of my past articles, can be accessed and viewed online at
billiards.colostate.edu. The reference numbers used in the article help you locate the
resources on the website. If you have a slow or inconvenient Internet connection, you
might want to view the resources from a CD-ROM or DVD. Details can be found online
This is the second article based on the "The Video Encyclopedia of Pool Shots (VEPS)," an
instructional video series I recently created with past BD columnist and good friend Tom Ross.
Last month I introduced the series and presented the complete catalog of shot categories. VEPS
contains over 750 shot types within 50 main categories and five major areas. This month I will
highlight several "gems" from the first major area: "Basic Shot Making and Position," which is the
topic of the first DVD in the set. "Gems" are shots or concepts Tom and I think are important to
know as a pool player, whether understood explicitly or in a more intuitive way. The complete list
of shot types in each major area, an outline of the entire VEPS series, and video excerpts from
each DVD can be viewed online at: dr-dave-billiards.com/veps.
The first "gems" I will present involve how to aim cluster break-out shots. Diagram 1 shows a
situation where we want to pocket the 11-ball and also break out the 12-ball-13-ball cluster to