Summary: Billiards Digest April, 2009
David Alciatore, PhD ("Dr. Dave") ILLUSTRATED PRINCIPLES
"Draw Shot Physics - Part I: basics"
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
Different people have different personal "Holy Grails" in pool. Most covet accurate aim and
alignment, and an accurate and consistent stroke. Many people want (or should want) perfect
speed control. Mastery of the draw shot is also on many people's list. The draw shot is an
elusive skill for many novice players, and intermediate and advanced players constantly strive to
improve control and power. I actually already wrote and entire series of articles on the draw shot
(see my January '06 through July '06 articles). The focus of that series was on providing basic
technique advice, presenting drills for improving your draw stroke, and predicting CB direction for
draw shots with a cut angle. In this series, we will delve more into the physics of draw shots to
better understand the best approach in different situations. For general advice on how to improve
your draw shot technique, refer to my May '06 article and articles, advice, and drills under "draw"
the FAQ section of my website.