Summary: David Alciatore ("Dr. Dave") ILLUSTRATED PRINCIPLES
"Draw Shot Primer Part VII: Tips of English"
Note: Supporting narrated video (NV) demonstrations, high-speed video (HSV) clips, and
technical proofs (TP) can be accessed and viewed online at billiards.colostate.edu. The
reference numbers used in the article (e.g., NV 2.1) help you locate the resources on the
website. If you have a slow or inconvenient Internet connection, you might want to view
the resources offline using a CD-ROM. See the website for details.
This is the seventh and final article in a series dealing with draw shot principles and
techniques. In previous months, we explored some of the basic physics of draw shots, compared
various aiming systems for predicting the path of the cue ball, looked in detail into the trisect
aiming system, studied some real examples where all of this knowledge can pay off in game
situations, summarized some recommended "best practices" for good draw technique, and looked
at a practice drill that might help you improve. In this final article, we'll look at "tips" of English ...
how it is defined, how it varies with tip size and tip shape, and how you can visualize it at the
Before beginning, I want to summarize some conclusions from an excellent article by George
Onoda concerning draw shots in the August '91 issue of Billiard Digest. (FYI, this and other past
instructional articles by various authors can be viewed online via the links at the bottom of the
"Instructional Articles" section of my website). In the article, Dr. Onoda described the following
suggestions concerning draw shots: