Summary: David Alciatore, PhD ("Dr. Dave") ILLUSTRATED PRINCIPLES
"End-of-game frozen-rail shots"
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technical proofs (TP), and all of my past articles, can be accessed and viewed online at
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Last month, I illustrated a rail cut shot where squirt aim-compensation is important. The shot
layout is shown in Diagram 1. The 8-ball is frozen to the end rail, and the cue ball (CB) is near
the center of the table. This is a fairly common end-of-game situation that can come up in 8-ball
or 9-ball. This and similar situations can also come up mid-game in 9-ball, so it is important to
think about and practice various options. In this article, I present several options for you to
the 8-ball is
the cue ball
is close to