Summary: Billiards Digest February, 2011
David Alciatore, PhD ("Dr. Dave") ILLUSTRATED PRINCIPLES
"VEPS GEMS - Part XIV: `Spot-on-the-Wall' System"
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 my fourteenth article based on the "The Video Encyclopedia of Pool Shots (VEPS),"
an instructional DVD series I recently created with past BD columnist and good friend Tom Ross.
VEPS contains 750 shot types and principles within 50 main categories and 5 major areas. An
outline of the entire VEPS series and video excerpts from each DVD can be viewed online at: dr-
In the last six articles, we've looked at various systems for aiming one-rail, two-rail, and three-
rail kick shots. These systems included the rolling cue-ball (CB), through-diamond mirror system,
the Plus System, and the Corner-5 System. This month, we'll look at a visual, non-formula-based
alternative to these systems called the "spot-on-the-wall" system, and show how, why, and when
it works. The system allows you to determine the line of aim to kick one, two, or three rails to a
corner pocket (or other target). No arithmetic or diamond numbers are needed, although the