Summary: David Alciatore, PhD ("Dr. Dave") ILLUSTRATED PRINCIPLES
"End-of-game frozen-rail shots part II"
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. See the website for details.
In my May article, I illustrated several options for the shot layout 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 my May article (which you can view on my website), I presented an offensive rail cut
shot option using natural English (see NV B.11), an offensive bank-shot option where a double
kiss might be a concern (see NV B.12), a defensive kiss-back safety option (see NV B.13), and a
basic defensive cut-shot option (see NV B.14). This month, I want to present and discuss a few
more options discussed recently on the BD-CCB and AZB online forums.
the 8-ball is