Summary: David Alciatore ("Dr. Dave") ILLUSTRATED PRINCIPLES
"Draw Shot Primer Part VI: Draw Shot Practice Drill"
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 2.2) 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 sixth article in a series dealing with draw shot principles and techniques. In the
last five 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, and
summarized some recommended "best practices" for good draw technique. In this article, we will
look at a practice drill that might help you further develop and improve your draw shot technique.
Diagram 1 shows a drill you might find useful ... I call it "Dr. Dave's Draw Drill." The object
ball (OB) is located in the center of the table and the cue ball (CB) is located half way between
the OB and the lower left corner pocket. The goal is to pocket the OB in the upper right corner
pocket, while controlling the amount of draw on the CB. For the drill, you try each of the five
shots shown, five times each. With the STOP shots (slow and fast), the desired target location
for the CB is position A. The targets for the other shots are positions B for the SHORT draw, C
for the MEDIUM draw, and D (the corner pocket) for the LONG draw. Before beginning the drill,