Summary: Billiards Digest August, 2010
David Alciatore, PhD ("Dr. Dave") ILLUSTRATED PRINCIPLES
"VEPS GEMS - Part VIII: Plus System Intro"
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 eighth 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 within 50 main categories and 5 major areas. Many clips in the
series are also designated as "gems," indicating shots or concepts important to know as a pool
player, whether understood explicitly or in a more intuitive way. An outline of the entire VEPS
series, the complete list of shot types in each major area, the gem designations, and video
excerpts from each DVD can be viewed online at: dr-dave-billiards.com/veps. In the last few
months we've looked at several one-rail kicking systems from the fourth DVD: "VEPS IV - Banks,
Kicks, and Advanced Shots." Over the next three months we'll look at the Plus System that can
be used to aim two-rail kick shots off the short rail.
The Plus System is based on the modified short-rail diamond numbers shown in Diagram 1.