Summary: Billiards Digest March, 2010
David Alciatore, PhD ("Dr. Dave") ILLUSTRATED PRINCIPLES
"VEPS GEMS - Part III: English and Position Control"
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 the third 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 over 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. Last month we
looked at some gems from the first DVD: "VEPS I: Basic Shot Making and Position." This month,
we'll look at selected gems from the second DVD: "VEPS II: English and Position Control."
Diagrams 1 and 2 illustrate example rail cut shots where English is required to get position on
the next ball, and where the outcome very much depends on whether or not you hit the ball or rail