Summary: David Alciatore ("Dr. Dave") ILLUSTRATED PRINCIPLES
"Draw Shot Primer Part V: How to achieve good draw action"
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 fifth article in a series dealing with draw shot principles and techniques. In the last
four 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, and
studied some real examples where all of this knowledge can pay off in game situations.
Unfortunately, if you don't have a consistent and accurate stroke that enables you to achieve
good draw action, most of this information will be of little use to you. That's why I decided to
dedicate this month's article to ideas for how to diagnose problems and make improvements to
your draw stroke technique. This information will be especially useful for beginner and
intermediate players; but even experienced players should periodically spend time diagnosing
and correcting potential deficiencies in their games by revisiting the fundamentals.
Before I begin, I want to make it clear that any discussion of fundamentals and recommended
practices for good draw technique (or any other pool skill) can be controversial. Even
experienced instructors and authors disagree quite a bit on what are "best practices." Therefore,