The Draw Shot

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A Draw Shot is when the cue ball stops momentarily then draws away from the object ball towards you upon contact with the object ball. This is one of the more pleasing shots to see as the cue ball stops momentarily before it races back towards you. It is normally done by hitting the cue ball below center (see illustrations below). This is a difficult shot to master because hitting the cue ball below center normally creates a "miscue" specially for beginner players.

Figure 1: Draw Shot
Figure 1: Draw Shot

In order for the cue ball to return towards you, it needs to have back spin. The cue ball needs to be able to retain its back spin as it slides towards the object ball. This is done by hitting the cue ball below center and a slightly stronger stroke (compared to the stop shot). Remember that as the distance between the object ball and the cue ball increases, you will need to put more backspin on the cue ball because the friction caused by the table cloth will take away some of that back spin away. This is where the difficulty of the back spin comes into play. A lot of players find it very difficult to draw the cue ball at longer distances mostly because there is not enough back spin on the cue ball.

At shorter distances, hitting the cue ball one tip below center will draw the ball back. However, the speed of the stroke determines how far back your cue ball will go. The stronger you hit the cue ball below center, the more back spin it creates thus retaining most of its spin as it makes contact with the object ball. Upon contact, the cue ball should stop momentarily before racing back towards you.

You have learned from the previous article about th Stop Shot that at longer distances, a below center hit on the cue ball will create a Stop Shot with the right amount of speed on the cue ball. Therefore, you will need a stronger stroke to create more speed and back spin on the cue ball to make it go back towards you. Also, the further away the object ball is from the cue ball, the lower you need to hit your cue ball in order to draw the cue ball back. You also need to keep your cue stick as level as possible when doing a draw shot. The maximum recommended range for hitting the cue ball is about one and a half cue tips below the center of the cue ball. Hitting lower than this usually causes your cue ball to jump or miscue.

Again, only with enough hours of practice will you be able to learn how low you need to hit the cue ball and how strong your stroke needs to be.

Below center hit on the cue ball for Draw Shots

Closed Bridge - Draw hit on cue ball
Closed Bridge - draw hit
Open Bridge - Draw hit on cue ball
Open Bridge - draw hit

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