Unlocking the Safe

Written by David Sapolis

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Article Index
Unlocking the Safe (page 1)
Your Ability To Remain Calm (page 2)
Do we bank the 2 ball? (page 3)
Offensive Safeties (page 4)
Two way Shot (page 5)
Taking the jump out of the Equation (page 6)

Two way Shot

This is an example of a two way shot. In this situation, we can attempt to pocket the 2 ball cross side. If we make the 2 ball we still have position on the 3 ball. If we miss the bank on the 2 ball, we have hidden our opponent (as diagrammed below).

Unlocking the Safe - Diagram 9
Diagram 9

Kick Safeties

Unlocking the Safe - Diagram 10
Diagram 10

There are a couple of ways to hit this shot. Above, we hit the 3 ball full and send it one rail between the 7 and 4 balls. This will leave the cue ball behind the wall made by the 6 ball and the 8 ball. Below, We come one rail, hitting the 3 ball one rail and out of the way. This will hide the cue ball behind the 5-9 cluster.

Unlocking the Safe - Diagram 11
Diagram 11

More Kicks

Unlocking the Safe - Diagram 12
Diagram 12

In this shot we do not have the proper angle to bank the 5 ball cross side. By using this kick safety, we open up the table while at the same time making life miserable for our opponent.

Unlocking the Safe - Diagram 13
Diagram 13

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About The Author: Blackjack David Sapolis played professional pool for 20 years in The United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

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