How to successfully make a Bank Shot

Written by Mick Turner

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The next diagram (4) will show much the same process but with a cross corner end table shot. (To make this consistent the steps below are exactly like those above.) Just follow the steps but substitute different pocket designations.


Diagram 4

Note: in this shot, if you move the cue ball to several different points within 2 feet of it's marked position, the shot is the same on the object ball contact point, only the cue ball to object ball aim is different. On different positions of the cue ball, be aware of possible secondary collisions between object ball and cue ball...also be aware that on long angle shots like this if you hit too hard, not only will it affect the angle of rebound on the object ball, but it can also make the object ball "rattle" out of the target pocket if you hit the leading edge of the top cushion going into the pocket. Shoot these shots at medium speed, enough to make the ball roll straight, but not too hard, or too soft ...you wouldn't want the object ball to stop on the way to the pocket on that fantastic long bank shot.

The next diagram (5) will show much the same process but with a long table far cross corner shot. (To make this consistent the steps below are exactly like those above.) Just follow the steps but substitute different pocket designations.


Diagram 5

Note: in this shot, if you move the cue ball to several different points within 1 foot of it's marked position, the shot is the same on the object ball contact point, only the cue ball to object ball aim is different. On different positions of the cue ball, be aware of possible secondary collisions between object ball and cue ball or sctatch potential.

The next diagram (6) will show much the same process but with a long cross table corner shot. (To make this consistent the steps below are exactly like those above.) Just follow the steps but substitute different pocket designations.


Diagram 6

Note: in this shot, if you move the cue ball to several different points near it's marked position (because of the narrow angle of shot on the object ball), the shot is the same on the object ball contact point, only the cue ball to object ball aim is different. On different positions of the cue ball, be aware of possible secondary collisions between object ball and cue ball... On this shot, the point D is where you want the object ball to contact the cushion. On some shots like this the object ball has a tendency to "slide" on the cushion a bit so on some tables you might want to hit just before point D.

Normally you would just shoot the object ball into the top left corner pocket, but if you "had to" bank it because other balls were in the way, here is how.

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