Laser Aimer: A Device for Practicing Ghost Ball, Bank & Kick Shots

Written by Mick Turner

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Now I had a device that made a laser light line over and in front of a pool ball. (see Figure Laser-1 below). The laser is behind the Cueball at the top right of the picture, shining down the table to the mirror at the bottom of the picture, then reflecting back up the table to the 9 ball by the pocket at the top left of the picture. (Note that the laser line starts just past the Cueball's shadow.) For this picture I changed the mirror angle slightly to put a bigger 'red dot' on the 9 ball so it would show up better. How is this done? See the next section on the Mirror.)

Laser Aim Trainer - Figure Laser-1 (actual laser light)
Figure Laser-1 (actual laser light)

The Mirror

Next, to do the 'angle in vs. angle out' 'V' angle, I needed a mirror sitting at 90 degrees to the table surface, and I needed a quick way to assure it would stay in place and be adjustable (flat) for storage. I also needed to raise the mirror up from the table surface so it would closely match the Strait-LineR height to provide a straight reflection path for the laser light. In figuring all this out I discovered that there is another neat invention called a hinge that I used (see Figure M-1). I went to the trouble of getting a long hinge and cutting off a piece, but a good quality tight 2" hinge would work just as well. (If the hinge wobbles it won't represent a true vertical vs. horizontal position for the laser light.)

To attach the mirror (I went to a Hobby Lobby store and purchased a 3" X 4" mirror) I again used the two sided 3M tape, and stuck the hinge to the back, bottom edge of the mirror. Then I screwed (screws came with the hinge) the hinge to a block of plain white pine 1/2" thick and 3" X 4" in size (same as mirror) for the mirror footing (of course the wood was sanded and painted with clear urethane to stay clean). If you look close and notice the way I set up the hinge, with the pin to the rear, it stops at the desired 90 degrees when fully forward which allows the back of the mirror to be placed directly against the cushion for true positioning, and, when hinged back, also allows the mirror to be slightly adjusted to show the laser line and red dot better, as I did in Figure Laser-1, above. The hinge also allows the mirror to lay flat (see Figure M-2) for easy storage. I always wrap this mirror with a towel so it has some protection from breakage. Note: Be sure to apply the hinge and mirror straight on the block of wood so your reflection alignment laser lines will be accurate.

A note about the mirror; if you find one, and in your reflection you look like you are in a fun house hall of crazy mirrors, you might want to find a better mirror. Those cheap mirrors just won't give you a straight line. I didn't have any trouble finding a cheap good one, but be careful to get one that isn't distorted. Hold the mirror up and look at various angles and move it side to side slightly to see if reflections are normal or distorted.

Laser Aim Trainer - Figure M-1
Figure M-1
Laser Aim Trainer - Figure M-2
Figure M-2

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