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

Written by Mick Turner

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Using the Laser Aimer with the Ghost Ball Technique

In case you didn't notice, since the 'Ghost Ball' technique works for kick shots, as described above, the technique also works well if you use the 'Ghost Ball' technique and Laser Aimer together for normal shots.

In the following four pictures, you can easily see how in Figure GB-1, the Cueball, acting as a ghost ball, is directly behind the Object Ball on a line to the corner pocket. If you align the Laser Aimers light line on the center of the ghost ball, then move the Ghost Ball away, and put the CB on the aim line as in Figure GB-2, you can see the actual aim point on the Object Ball and how the laser line is centered on the bright red. (Notice how the aim point is on the right edge of the 9 ball.) I have found this technique quite useful as it 'burns' into my memory the actual aim points on various shots. This definitely helps my game, especially on tough shots. You get to see where the 'aim points' actually are on a variety of cut you don't have to guess or think about it too much.

(Don't forget about Throw if you put English on the Cueball, if you don't compensate slightly, most of the time, on longer shots, you will miss. Compensating for Throw is another subject, but in a short synopsis, to correct for Throw you aim slightly opposite your English...i.e., Right English (on Cueball) means you aim slightly left at Object Ball etc. The amount of aim change depends on how much English, how hard you hit and the distance between the Cueball and the Object Ball, and the overall distance of the Object Ball's travel to the pocket. This is a more advanced skill I'm not covering here, but just wanted to mention it so you don't get discouraged if you aim at the Laser Aimer's point of light and keep missing...maybe it's Throw that is causing it. Remember to learn to use these techniques it is best to shoot medium speed with no English until you learn to compensate for other factors, like English, Throw, Deflection etc., as a more advanced skill.)

Figures GB-3 and GB-4 show a side pocket shot using the Ghost Ball / Laser Aimer Technique. (Notice on this shot, the aim point is about 1/4" to the right of the 9 ball.)
Note: On these pictures I had to 'enhance' the red line of the laser because the picture came out with a real faint line, but on the table it was very visible.

Of course, if the Cueball is moved off the line or in a different position, you must realign the shot with the laser, as the aim point will move depending on the angle of the shot.

Figure GB-1
Figure GB-1
Laser Aim Trainer - Figure GB-2
Figure GB-2

(In Figure GB-4, the Cueball is moved aside to provide better visibility on aim point)

Figure GB-3
Figure GB-3
Laser Aim Trainer - Figure GB-4
Figure GB-4

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