Center Line Practice Drills
Center Line Practice Drills are a group of related drills wherein the object balls are lined up on some part the lengthwise line down the center of the table. Most of the drills are confined to one end of the table but some are not.
Because the distance to the pocket is longer in these drills than most, shot making plays a larger roll toward successful completion. The most important factor, though, is getting good shape on the next ball. The drills test routes that are both common and important for we students to learn to execute with a high degree of control.
In order to be successful with these drills, you absolutely must get on the correct side of the ball every shot. Pay particular attention to the full extent of the position zone, and understand the ramifications of coming up short vs going long.
Unlike many drills, the cue ball often needs to travel a good distance in these and may need to contact two rails. That, and the longer distance to the pocket put these drills in the medium difficulty category. Once you have mastered the more fundamental drills (Stroke Builders, Line Up and Short Shape Drills) these are great drills to move your skills to the next level. If you haven’t yet mastered the more fundamental drills, I strongly suggest that you spend your time there to maximize your productivity.
|Drill 5a||One Rail Variation||Low|
|Drill 5b||Two Rail Variation||High|
|Drill 5c||Drawing into the Rail||Medium|
|Drill 5d||Alternating Corners||High|