Line Up Practice Drills
These drills are just what the name implies. You line up a bunch of balls in a particular location and you shoot them into a given pocket one at a time. They are designed to work two skills at once, your aiming and your cuing. In each one you have to make the ball and move the cue ball into a particular location.
Every shot is either ball in hand or resetting the cue ball to a particular location rather than leaving the cue ball where it came to rest. Because you’ll always be starting from a known spot, the requirements on where to leave the cue ball are specific. Since on every shot in pool you should be both making the ball and moving whitey to a desired location, these drills work both.
The first few concentrate on easy position routes (stop, follow and draw on straight in shots) but focus strongly on distance. Later drills in this category will be about moving the cue ball along a particular line of travel as much as they are about how far to move it.
Both skills are critical, but if you learn them sequentially you’ll be much better off. First work your distance control, then focus on directional control.
|Drill 6a||Stop & Follow||Straight In||Low|
|Drill 6b||Draw||Straight In||High|