Position Builder Practice Drill 06b
Line up Drills – Draw
A well executed draw shot is a beautiful thing, and there’s just something magical about seeing that ball come back that makes every player want great draw. But uncontrolled draw isn’t enough, you’ve got to be able to stop the ball where you want it.
Draw is harder to control than follow, so don’t be surprised if you have to work at these variations longer than you did for the stop and follow shots to achieve the same level of proficiency. With draw you’re fighting the ball’s natural tendency to roll forward, rather than just adding to it. Don’t lose patience, since the nirvana of pinpoint accuracy in cue ball control is not achieved easily, by anyone.
Our first draw exercize with the Line Up drill is a one spot draw right back to where the cue ball started. Remember, you don’t need to do anything with your body or your stroke to make the ball come back, other than to hit it below center, preferably with a level cue. Follow through helps most people keep the stroke smooth.
It’s tough to get the balance right between how hard to hit the ball and where you hit it, to get the ball to come back the desired amount. That’s why it’s best to hit the ball the same evey time and just vary how far below center you hit it. With repetition you will be able to raise your consistency considerably.
After achieving success with the one spot draw variation, draw back two spots to the rail. As before, the acceptable target zone is between 1/2 spot too short and 1/2 spot to far, which in this case is the same area, so the zone seems small but isn’t.
Keep at it until you’ve reached the 10 out of 15 successes level.
The last exercise in this set is a three spot draw, coming into the rail and then back out again. You luck out here, because since the rail will slow down your shot it will be easier to hit this target zone than it would be if the table were long enough for the ball to roll 3 diamonds without hitting a rail.