Position Builder Practice Drill 01b
Short Shape Drill #1 – Long Rail Variation
This version isn’t hard, but it’s quite a bit tougher than the draw version we just finished. It requires controlled use of inside english with excellent speed control
For this version, you must get position on the 2 through 5 balls by hitting the side rail after the preceding ball. In order to do that you’ll need to be on the correct side of each ball, and you’ll want a shallow angle to make it easy to get on the next ball.
Inside english will come in handy here to keep the ball from going too far down table. Speed control is also quite important. Make the 1 Ball with high left and keep the ball below the foot line without crossing the centerline.
Now shoot in the 2 Ball with high inside. Inside english takes a lot of speed off the ball when hitting the rail, so you might have to hit it harder than you first thought. Stay on the even side of the table (2, 4, 6 balls) and don’t go much below the 1st diamond up from the foot rail or it will be too hard to get good shape on the 4.
The 3 Ball is next, also hit with high inside. Notice how inside lets you keep the ball in close, giving you shorter shots you never have to reach for.
By rolling in the 4 Ball with a little follow and inside, you’ll keep the cue ball close to the end rail, which makes the transition from the 5 to the 6 much easier.
You’re home free. Just make the 5 and keep the cue ball close to the end rail. A little inside english or draw will keep you off the far side rail.
Finish up by making the 6. Congratulations. This style of play is seen most often in straight pool, but is invaluable in whatever game you play. Being able to control the cue ball with minimal travel is a fundamental skill that you will use all the time and build on for more complex requirements.