About The Shot

After pocketing a ball in the side, the cue ball caroms off of the cushion on the other side of the side pocket, arcs around the blocking ball, and eventually makes the hanging ball in the corner.

Discipline: Follow

Difficulty: Intermediate

Don\'t Hug the Rail

Make This Shot

This is the setup for the first object ball and the blocker. I like the blocker's edge even with the point of the side pocket. The first object ball is centered with the other point of the side pocket, about a half inch off. I put the cue ball 1-1/2 diamonds off the long rail, and a bit further than 2 diamonds from the short rail. (Figure 1)

I aim to hit the object ball about 3/4 full to the right. I use 10:30 to 11:00 o'clock english. Without the blocking ball, you can use a soft, smooth stroke. With the blocking ball, just shoot a little harder, but keep the stroke smooth and fluid.

Video: Don't Hug the Rail

Video: Don't Hug the Rail

Don't Hug the Rail

Figure 1

Tim's Tidbit

Here's a more advanced version of a simple follow shot. You can try a slightly easier version by doing it without the blocking ball.