The Cut Shot 2

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In Aiming 2, the actual aim line that the cue ball travels is different from the imaginary aim line. However, notice that the aim spots on both balls remain exactly the same as in Aiming 1, and the green object ball still travels in the same direction and goes in the pocket.

In Aiming 3, the aim lines indicate that, no matter what direction the actual aim line is, or in other words, whatever direction the cue ball comes from, the aim spots on the cue ball and object ball remain the same. The cue ball still has to hit the green ball at the correct spot to make it travel towards the pocket.

pool aiming diagram

aiming for cut shots

So, the ghost ball method says that, when you are figuring out how to sink the green ball, imagine the ghost ball being at the correct angle to hit the green ball into the pocket. Your job is to replace the ghost cue ball with the actual cue ball when you shoot the shot.

The angle that the cue ball travels to the object ball doesn't matter as much, as where the correct spot on the cue ball hits the correct spot on the object ball.

To summarize, when aiming for cut shots, mentally picture an imaginary line from the pocket through the object ball. Where this line exits the object ball is the spot where you want to hit the object ball with the cue ball.

Figuring out the spot on the cue ball that should hit the spot on the object ball takes a little more imagination. Picture a ghost cue ball hitting the object ball at the correct angle when you are sighting in the shot, and try to send your cue ball to the exact spot on the table where that ghost ball is, so the cue ball hits the object ball at just the right angle.

If you can consistently get these aim spots on the object ball and the cue ball to come together when you shoot, you have mastered the cut shot in pool. Even though you now know the theory behind what it takes to make these shots, it still takes a lot of practice to be able to make them on the table. "Practice makes perfect" is a very appropriate cliche in this game.

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