I'm surprised Wetch used that particular position shot. A better way would
be to let the cueball come out naturally 2 cushions, then play the 8 ball in
the side, then the 9 ball in the corner. He probably thought that using
inside english would slow down the cueball off the end rail, but instead it
came too far up table which presented him the possibility of a scratch off
the 8 ball in the side for his next shot.
"Rolling the ball" simply means shooting the cueball without english and
allowing it to go where it naturally would.
Davenport is one of the best position players in the business, so he's
constantly manufacturing angles and cueball tracks to get to his next shot.
So to him, perhaps rolling the ball seems a little unusual. Personally I
like to roll the ball because it's less prone to error, as opposed to
continually creating angles with the use of english.
> > Most pro players will prefer to 'hit' the ball rather firmly than just
> > it because they usually deliver a better stroke when they 'hit' the ball
> > with authority. I'm not saying they're shooting harder but it seems (and
> > do that too) that it's a sign of good stroking and it prevents you from
> > hitting the ball badly. Also if you put a little sidespin (not
> > on the cueball it will not have time to swerve where as a slow roll shot
> > will make the ball swerve more and could result in a miss.
> > It seems the natural motion in our 'best stroke' is accomplished at a
> > certain speed, that speed being the one needed for a backspin.
> > That's why most pro player don't roll the ball often (only if necessary)
> > order to deliver a good stroke. I noticed the more a player gets in the
> > zone, the more he hits the balls with authority. Note also that the more
> > player is nervous the more he's gonna roll the ball (which marks a lack
> > confidence).
> > I don't know if this is the meaning of your question but it seems
> > it anyway.
> > Thierry Layani
> > www.layanicues.com
> Thierry, I believe your explanation is very accurate, imo. Kim
> Davenpot was comentating on a PBT match between Wetch and Parica and
> accurately predicted with concern in his voice, Uh,oh he is going to
> have to "roll the ball". Jimmy did shoot with follow, using some
> inside english, made the shot, but over cut it and lost position as
> you can see. My assumption is 'they' do not like to use follow even
> when no english is required? Here's the shot.
> Bob Hartman... beginning to appreciate draw more
> > > Why do Pro Players avoid 'rolling the ball', compared to using draw
> > > for position.
> > > Presumedly it has to do more with the accuracy of the shot as opposed
> > > to gettion position. But why is using draw more accurate in
> > > shotmaking? This question assumes all else is equal; speed, etc.
> > > Bob Hartman...needs to know