Thanks for your replies
stated that the real secret to good quality draw shots was
acceleration through the ball.
Thank you for the feedback, and as some of you need reassurance, Ill
take the argument a little further.
About 15 years ago, while a College Lecturer, I needed a project for
some Technician students who were required to produce a "design and
make" type piece of equipment as part of their course work.
As we had a billiard table 6 x 12 available I encouraged them to make
a device which would deliver a
cue in a piston like manner with a variety of differing types of
action. The device produced relied on the pendulum action of a
swinging weight, and had adjustments which enabled the cue to move
through long or short straight strokes.
When the device was set up, the students marked where the maximum
speed that the cue would hit the ball was, and then experimented with
ball placing, so that the ball could be hit with an accelerating blow,
by placing the ball before top speed was attained. To cut a long
the results of their work more than confirm what I stated
originally, that for a lengthy draw,
the ball is best struck with an acceleration. But I must add, that it
was possible to get draw shots with the cue positioned for maximum
speed, but not as good as those where the cue was accelerating.
One thing the lads did, which was interesting was to take a short
piece of nylon about 2 inches long
by half inch dia., and machine a circular groove across the centre at
right angles to the axis.
This was glued to an old cue, 2 inches from the tip, to support it
so that the centre of the tip was exactly half an inch above the
cloth. This enabled *** strokes to be made through the ball
with a guaranteed strike height, and no ripped cloth. The nylon was
allowed to rest on the cloth and slid safely during the stroke. You
would have to try this to believe how effective it is, but it looks
Incidentally, using THE METHOD for producing a draw, it is reasonably
easy to place the white ball on the green spot and***of the red
ball placed on the blue spot, into the middle pocket, without the red
rebounding of the top cushion, over the baulk line. It requires a very
long light stroke