> Does anyone know of any educational material on the wonderful world of
> pattern play? Byrne gives us thoughts ... Fels gives us a set of
> guidelines ... Everyone tells us how to spot a good break ball and a
> good key ball.
to play good patterns, so maybe it is an important part of the game.
Caras said that the way Mosconi did it and a way that you can use is to
work extra *** the best pattern for the last five balls. (Ideally,
you find the best pattern for all balls left on the table after each
shot, but maybe that is too much calculation.)
> patterns in any particular situation?
move the cue ball as little as possible
take care of problems early
have an escape ball when trying a break-out
move the object balls minimally
use side spin minimally
rely on stop shots and follow shots
choose shots with options in case plan A fails
Some of it is what sorts of shots you are comfortable with. Mostly it
is a minimization of effort and risk. Often it is putting together
two- or three-ball patterns that are part of your best-known repertoire
into longer runs. I think a lot of it is subconscious; just play a
lot and your patterns get better.
A drill: roll five balls out onto the table and place a break ball,
and plan a pattern with cue ball in hand.