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Extract of text from our Coaching DVD
THE GAME TO WIN`
PLAYING WITH TOPSPIN
studied the effects of screw and drag shots, and the backspin they can generate
on the cue ball, the next logical stage of your coaching is to learn the art of
important point to remember about topspin, and backspin for that matter, is that
you are still aiming to strike along the imaginary vertical plain of the white. If
you don’t contact this centre line when playing topspin, you will
inadvertently apply what is called ‘check’ or ‘running’ side - which we
will discuss later.
engage pure topspin on a pool ball, you must strike marginally above the dead
centre of the white with the cue tip.
with playing screw shots, the only part of your body and stance that alters when
employing topspin is the height of your bridging hand. The
fingers should be drawn further inwards towards your palm - in effect, raising
the level of the bridge.
all temptation to simply lower the butt end of your cue when applying ‘top’.
should be embedded in your mind by now - the cue must remain almost parallel to
the bed of the table during all strokes.
to the shot in question: Let’s
see what happens when we set up the familiar practice black, and execute the
shot with topspin.
(Demonstrated on DVD)
(Demonstrated on DVD)Notice again, before Jason plays the stroke, his bridge hand has been raised to facilitate a level and smooth cue action.
we have just seen, having applied topspin on the white, the generated action
carried the cue ball all the way into the pocket after the black.
(Shown going in-off)
(Shown going in-off)Of course, in normal circumstances this would result in loss of game, but for our tuition purposes it perfectly highlights the effects topspin can create.
again, when you have become confident and proficient at potting the black from
about twelve inches, try increasing the distance between the object ball and the
white, (as Jason is demonstrates). At
this stage, always practice straight pots and try to propel the cue ball into
the pocket after the colour - it makes it much easier to gauge your accuracy.
be disheartened however, if the white doesn’t quite find the pocket every time
as nobody, not even professionals, are that good! If
you manage to get it fairly close on a regular basis, you are doing very well.
you progress to angled shots, you will find that the effects topspin can cause
are quite remarkable.