Originally Posted by angldemn
I afraid this will sound a bit disrespectful, but if you are looking to practice the shots that come up most in a game of 9 ball, why not just play nine ball?
I believe their is much more to improving your game than to do that. If I just play 9-ball, I may slowly improve, but never truly become proficient at and master the shots necessary to consistently play 9-ball well.
On the other hand, there a number of shots that routinely come up in one form or another during 9-ball play. If you shoot these over and over in a practice based setting, you can not only master making them, but also master how to get position to any other shot.
These drills often come in the form of run out patterns. You shoot each shot over and over again until you can master the shot and necessary position. Now you are able to make that shot or slight variations of it with precision anytime it comes up during play. Once you have done that with all of the very commonly occuring shots, your run out percentage should improve dramatically.