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atthecat
12-23-2007, 02:05 AM
I just thought up a practice game for 2 people to play. It's focus is on position play. It's called Red Eye.

The game is 9 ball and it's race to 25 points. The game is centered around a circular piece of red cloth that is 12 inches in diameter. In the center of the cloth is a smaller black circle, 5 inches in diameter. The inner circle is worth 3 points if you land on it and the big circle is 1 point.

Here's how you play. The breaker puts the circle dead center in the middle of the table and breaks. If he makes a ball he continues his run and gets 1 point for each ball he pockets on the break as well as a point if he parks the cue on the circle. If he doesn't make a ball but parks his cue on the circle he continues his run and gets a point. Then he places the circle where he wants to get position for his next ball. If he misses the circle on that next shot he loses his turn no matter if he pockets the object ball. You have to make the shot and land on the circle to get a point and continue your run. It's all about position on the next shot. It has to be realistic position though, no long shots just because it will be easier landing on the circle.
The position you have to get after pocketing the nine ball is dead center just like on the break. Then re-rack the balls and continue your run.

A legitimate safety is worth 1 point and a kick out of a safety is worth 1 point.

First person to 25 points wins.

How good will your position be after playing this game? Damn good!!!

cuefeene
12-23-2007, 05:12 AM
i think this is a great idea.

sad_clown0306
12-23-2007, 05:24 AM
In the theory it sounds god but practically it isnt at all.

Because between every shot you have to put the cue away, position the cloth and then pick up your cue again and so forth. You never go into your rhythm like in a normal play.

Ralph Kramden
12-23-2007, 06:31 AM
We used to play in the same manner using a poker chip. We would lay the chip on the table where the next position for the cueball was called.

You would have to pocket a ball and leave the cueball within 3 balls from the poker chip. You would only get a paid if the following ball was pocketed from that cueball position.

atthecat
12-23-2007, 12:28 PM
Yeah, the game wouldn't have a lot of flow to it but it would make your position deadly. That's the point. I don't care about flow for a practice game. Not a real game, just a way for 2 people to practice.

atthecat
12-23-2007, 10:54 PM
Anyone else play a game like this one?

Patrick Johnson
12-25-2007, 07:36 PM
Anyone else play a game like this one?

Another way to emphasize position play in an otherwise normal game is to simply call the next shot (ball and pocket) before shooting the current one. This means you have to shoot the shot you called whether you get position for it or not.

You can play any game this way, but for instance in 9-Ball, before you shoot the 1 ball you have to call the pocket you're going to shoot the 2 ball into, and so forth throughout the rack.

pj
chgo

Johnnyt
12-25-2007, 08:37 PM
Another way to emphasize position play in an otherwise normal game is to simply call the next shot (ball and pocket) before shooting the current one. This means you have to shoot the shot you called whether you get position for it or not.

You can play any game this way, but for instance in 9-Ball, before you shoot the 1 ball you have to call the pocket you're going to shoot the 2 ball into, and so forth throughout the rack.

pj
chgo

This sounds like a good hustlers game for 8-ball. Johnnyt