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05-21-2019, 03:25 PM

Here's my outline for a lesson I gave to a top pro, who shall remain nameless, about six years ago. Hope someone finds it helpful

14.1 Lesson Plan Outline


I Introduction


1. What Makes A Good 14.1 Pool Player?
a) Awareness and command of the various break shots that begin racks
b) Command of the mid-rack and knowledge on opening clustered balls without losing shape
c) Knowledge of basic principles for running the table once the balls are open
d) Knowledge of how to reposition balls already in the open to improve run out prospects
e) Knowledge of what balls to leave for the end pattern and how to leave a break shot
f) Knowledge and command of defensive and tactical play
g) Exceptional speed control and the ability to play short, accurate position

2. Terminology
a) Break ball
b) Key ball- the ball used to get shape onto a break shot
c) Key to the key (or "setup" ball) - the ball used to play shape onto the key ball


II Offense


1. Awareness and command of the various break shots that begin racks
a) standard break shots into the bottom corner from above the rack
b) standard break shots into the bottom corner from under the rack
c) side pocket break shots, zero, one and two rails
d) the head spot break shot, one rail and two rails
e) other break shots played into the top corners

2. Command of the mid-rack and knowledge of how to open up clustered balls
a) clearing the rails sooner rather than later
b) unblocking blocked pockets to clear a path for other balls
c) choosing the best attack angles when running into clusters
d) use of insurance balls (also called safety valves) while breaking clusters
e) solving problems early rather than late in the pattern

3. Basic principles for running the table once the balls are relatively open
a) playing the balls in groups
b) clearing the top of the table before the end pattern
c) clearing the area below the break shot before the end pattern
d) identifying certain balls as untouchable
e) abandoning a pattern and/or a break shot
f) playing a pattern that requires minimal cue ball movement in the end pattern

4. Repositioning balls already in the open to improve run out prospects
a) creating a break ball
b) creating a key ball
c) bumping a ball off the rail

5. Knowledge of what balls to leave for the end pattern and how to leave a break shot
a) leaving two break shots as a safeguard
b) some desirable end-rack configurations of the balls

6 Special end-rack solutions
a) Leaving the cue ball in the rack on the last ball
b) Bumping the last ball out of the rack while leaving cue ball in the rack
c) Leaving the last ball in the rack to be spotted at the head spot
III Defense and Tactics in 14.1

1 The opening safety
a) after loss of the lag or after your own three foul

2 The most basic safeties with an undisturbed rack
a) on the top ball
b) front of the pack, middle balls
c) front of the pack, corner balls
d) behind the pack, middle balls
e) behind the pack, corner balls
f) with ball in hand and opponent on a foul
f) safeties off the only loose ball

3 Developing defense
a) Creating individual threats
b) Approach to creating multiple threats
both sides of the pack
threats near the side pocket or top rail
avoidance of covering existing threats

4 Taking the likely defensive counter-play into account
a) anticipating the response to a given safety
b) anticipating the defensive sequence
c) changing your plan

5 Taking a scratch
a) The one rail back-scratch
when to use it and how hard to hit it
where to contact the back of the pack
b) The two rail back-scratch
when to use it
how hard to hit it
where to contact the back of the pack
c) Freeze the cue to the pack?
d) Freeze the cue to the rail?
e) To concede a difficult shot
f) To concede a shot from which opponent cannot produce much offense

6 Strategy changes when opponent ended last inning with a foul
a) abandoning a run if you get stuck
b) abandoning a run if you are low percentage shot

7 Escape tactics
a) taking a third foul
b) taking a second foul before shooting a very difficult shot
c) inducing your opponent to play too passively in their defense
d) responses to a back-scratch
e) responses to front of the rack second ball safety
f) response to back of the rack second ball safety
g) when you are frozen to a rail during a safety sequence

8 The 14.1 End Game
a) when you have game on the table and opponent does not
b) when opponent has game on the table and you do not
c) what to do if you determine that you cannot run out
d) what to do once you determine that you can't leave a break shot
when to run out and then play one of the standard safeties
when to run out and then pocket the one loose ball that remains
e) two-way shots on game ball
  
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