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Odd or Little Known Aiming Methods / Techniques - 07-14-2019, 04:01 PM

Maybe you've heard of one or use one... maybe you invented it. Maybe it's a full blown "system" or just a technique for part of your aiming process. Cool. What odd or little known aiming system / method / technique do you have to share?

Here's mine - I forget where I heard about it, and I only heard it mentioned that once. I was impressed enough with the concept to make a diagram of it, but it looks like too much "math" for me to use. Anybody recognize it? Anybody see any worth in it? Anybody use it?

This isn't a complete aiming method, only a technique for visualizing the OB contact point - you still have to figure out how to hit it.

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07-14-2019, 08:46 PM

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Maybe you've heard of one or use one... maybe you invented it. Maybe it's a full blown "system" or just a technique for part of your aiming process. Cool. What odd or little known aiming system / method / technique do you have to share?

Here's mine - I forget where I heard about it, and I only heard it mentioned that once. I was impressed enough with the concept to make a diagram of it, but it looks like too much "math" for me to use. Anybody recognize it? Anybody see any worth in it? Anybody use it?

This isn't a complete aiming method, only a technique for visualizing the OB contact point - you still have to figure out how to hit it.

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Interesting. Also, from the cb's perspective, the contact point on the ob is always halfway between the ob center and the fractional aim point on the ob that is needed for the shot.


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07-14-2019, 09:48 PM

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Interesting. Also, from the cb's perspective, the contact point on the ob is always halfway between the ob center and the fractional aim point on the ob that is needed for the shot.
Yep, thatís one of the how-to-hit-it techniques (double offset / double overlap).

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Double Offset / Overlap - 07-15-2019, 08:55 AM

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Interesting. Also, from the cb's perspective, the contact point on the ob is always halfway between the ob center and the fractional aim point on the ob that is needed for the shot.
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Yep, that’s one of the how-to-hit-it techniques (double offset / double overlap).
The OB contact point is also always midway between the edges of the overlapping balls. Here's a graphic illustrating both versions of the same technique: the one on the left is double offset; the one on the right is double overlap (easier to see for cuts thinner than half ball).

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P.S. It might be confusing to say "the fractional aim point" here - I'd leave the word "fractional" out ("halfway between the OB center and the aim point on the OB that is needed for the shot").

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07-15-2019, 09:10 AM

You are officially an aiming system junkie.


  
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07-15-2019, 09:41 AM

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You are officially an aiming system junkie.
I don't use 'em - I just illustrate 'em for those who might want to.

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Parallel Lines - 07-15-2019, 04:35 PM

This one's a little better known than Bottom of Ball aiming, but still not quite "mainstream".

It's more complete than Bottom of Ball, visualizing both the OB and CB contact points. If you can do that accurately aiming should be easy.

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07-15-2019, 05:03 PM

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The OB contact point is also always midway between the edges of the overlapping balls. Here's a graphic illustrating both versions of the same technique: the one on the left is double offset; the one on the right is double overlap (easier to see for cuts thinner than half ball).

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This one always works. Always has, always will. I've always used it. I stand behind the object ball and pick the contact point. I visually freeze the point on the object ball. I then get behind the cue ball, look over it, and look at the contact point on the OB. I can see the distance from the contact point to outer edge. I measure that exact distance and take that to the other side of the contact point. I look down the line from the inside edge of the cue ball to the inside point on the object ball. I then allow the Univac between my ears to do its magic and I shoot.

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