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Your Spot Shot Record? - 07-25-2004, 06:27 AM

Yesterday I felt like practicing straight pool by myself, to see if I could break my high run of 33 I made about 4 years ago. After about 20 minutes with a high run of 2, (I was having trouble getting a shot after the break shot) I gave up and decided to practice spot shots. What I did was I put the cueball behind the headstring, the object ball on the spot, with the cueball lined up to it across the table, shooting for either corner pocket. On my first try I hit 11 in a row, then I hit 12, missed, and quit. My record for this is 18. Has anyone else tried doing this before? About 30 minutes after, I got into some action and was playing very well, I guess shooting spot shots is a great way to warm up and practice too.
  
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07-25-2004, 07:09 AM

I have, while I was there in CA, but never got beyond 10 tries. It was just a fun wager thing initiated by a friend, most pocketed in 10 tries, and I was lucky enough to get 9. The spot shot is a real important shot in rotation, so being Filipino I'm expected to know this shot real well. Needless to say, my 9 out of 10 sucked. I need to find some practice time.

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07-25-2004, 08:21 AM

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Yesterday I felt like practicing straight pool by myself, to see if I could break my high run of 33 I made about 4 years ago. After about 20 minutes with a high run of 2, (I was having trouble getting a shot after the break shot) I gave up and decided to practice spot shots. What I did was I put the cueball behind the headstring, the object ball on the spot, with the cueball lined up to it across the table, shooting for either corner pocket. On my first try I hit 11 in a row, then I hit 12, missed, and quit. My record for this is 18. Has anyone else tried doing this before? About 30 minutes after, I got into some action and was playing very well, I guess shooting spot shots is a great way to warm up and practice too.
Well, in this case, I'm only passing on what I've heard from others. Supposedly, whenever he felt he was in a pocketing slump, Alex Pagulayan would practice SPOT SHOTS ON A SNOOKER TABLE until he made ten in a row. Sometimes it would takes hours and hours.

In view of this, it would seem that your choice to practice spot shots is a wise one.
  
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How Times Have Changed - 07-25-2004, 01:19 PM

Fifty years ago this would not even have been a subject on a forum. Back then the spot shot was one of the most important shots in pool. That was before the days of ball in hand(texas express) and the game of choice was six ball for gambling before it progressed to nine ball. In those days you spotted the balls on a scratch and shot from behind the line so the spot shot was key to your game. I practiced it all the time in those days and also there is a trick to making it consistently. In those days I could do a hundred in a row many times. But because of the spotting of balls you had to practice a variety of ways of making it for shape just like you need to practice it now for one pocket. It also helps on all angle shots because that angle of a shot comes up all the time in all games. The game was funner then.


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07-25-2004, 09:52 PM

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Well, in this case, I'm only passing on what I've heard from others. Supposedly, whenever he felt he was in a pocketing slump, Alex Pagulayan would practice SPOT SHOTS ON A SNOOKER TABLE until he made ten in a row. Sometimes it would takes hours and hours.

In view of this, it would seem that your choice to practice spot shots is a wise one.
I saw Mark Tadd do the same thing at Steepleton's in Lexington, Ky. some years ago. He was firing them in on a snooker table.
  
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07-25-2004, 11:50 PM

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. ... On my first try I hit 11 in a row, then I hit 12, missed, and quit. My record for this is 18. Has anyone else tried doing this before? About 30 minutes after, I got into some action and was playing very well, I guess shooting spot shots is a great way to warm up and practice too.
If you want to go for the record, you have a ways to go. About ten years ago P&B Magazine had an article about a guy in Florida who seemed to shoot nothing but spot shots. He played them with the cue ball on the head spot. His record was over a thousand in a row, as I recall.


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30 plus - 07-26-2004, 03:00 PM

I have made 30 plus. I shoot from the head spot with OB on the foot spot. To add another twist, I try to use the correct ball speed to park the cueball back on the head spot after making the shot. Talk about a tune up. Go for it.
I got back on the spot 5 out of 30. ( Thats any part of the head spot )
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07-26-2004, 07:07 PM

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If you want to go for the record, you have a ways to go. About ten years ago P&B Magazine had an article about a guy in Florida who seemed to shoot nothing but spot shots. He played them with the cue ball on the head spot. His record was over a thousand in a row, as I recall.
I really feel that DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak is far more approachable than 1000 spot shots in a row.

If one were to assume that somebody somewhere exists who can make 49 of every 50 spot shots (a 98% success rate), the odds of that player making 1000 in a row would be about 600,000,000 to 1. Even if you they could pocket 99 out of every 100 (a 99% success rate), the odds against them making 1000 in a row are over 23,000 to 1.

This guy in Florida is undoubtedly the king of spot shots and won't have to renounce his throne anytime soon. Long live the king!
  
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07-27-2004, 06:23 AM

I would say spot shot can be compared to a free throw in basketball. For a novice they aren't very consistent, but for a pro they should be. Does anyone know how many free throws have been made in a row ? I found out that someone has made 58 consecutive free throws in basketball matches, but couldn't find out how many can be made in practice. Seems that the spot shot is even easier than free throw in basketball...


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07-27-2004, 07:07 AM

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I would say spot shot can be compared to a free throw in basketball. For a novice they aren't very consistent, but for a pro they should be. Does anyone know how many free throws have been made in a row ? I found out that someone has made 58 consecutive free throws in basketball matches, but couldn't find out how many can be made in practice. Seems that the spot shot is even easier than free throw in basketball...
Mikko, the record for consecutive free throws made in a row is 2,750. This record was set by Dr. Tom Amberry in 1993. He was 72 years old at the time. He stopped at this number.
  
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Mikko, the record for consecutive free throws made in a row is 2,750. This record was set by Dr. Tom Amberry in 1993. He was 72 years old at the time. He stopped at this number.
Only thing I can say is holy sh*t ! 2750 consecutive successful free throws is outstanding...

Would you say that someone could make 2,750 consecutive spot shots in a row ?


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Only thing I can say is holy sh*t ! 2750 consecutive successful free throws is outstanding...

Would you say that someone could make 2,750 consecutive spot shots in a row ?
I would guess it could only be done by someone that is at least 72 years old.

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07-27-2004, 07:30 AM

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Only thing I can say is holy sh*t ! 2750 consecutive successful free throws is outstanding...

Would you say that someone could make 2,750 consecutive spot shots in a row ?
As mind-boggling as 2,750 free throws in a row is, it's much easier to make them in a practice situation than in a game situation where you're sweaty and fatigued, and where several people stand between you and the basket, providing a potential distraction from your concentration.

As for spot shots, whether in practice or a game situation, the odds are about the same.
  
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07-27-2004, 07:36 AM

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I practiced it all the time in those days and also there is a trick to making it consistently. In those days I could do a hundred in a row many times. But because of the spotting of balls you had to practice a variety of ways of making it for shape just like you need to practice it now for one pocket. The game was funner then.
It was funner back then, Nfty9er!

If you pocketed 100 spot shots in a row, and got leave, I'd venture to guess that you're still a pretty good player these days, even with the new rules.

Making the spot shot comes up all the time in one-pocket. This would be a good shot to practice.

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07-27-2004, 07:56 AM

Spot shot comes occasionally in straight pool as well if you end up leaving the last ball in the rack area. I'd say it's a medium high percentage shot making the ball from the head spot and split the rack open in the other end of the table, assuming you have left a good angle in either side of the spot ball. Not easy for many players though...


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