AzB Silver Member
By pocket speed Im not talking about a slow roll, rather hard enough to easily make it to the hole but not slam the back of the pocket. I have seen players who like to fire them at about 3/4's break speed and rattle the ball on Diamond tables. I will take that easy shot on the 8 anytime, I certainly am not too good to win on my opponents hanger.So they don't leave it as hanger if they miss?
Exactly right. When you "cinch the shot", you sacrifice a little position to maximize your chance of pocketing the ball. Pros do it often when they face a very difficult shot, especially one in which the cue ball is against a rail.Cinching a shot is nominally shooting it in your comfort zone be it a certain speed, english, or angle. Often a player will sacrifice ideal position in order to cinch a shot ie. not miss it.
That's what I think as well. Cinching a shot is making damn sure you make the shot and not worried too much about a good leave or any leave. That means moving your bridge hand closer to the cue ball. Taking a smaller back swing to ensure there is no stroke error. And hitting it with a average to below average speed. No English. Close to center ball hit.none of the above has anything to do with how to cinch a ball
I think the main reason to avoid rolling shots is to avoid the the risk of the cueball veering out of spec. Obviously the object ball can veer off as well. Oddly there are cases when the object ball goes in cushion first where slow rolling the shot can actually cause the ball to hang. IOW hitting the cushion takes speed off the ball and subsequently hitting the open facing not only takes more speed off, the residual spin from grazing the rail can actually kill the rebound towards the lip causing the ball to remain in the pocket and that's not counting the object ball clinging or skidding into a steeper angle towards the cushion....a guy that I played with a year or so ago once told me that it would be wise to hit the 8-ball hard enough to make sure a miss wasn't going to leave it sitting right in front of the pocket. I hit many of those shots slower thinking that made the pocket play bigger, but would leave hangers if I missed.