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- Thread starter Elmo
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Using the Sid System, where does the contact point begin on the end rail. Each diamond is labeled 10, 20, 30, 40.... But where is 1??? Is it the corner diamond or how does this work? Using the corner as zero doesn't look correct.

Thanks for any input!

The first two diamonds are whole # 1 and 2, the rest are by 1/2. 2 1/2, 3, 3 1/2, 4, 4 1/2, 5..

Mark

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Yes but on the end rail the diamonds are 10, 20, 30, 40.... Where is zero.... What is the starting point for the 10,20,30,40?

Yes but on the end rail the diamonds are 10, 20, 30, 40.... Where is zero.... What is the starting point for the 10,20,30,40?

On a 9 foot table its roughly 12.5 inches from the first diamond towards the corner. It actually begins at the tip of the rubber on the long rail. The long rail rubber tip is zero.... Hope that makes sense....

If you work out the geometry in detail, the numbers on the second rail are off a little but as listed they are easy to remember.

For those who are wondering what "System Sid" is, here is the diagram from Walt Harris's book, "Billiard Atlas". To hit a spot on the second cushion, multiply the number for the spot by how many diamonds the cue ball is from point X. In the example, the target is 2.5 and the cue ball (Q) is 3 diamonds from X so the target is 7.5 on the short rail. Note that the short rail (M) is numbered 10 to the diamond, the second rail has a variable numbering that you have to memorize, and the rail you are shooting from (O) is numbered in units to multiply with. Harris recommends renumbering the O rail according to the second rail number, so in the example it would be numbered 0, 2.5, 5.0 and 7.5 starting from X.

If you work out the geometry in detail, the numbers on the second rail are off a little but as listed they are easy to remember.

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Nice diagram! I think some people are under the misconception that the corner diamond is further down. It actually begins at the tip of the rubber as shown...

Yes, there is a simple extension to long-rail first shots. For that kind of shot I think it's easier and more accurate to construct the mirrored target.

For those who are wondering what "System Sid" is, here is the diagram from Walt Harris's book, "Billiard Atlas". To hit a spot on the second cushion, multiply the number for the spot by how many diamonds the cue ball is from point X. In the example, the target is 2.5 and the cue ball (Q) is 3 diamonds from X so the target is 7.5 on the short rail. Note that the short rail (M) is numbered 10 to the diamond, the second rail has a variable numbering that you have to memorize, and the rail you are shooting from (O) is numbered in units to multiply with. Harris recommends renumbering the O rail according to the second rail number, so in the example it would be numbered 0, 2.5, 5.0 and 7.5 starting from X.

If you work out the geometry in detail, the numbers on the second rail are off a little but as listed they are easy to remember.

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Thanks Bob for the explanation of the "System Sid".

Using the Sid System, where does the contact point begin on the end rail. Each diamond is labeled 10, 20, 30, 40.... But where is 1??? Is it the corner diamond or how does this work? Using the corner as zero doesn't look correct.

Thanks for any input!

The Sid System along with other kicking systems is covered in this video and well worth the $8.99. Over 153 minutes of instruction.

http://www.zerox-billiards.com/pool-lessons-kicking-tips-secrets-of-pool.html

Enjoy.:smile:

John

I agree. And there are several easy ways to do this visually, without any numbers or calculations, as demonstrated in the following video:Yes, there is a simple extension to long-rail first shots. For that kind of shot I think it's easier and more accurate to construct the mirrored target.

NV E.7 - Mirror Kick-Shot Aiming System, from HAPS III

For more info, and for demonstrations of related systems, see:

equal-distance mirror kick-shot aiming systems

Enjoy,

Dave

If anyone else has any links or wants to trade instructional DVDs/accustats dvds please share or pm me

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