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A 14.1 PrimerGeorge Fels
There are any number of ways in which straight pool stands out from all other forms of pool, starting with its being the only game in which any object ball may be shot into any pocket at any point in the game. For our purposes here, though, let’s consider that 14.1 is the only pool game which continually requires its players to pocket one ball while moving others. (In just about every form of pool, including straight pool, you never want to send the cue ball into a second object ball unless there’s a purpose to it. But a lot of the time, it’s unavoidable — and 14.1 will always demand that you do so.)
That means that they continually tried to connect shots that eliminated object balls nearest the four corner pockets. That way, the cue ball stayed on the periphery of the pattern, gradually closing in on the last few balls left in the vicinity of the rack. In Diagram 7, you’ll see that running the balls in numerical order accomplishes just that. The player who can do that without ever sending the cue ball into a second object ball is not only well on his or her way to becoming an expert, but will be rewarded with a juicy break shot into the next frame.
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