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October 2012
Q. My game has always had the same weakness, and I have never been able to find anyone who could help me - and that's when it comes to bank shots. Any suggestions??
Candy; Hemet, Calif.

A. Unfortunately, there's no way around practice. I suggest starting with simple banks. Put an object ball near the long rail just a couple inches from the side pocket. Put the cue ball in line with the object ball's path off the rail and into the pocket. Shoot at a medium speed and hit the cue ball just above center. As you improve, move the object ball farther from the pockets. Try 50 shots at a particular spot with full focus. A systematic approach will help you see your mistakes and allow you make the appropriate adjustments much more easily. But it's important that you understand that a solution won't come from one-paragraph answer. You can also get a bunch of information, including videos, if you look online, which should help as well. But to be frank with you, most of the time, I find that people who are weak at bank shots over a long period of time are looking for a short cut. Nothing beats hard work. Good luck!