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Circle Drill

Try this if you need help with your shot selection in 8-ball or straight pool, or need to get in the practice of using shorter shots to keep the cue ball near the center of the table. Set up the balls as shown, with the cue ball in the middle, and attempt to sink them all in the available pockets. (If youíre a beginner, you can start with fewer balls and a smaller circle.) The cue ball canít leave the circle or hit another ball after a shot. Youíll notice that applying draw (striking the cue ball below center) is a must, and that a little left or right English will help you steer around the circle. Itíll be easy to start with, but you need to think ahead for those last few balls.