FREEZE TO THE RAIL
“The last option is to simply rearrange your opponent’s balls with a random shot…”
If you want to take our safety game to a higher level, leave the cue ball frozen to the rail whenever possible. Because the rail blocks a major portion of the ball, it’s harder to aim. In addition, draw or English are difficult to control and that limits your opponent’s position options.
To make matters worse, when the cue ball is frozen to the rail, a normal stroke is somewhat impeded and it’s fairly easy to miscue.
These complications come together like a perfect storm. Your opponent is navigating his ship through rough water with slim chances of success.
Freezing the cue ball on the rail requires a soft touch and speed is the crucial factor. Practice skimming off an object ball from different hits and distances. Try to leave the cue ball as close to the rail as you can.
Frozen is best, but anything within an inch is good. If you’re down near a corner and trying to freeze on the back rail, slide off the side rail first. It’s easier to control the speed off of two rails.
Touch is illusive, but can be developed with practice and patience. Master this skill and your safeties will go from good to devastating!
When you’re playing safe, freeze the cue ball to the rail.
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