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Safety Toolbox -
Defensive Strategies & Tactical Tools
Buy this book!
is Power" - this book provides the advanced defensive strategies
and tactical tools used by professionals and road players for decades. These
are the details of defense they would never intentionally reveal.
This is the entire collection of
safety tricks and traps accumulated over 50 years of playing experience.
Everything is revealed here. Every secret
and every stratagem is identified, with specific details and
procedures on how to apply them.
Just reading this material will improve your winning
percentage by 10%. Put some time in on a practice table and that will
improve even more.
Here are some results you can expect:
Give these "benefits" to your opponent:
- Way too many bad leaves.
- Frustrating loss of game & table control.
- Psychological wear and tear.
- Sneaking suspicion of being played (but can't prove it).
- Physical exhaustion from constantly getting up for one shot and then going
back to the chair (and racking too many times).
- More losses to you than they have ever experienced.
What others will say about you:
- What happened? He's a much tougher player now.
- Where did that shot come from?
- Didn't see that coming.
- I never get a shot. I don't like playing him.
- Why can't I beat this guy. He used to be easy.
- Jeez, I have to work so hard every time I play him.
- Can't get any decent shot for a run-out.
- He's no fun to play with.
- What's with all these safeties?
- I can't play him any more. He's taken all my money.
Consequences of this knowledge:
- Enjoy the game much more.
- Stop opponent run-outs.
- Get out of bad circumstances.
- Manage and play around your weaker skills.
- Identify and use opponent's limitations.
- Know when to go for the win (and when to side-step).
- Gain expanded tactical options.
- Handle chaos control.
- Learn sophisticated table layout management.
- Discover a huge library of unexpected tricks & traps.
- Master predictable cue ball and object ball travel
- And much more.
Stick skills you will gain (practice required):
- Consistent control of the cue ball.
- Precision stick speed with micro control.
- Enhanced draw, follow & spin.
- Reliable caroms.
- An ancient, easy to learn, devastating stroke.
Mental capabilities gained:
- Confidence of possessing intelligent table management options.
- Game patience that reduces your worries (and blood pressure).
- Develop a high level of trust and faith in your game plan.
- Whole game strategies tailored to the skills of our opponent.
- Simple and clever tactics that destroy.
- A return of the original pleasures of the game - winning regularly.
Table of Contents
About the book - a little blurb about the how best
to use the book.
From the author - a little background on the
Psychological warfare - the real truth on how
to be a serious competitor
1 Safety types
Introduction - an orientation to the various safety
Bad angle - very low percentage options to gift to
your friendly enemy.
Bridge required - take advantage of your opponent's weak side.
Confusion - make it tougher table, on purpose.
Distance - leave shot choices that are far, far away.
Frozen cushion - not an obvious Safety, but surprisingly effective.
Hidden ball - play hide & seek with your opponent's skills and mind.
Illegal shot - win by giving up ball in hand.
Over-a-ball - who can shoot well over another ball
2 Safety exercises
Introduction - explains simple, non-boring ways to
use these to gain skills quickly and easily.
Analysis training - how to quickly gain experience in analysis and
Close in control - manage precision control of the cue ball.
Control cue ball - put the cue ball anywhere on the table with spin and
Control object ball - manipulate the object balls to help you and
hinder your opponent.
Control speed - learn how to intentional push the cue ball to a precise
Cushion first - a secret Safety to spring on an unsuspecting opponent.
Incremental control - learn how to get a "feel" for cue ball positioning.
Roll your own - make up your own custom exercises with these
Scrape the paint - an ancient billiards skill, brought up to present
Side spin - control the cue ball with spin instead of draw or follow.
Wrist stroke - the stroke that was owned only by balk-line billiard
players - adapted for use as a devastating skill in pool.
3 Safety principles
Introduction - why even do safeties? Find the reasons
Comfort/chaos zone - chaos can be your friend. You can also wield it as a
Concept of defense - a full description of how and why the
safety tools are necessary to a defensive strategy.
Key knowledge - valuable operational factors that ensure you can make
Mindset matrix - the mechanism (a simple thing, really) that
ensures you will make outstanding, situational table decisions.
Motivation - personal reasons and rationale to justify taking advantage
of unsuspecting opponents.
Opponent analysis - strategies to apply against any type of opponent.
Personalities - quickly size up opponents with tips on how to take
advantage of them.
Playing habits - identify bad habits and how to use them. Also
determine the different shooter types and how to adapt your game to defeat
Safety plan - how to develop plans that prevent your opponent from
using his strengths.
Think it through - the true and trustworthy way to think your
way to successful safeties.
4 Safety tactics
Introduction - this section introduces game
tactical choices and actual, real-world applications.
8 Ball examples - real-table examples on how to play
9 Ball examples - real-table examples on how to play
Ball in hand - so, you got a reward for your opponent's error. Here is
how to ensure it doesn't lose the game for you.
Bank into a safety - no one will really know that you can actually do
this on purpose.
Blocking pockets - intentional obstruction can have huge payoffs.
BPI (balls per inning) average - how to use your opponent's
shooting skills against him (and he can't do anything about it, even if you
Creating clusters - discover how these are your secret allies.
Double-kissing - how to use this with malice aforethought.
End game tactics - the smart ways to win when it's important
Hangers - want an almost fool-proof trap for your opponent? And, it
works more than 80% of the time.
Helper balls - use other balls to reconfigure the table layout.
Rare safeties - every once in a while, a really cool opportunity
presents itself - here are a few examples.
Two way shots - a viewpoint that ensures you can have your cake - and
eat it too.
Wall of balls - super simple hidden ball opportunities.
5 Tips and tricks
Amateur leagues - some tricks on how to play and win
in handicapped leagues.
Dead zones - excellent places to create unexpected difficulties for
Emotional dangers - how to prevent emotions from causing you to lose.
Energy transfers - how far do balls travel after contact? Simple
calculations that provide predictability.
Hero shots - here are ways to let your opponent try to be a hero - and
end up helping you.
Insurance balls - how to use trouble balls to keep you from
Last resorts - a plan when all your billiard god luck is bad and
Practice routines & safety games - how to use practicing time
to your best advantage - also ways to use games to improve your defensive
Safety battles - look forward to these opportunities to wear your
opponent down using simple patience.
Safety mistakes - how badly can your opponent screw up a Safety
attempt? Better yet, know how badly you can screw up.
Shadow zones - secret places to hamper your opponent.
Shooting the percentages - how often can you make a shot in 10 tries? This is
something you had better know.
Tactical missing - there are times when you do NOT want to make the next
shot. Discover when and how to purposely use this choice to win.
Temptation shots - ways to trap your opponent into take a
shot he shouldn't.
Up and down cycles - how to use natural energy cycles to help
6 Get out of trouble
Introduction - this section describes the ways you
can escape safety traps that your opponent will not expect
Ghost tables - you may have heard of ghost balls, how about using ghost
Kick to a big ball - a description on how some balls are "bigger" targets at
certain table locations.
Kick to a small ball - those areas of the table where you
want you set up kicks for your opponent.
One cushion kicks - learn how to calculate one-rail kicks.
Two cushion kicks - learn how to calculate two cushion kicks
Chase, a kicking game - one and two player games to train yourself on
the many ways of kicking yourself out of trouble.
Help - information on how best to use this valuable
Glossary - common terms you probably know, but are again defined.
Legal Notices - copyright, and other rights.