Billiard Instructional – Practice Games

Game: “Six and Out”six-ball-rack
Here are the rules:
1. Rack 6 balls on the foot spot and make a break shot.
2. Spot any balls made on the break and start with ball in hand in the kitchen.
3. BEFORE your first shot, you must assign a pocket for each ball to go in to. After you make your decisions, you cannot change your strategy…you must stick with your original selections.
4. Now run the balls in any order, but you must make the balls in the pockets originally chosen. If you run successfully, you win the game. If not, you lose.
5. Play against the ghost in a race to 10 games.
Note 1: If you want to make this game super hard, use all the same rules as described above, but run the balls in rotation.
Note 2: This is a pretty tough game. You must carefully plan ahead and execute nearly perfectly, making sure you stay on the ‘correct’ side of the ball.
Game: “Equal Offense”
straightpoolRack all 15 balls and break from anywhere in the kitchen. After the break, spot any balls that are pocketed. Take ball in hand in the kitchen and pocket balls in any order you choose. This is a call shot game, slop does not count, and each ball pocketed earns you 1 point. Assuming you don’t scratch or miss a shot, keep shooting until you get to the last ball, then stop and rack the 14 balls already pocketed. Now try to continue your run by pocketing the 15th ball and simultaneously using the cue ball to break open the rack, just like in 14.1 straight pool. If you manage to pocket the 20th ball, the inning is over. If you miss a shot or scratch at any time, the inning is over.
After 10 innings, add up your scores and compare your performance with the following chart provided by Tarl Roger Kudrick at the Internet Equal Offense site. You can use this chart to get a general idea of how you stack up against the rest of the pool world. Good luck, and have fun!

If your typical score is You’re probably better than THIS percentage of pool players   If your typical score is You’re probably better than THIS percentage of pool players
25 5%   76 55%
35 10%   80 60%
41 15%   85 65%
47 20%   91 70%
51 25%   98 75%
55 30%   106 80%
59 35%   114 85%
64 40%   125 90%
68 45%   136 95%
71 50%   160 99%


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