Speed of the Cue-ball

No object balls are needed for this drill. This will help you understand the relationship between the cloth and your cue-ball. You need to be comfortable knowing how hard the cue-ball needs to be hit to travel certain distances. Great drill for people with speed control problems.

Here is a great drill with speed control, and only one ball is needed. That’s because the table will be pretty crowded with a bunch of pieces of chalk. I like to use about 5 pieces of chalk and a notepad. The goal is to have the cue-ball come to rest at the piece of chalk you aim for.

Try to hit the cue-ball center, but as long as you don’t have the cue-ball run into the chalk or scratch focus on your speed control.

It is a good idea to have a notebook with you to record which chalk you are aiming at. You want to go through all the distances in random order. That way you get the practice of adjusting your speed. Keep notes of the distances so that you make sure that you go through them all the same number of times. You can also use the score dials at the end of the table if your table has them. With the dials you can keep track of up to 8 pieces of chalk using each dial as 1 through 9.

illustration of pool table for speed control