150 & Out : Draw

 

 

 

I practice the same draw shot over and over again. There is nothing especially difficult, or easy, about this shot. I want to strike the cue ball well, have it strike the object ball, and then run back obediently to the bottom rail.

Sometimes I jump the ball.

Sometimes I miscue.

Sometimes the cue ball stops like a stubborn cat instead of returning like a happy golden retriever.

Everything depends on how I hit the ball. After each attempt, I make tiny adjustments in my bridge, my form, or my stroke and follow-through, and try again. I do this relentlessly for hours. My eyes dry out. My bridge hand goes numb. I continue because I know I’m almost there, I’ve almost got it—

“HEY!” This is the man on the next table. “It’s the tip. What kind of tip are you using?”

I stare blankly at him.

“A bad one.”

 

 

150 & Out posts illustrate recent scenes from my life in 150 words or less. Enjoy your complimentary blog snack. 🙂

 

8 Replies to “150 & Out : Draw”

  1. I have similar issues with my draw shot being inconsistent.
    After I was told to make sure my stroke is smooth and not to try to force the draw or power the cue ball, it made a huge difference.
    Now, it’s just a matter of remembering to do so when I play… hahaha!
    (150 words or less 😉 )

  2. “Sometimes the cue ball stops like a stubborn cat instead of returning like a happy golden retriever.”

    Draw shot drills will never be the same. Thanks for the image.

  3. Oh no!!! With that image I will never be able to draw the ball again because I will be laughing too hard!

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