If you find yourself up against a player who is considerably better than you are, you may want to consider a defensive 8 ball strategy to help improve your chances of winning. There are a few different defensive 8 ball techniques that we'll focus on in this billiard tutorial, including winning the break, shot speed, choice of group, and pocket holding.
Winning the break is an essential part of a defensive 8 ball strategy. You must devote yourself to winning the break, and focus on never letting your opponent take the first break shot. When you are executing your break shot, focus on a medium-paced break shot, and avoid full-powered break shots. Concentrate on pocketing the two solid balls on the wide ends of the triangle. (wing balls) You'll also want to try and leave the 8 ball entangled with several balls from the striped group.
If you have accomplished the above defensive 8 ball strategy successfully, you will note that the solid group of balls will always have the advantage. Strive to pocket a few more solid balls in the inning. When preparing to shoot, consider where the cue ball will end up after the shot plays out. Try to ensure that if you miss your shot, your opponent is snookered or does not have any easy plays and open shots.
To accelerate your defensive 8 ball strategy, try shooting with a lower level of power. This will help to ensure that if you miss your shot, the object ball will still hang out very close to the intended pocket. Not only will you be set up for an easy shot, but you'll also be effectively blocking that pocket for your opponent. This is called holding the pocket.
Finally, when playing out the game, observe where most of your opponents balls are clustered, and implement a pocket holding strategy in that area if possible. Of course, you'll want to delay pocketing those balls holding the pockets until absolutely necessary.
Using a combination of these defensive 8 ball strategy techniques, you can increase the chances of winning against an opponent who is generally a better player than you are.
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Hello, some of us feel that defensive pool takes away from the game. I myself play both now, but only because I want to shoot against the better players in the area. This is the game they play but to switch back and forth has hindered my game, but I still go for the shot even though not a high percentage one because my opponent has played a safety. And oh I love it when they do. It gives me a chance for my artistic side to come out. Now they know and are scared so now I have to conform with my friends ways or continue to play both ways. To do love both ways, play the GAME.
As playing a lot against Filipinos and old semi-professional Americans players whom them all much better and constant than me...i have a higher percentage of wins against them playing a defensive games. If u open your game pocketing 6 of your balls, missing your last shot against guys so accurate, you lose...literally impossible to win against players like them if they have six or seven ball left on the table, u very happy, u have only one ball left but she will stay on the table until the end after your opponent had finish the game....u lose again.... But if those guys have one ball left, then u start to play a defensive play against them with your seven balls left...u start to have a good chance. Specially against pool killer, who knows is superiority...i mean a nasty game who the best opening shoot is to break a problem on your game then make him a nice safety...usually they really enjoy to have to give u your first ball in hand (but not your last) of the game...someone are also bad loser specially when they have to shake your hand after losing a game who they had gave 3 ball in hand to u because they never see this fucking last ball really clearly...a nice win against a much better player than u is more funny for me than a table run...anyway, a play a lot and everyday but i don't make so many table runs...but those guys better than me, who run more tables than me...i beat them with good percentage, when they give me a chance to do it...using a pocketing safe strategy...don't give a easy shoot at your opponent in case u miss your object ball, u pocket-it but in case u miss, your opponent will have only a hard shoot to do...also pure safety call, pocketing one object ball then give the table to the opposition...and also playing just a safe play, hiding the cue ball (just be sure to touch a real because giving ball in hand at your opponent is not safe)...what a fun to kick them ass.....Gabi magic
The whole "breaking softly" concept hinders good players as well, cause not only defense for you is at a flaw but the fact that nothing may go in and he would take solids just how you intended and puting the right english on it you may always break apart and cluster, knowing this by experience, me and my brother have been playing for 9 years and i am 18 im in APA, so those good pool players who know their english can always diverse the break and fix it, so hitting it hard is something you might wanna do, and just think about your english while you play, but dont always shoot just to give them a bad leave try and come up with a cunning way of giving you a leave but not them, or giving them a diffecult leave.
Tournament or money game eight ball requires a significant amount of defensive skill. The essence of eight ball is that you are seeking the same objective but through a different route. If your route is impeded by the opponents ball set-up, you must do all you can to deny an easy route for your opponent. Blocking a crucial pocket, improving your table setup while denying access to shots should be part of every player's arsenal. It is quite possible to defeat a person of greater shooting ability by using a superior strategy. The reason eight ball is so popular is that it is easy to be competetive.