Play The Foul Pool Game to Practice Playing Safety
Here’s a new game that will make practicing safe shots a lot of fun. It’s called Foul Pool.
The secret to playing a successful safety shot requires that you focus on the speed and finish of only one ball,the cue ball or the object ball you are hitting.
The most common dangers to avoid when executing a safety shot are:
1. Not visualizing the finished safety play (where you want the balls to land).
2. Lingering over your frustration that you can’t pocket the object ball.
3. Failing to get mentally focused that you’re playing a safety shot.
Anyone of these slip-ups can leave your opponent with an escape from your poorly played defense.
How to Play: Foul Pool
1) Rack the balls like you’re going to play a game of 9 Ball.
2) Break the balls like you’re going to play a game of 9 Ball. Here is where things change.
3) If you make any balls on the break, immediately bring them out and line them up on the spot. If you did not make a ball on the break, it is your opponents turn to shoot.
4) Continue to shoot at the One Ball with the intention of playing it as a safety shot. If you make it or make any other ball, spot them up and continue to shoot. You don’t lose your turn.
5) The object of this game is to cause your opponent to FOUL when it is their turn to shoot. When they do foul, you get ball in hand and again, playing another safety on the One Ball, attempt to safe them so they again commit a foul by not hitting the One Ball.
6) The nine balls always remain in play at all times on the table. The One Ball is the dominant target ball always being pursued to play a safety shot.
7) Each time your opponent fouls, they are charged one point. Use whatever means can keep score best. Whoever is first to commit 10 fouls loses the game.
55 Defensive Safety Shot Drills will help you to develop greater cue ball control and train you to see a greater number of shots that cause your opponent to foul and end up giving you ball-in-hand more often.