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Too tired for the 9 ball pattern that's very interesting, mañana. Later, jimmy

As you can see, there is no longer an automatic safety.
​Two shots here, my play here would be to point at the 1 ball and play it straight into the middle of the 8 ball.

Focusing mainly on spinning the cueball w extreme low right english @ 4:30 on the cueball, medium sped and a long smooth follow thru...

Not shooting hard enough to scratch into the top left corner pocket...

2 rails back on the other side of the 4 ball would be ideal if I hit the 1 ball into the 8 and leave it near the middle of that end rail...

It also looks like the 1 ball can bank and it's possible to get position
back to the bottom long rail on the 2 ball for a 4-9 combo next or with the best angle on the 2 over and back for the runout...

But you're not going to lose this game on 3 fouls in a row...

Let's suppose you were behind those 3 balls in the top graph and on 1 foul with a very tough hit on the 1 ball.

Then you would do the same thing and separate them if missing the kick at the 1 ball puts you on 2 fouls and those balls are still there it doesn't matter where the other balls are.

If your opponent can't make a combo on the 9 ball with ball in hand all he/she would have to do is put the cueball beside the 1 ball wherever it's at and play it off the end rail behind those 3 balls you didn't move earlier...

Step 1./ Walk around chalk up and study the table and keep your thinking cap on, push outs like this come up all the time, never leave the balls where your opponent will be able to play an easy safety...                  

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Jimmy Reid
​Boston Shorty...

Around 1978./ The last time I saw 'Stuff' (my nickname for Shorty for 55 years now) play 3 cushion billiards he was playing George Ashby a new superstar...
Ray Abrams in Oak Park MI was hosting the 25 point tournament...

First I bet one of those George Ashby idolizers $200 that Shorty would win the lag.
I've never seen jim lose one. He taught me how to lag... 

Then I parlayed the $200 betting on Shorty to win the match...  

My man Stuff broke and ran 18 out of the gate his first inning. Winning 25 / 10...

Meeting Shorty in the winter of 1961 @ The Mines Pool Room in Boston was the first great thrill of my life... 

1958./ 11 yrs old, watching 'Live From The Commodore Hotel In New York City The 9 Ball World Championship Of Pool, On ABC's Wide World Of Sports... 

Shorty was playing Harold Worst a race to 11 and had to beat him twice but Harold won the first set 11 / 5. What a magnificent powerful player Harold was, he died all too young in 1961 or 62 I believe...

Worst won the 9 ball event and collected $5,000, Shorty $3,500 2nd...

Changing channels I stopped and watched my favorite golfer Arnold Palmer win a tournament that was $3,500 1st..

From that point on I thought pool showed better on TV and it would always be more popular...

Wise decision. Golf pays millions now and pool is way below that $5,000 when bread was a nickel and cokes were 7 cents w 2 cents back on the bottle...

Larry 'Boston Shorty' Johnson! Without a doubt a great friend and I think the only player to ever win... 
​Professional Straight Pool, 9 Ball, 1 Pocket and 3 Cushion Billiards Tournaments. He's the only one I can think of...

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Hit 1/2 the 3 ball with high right english @ 1 o'clock on the cueball, the 3 ball goes in, the 8 and 6 balls also get moved. 

Doing this could make it very difficult for your opponent to play that automatic safety. Plus you will give him something to think about, below are the results I get...

This shot might just blow your opponents mind a little, after that break you were an underdog to win this game but this is or could be a real game changer.

Your opponent might think you're smarter than he/she is after this...


Okay your opponent broke and left this layout. Where do you push out to from here?

Pushing out anywhere from here will make it pretty easy for your opponent to bank the 1 ball back near the 9 ball or at least past the middle of the table and play a very good safety by putting the cueball behind the 3/ 8/ and 6 ball(s). Maybe I should just kick at the 1 ball...

What to do, what to do. This is my play...