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3 non-consecutive reds

Postby Ander

Name: 3 non-consecutive reds
Level: 1 - BEGINNER (1-20 break player)
Section: Cue ball control

The transition from brown to blue is the key for clearing the colours. If you're having trouble to score a 27 out of them you can try this routine.

You can improve your cue ball control by trying to leave the white above or below the "blue". When you pot a ball, it comes back to his spot, but you can't pot it in the next shot. That's why we call them "non-consecutive".

If you are a beginner, try not to lose position and stay on the "brown" and "blue", and leave the "black" just in case you end on the wrong side of the blue to go back.


When you've mastered the first shot and you really know how to stay above/below the "blue", you can make it harder by going from "brown" to "black" and "black" to "brown"; or pot the three balls in succession going down and then up back to baulk.

This routine helps to improve your concentration. Start by putting 10-15 balls as a goal and once you feel you can't miss, switch to time and keep focused for 10-15 minutes. These would be good results:

- Beginner: 6-9 balls
- Intermediate: 9-15 balls
- Amateur: 15-25 balls
- Pro: 25+ balls

Re: 3 non-consecutive reds

Postby TheSaviour

"The transition from brown to blue is the key for clearing the colours."
I can´t agree with that. The shot from brown to blue is one of the easiest there is. The key to success is to leave enough angle for the brown. It is easy to pot the brown if there is enough angle, and it is even easier to get a some sort of a good position for the blue. I would say that the key for clearing the colours is always the yellow. It is a very difficult to pot the yellow and get a good position for the green, which is a very much required if you fancy to clear the colours. And even the professional players tends to screw up the angles regarding playing the black. They leave too little angle for the black, and a shot or two later the break-building is over. Considering black is a relatively easy to still pot if there is a big angle, a similar to brown (notice their spot positions!).

Still nice you have attached a video like that.