Practice Patterns: 9 ball

Today’s tip is a good practice drill for 9-ball, and will put a bit of pressure on you to position the cue-ball correctly on each shot.  Start with the following setup:

Starting position for 9-ball drill

The 1, 2 and 3 balls are one diamond from the rail.  The 7, 8, and 9 balls are touching the rail, and the 4, 5, and 6 balls are between the others.

Some people would have you start with ball in hand, but I like to start with the cue ball in the center of the table.  Now, simply run the balls in order as you would in 9-ball.  The exception here is that you may not touch any other ball as you are running them out, until you shoot it into a pocket.

It looks like this should be fairly easy, but rest assured you must focus on each shot, and make sure you don’t get out of position.  When done properly, each shot should seem effortless.

If you have suggestions for practice drills you’d like seen on this site, please feel free to drop me a line.  Extra credit if you use to diagram your shot(s)!

Good luck, and let me know how you do!

Special thanks to DrawShot for iOS for the screenshots.

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2 comments on “Practice Patterns: 9 ball
  1. Juan Ramos says:

    I tried this tonight and to be honest it has to be the best drill i have ever done. For me im an average player and always had problems with ball control. and as simple as this looked to me in my head actually putting your cue down and actually making the shots you are looking for is difficult, but over all amazing! hope there are more drills or tips i can use

    • mkglass says:

      I’m glad it was able to help you. I will definitely be posting more tips and drills, so come back often! If you like my facebook page (, you’ll see every new tip I post.