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Matthew Sherman

Two- And Three-Rail Bank Shots

By June 20, 2011

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two-rail bank shot, three-rail bank shot, bank shots, billiards, poolA great question today about two- and three-rail bank shots:

"Hi, Matt, my name is Damon. I am having much success with banking off one rail. I'm curious if you have any tips for banking off of two or three rails?"

Keep this in mind, Damon...

1) Most bank shots are missed short of the pocket. Bank a little wider at the angle and you'll be surprised how many go in successfully.

2) There is a good deal of feel and practice involved to develop the judgment required to sink multi-rail shots. But Marcel Elfers offers help on this site by way of a powerful multi-rail bank shot system that is both simple and effective for very long bank and kick shot calculations.

3) Avoid banks as much as possible in your shot sequencing and planning. A bad spot on a rail along a worn cushion and you're done for. Why take a chance in billiards if you can avoid it?

Photo courtesy of Marcel Elfers


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