# Meador's Cube

## by Jim Meador

I have no clue if the following is of any value. But as I began
writing this article I realized it might be more significant than
even I realized.

I think all players realize that pool balls are spheres, and a
sphere's circumference is nothing more than a circle made up of 360
degrees. This fact can be of specific value in certain situations
(see shot at right), and of general value in others. For example, try
to see the object ball's contact point as a flat plane (or visualize
the entire ball as a cube.) The "plane" of the hit is the tangent
line.

Above is a ball, the circumference of which is divided into just 8
sections (of 360), each section consisting of 45 degrees. (Just
divide 360 degrees by the number of sections.)

Below I have reduced the number of sections (planes) on the object
ball to 4, creating a square. Now the tangent line is much easier to
visualize. Notice that the tangent line is at a right angle to the
aiming line.

Now, please do not run to your nearest table and start trying to
see the object ball as a cube as an alternative to proven aiming
techniques. This view is offered only to stimulate the imagination,
and to submit another way of seeing the tangent line. At the
illustrated distance, the ball would still have to be hit to an
accuracy of 15 degrees or so. Visualizing the ball as a cube for
aiming purposes would make it more difficult to achieve that kind of
aiming accuracy. "seeing" the ball for what it is is still best when
playing the game.

The shot below is an ideal example of how a frozen ball can be
used like a rail to kick the object ball using an interesting
visualization of the tangent line.

**Using The Object Ball As A
Rail**

You have been left with the 9-ball in the jaws of the corner
pocket. The 8-ball is frozen to the opposite rail, too far from the
corner to cut easily, and too straight to provide for an reasonable
bank shot. An easy safety is all but impossible. Call a carom-kick
off the 8-ball for the win.

A frozen object ball can be used as a rail extension. Thinking of
the planes previously discussed, simply visualize a line on the face
of the object ball that is parallel with the rail. Hit the line where
it touches the object ball, and the cue ball will rebound much the
same way it would have rebounded off the rail itself.

Practice this shot at lag speed with a cue ball hit 1/2 tip below
center. Set up other angles on a frozen ball and "discover" what
happens with the same speed and hit.

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