plant is when two balls are not touching - but are played one onto
the other to make a successful pot. The easiest plants are those
in which the two object balls are very close together and are both
directly in line with a pocket.
The greater the distance between the two balls the harder the
plant is to make, but the general principle remains the same. Cannon
the first ball onto the second as though the first ball is the cue
ball, thereby potting the second ball with the first.
Clearly this requires a high degree of accuracy as any error or
misjudgement over the contact angle will be highlighted during the
second phase of the shot. Judging the necessary angle is difficult
and will only become easier with practice, experience and trial
Often it is prudent to play plants as shots to nothing, as there
is a danger of leaving a ball on should you miss. Balanced against
this, is the fact that you should not be attempting a plant unless
you think there is a better than average chance of making the shot.
the shot goes in, then you need decent position for the break to
continue. It can be very annoying to make a difficult plant but
find that the break ends anyway due to a loss of position.
the first example we see two object balls and the cue ball are in
line with the pocket. Play it full ball to make the pot.
the second example the shot is more difficult to make. Take care
when assessing the contact angle and also ensure that a good white
is obtained. Should the pot be unsuccessful the white will at least
be travelling to the baulk end of the table and should hopefully
provide an element of safety.
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