These Half-Table Carom Billiards layouts offer an excellent variety of table setups that show up in game af...
These Half-Table Carom Billiards layouts offer an excellent variety of table setups that show up in game after game. For Full-Table layouts, see the book Carom Billiards: MORE Riddles & Puzzles.
The layouts are designed to allow experimentation to try various cue ball speeds, spins, and angles. This provides significant personal competitive benefits:
• Intellectual training – Evaluate the layouts and consider how many pathway options are available. Make sketches of paths and cue ball speeds & spins for the practice table. This increases your analytic and tactical skills.
• Skills confirmation – As you attempt each path, your experimentation helps to determine whether it is viable (within your skills) or useless (too difficult or fantastic). This comparison between mental imagery and physical attempts helps determine the width and breadth of your abilities.
• Skills advancement – If a path looks promising, but execution fails, work with various speeds/spins to discover what works. Several consecutive successes will add this to your personal library of competencies.