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NV B.71 – Back-hand English (BHE), from VEPS II

By • Feb 25th, 2019 • Category: Billiard Tips

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Dr. Dave and Tom Ross describe, illustrate, and demonstrate the back-hand English (BHE) method to compensate your aim for squirt when using English. This is an example shot from Disc II of “The Video Encyclopedia of Pool Shots” (VEPS). The VEPS series includes over 750 shots in 50 different categories, with over 250 “gems” of the game. The series is the most comprehensive collection of pool shots ever published. Disc II covers English and position control.

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13 Responses »

  1. Agreed. Nothing beats solid intuition and “feel” developed over many years of practice and successful experience.

    Thanks for the comments,
    Dr. Dave

  2. It’s an option for sure, and I can see it may make sense as an instructional tool, even so, that intuition you’re alluding to IS / ultimately should be the objective, in my humble opinion. I’m afraid there is no shortcut to perfection. I’d share it if I knew of one.

  3. Excellent points!

    Agreed. This technique might not be for everybody, and it does take practice to use it effectively … like anything else in pool.

    However, BHE can have a huge impact on some people’s games, especially if they are not good at intuitively compensating for squirt, like top players are.

    Dr. Dave

  4. Note I realize you’re not actually recommending to turn around one’s axis during the stroke itself, but positioning oneself that way before back swing and stroke. It’s true we all do this incrementally whilst aiming – o.k. as long as we’ve positioned ourselves reasonably close to perfectly to begin with. The fact remains that we tend to fall back into that initial, balanced position. The more tired one is, the worse it gets, which is why tournament players should vary staying put, not strain!

  5. Love your videos, but this is the first I don’t not agree with. Experience tells me people, once they turn one way or the other, have a tendency to turn right back into the original position during their stroke, because of the static and muscular imbalance they’ve put themselves in. I agree one might do this on exceptional occasions such as the one shown, but it’s bad practice to even dream of rotating one’s body during any shot. The shot can be done avoiding the risk of developing bad habits.

  6. I’m glad you like it. Please help spread the work about my “Video Encyclopedia of Pool Shots” DVD series. Tom and I have worked really hard on them.

    Dr. Dave

  7. I’m so excited about this info, it has already helped my game. English has always been frustrating for me cos of the squirt issues. Thanks a million Dr Dave.

  8. On the DVD, we show many different alternatives: BHE, FHE (front-hand English … moving the bridge hand), and combinations of both. These methods will work for some people, but others will prefer to just intuitively place their cue along the necessary line for each shot … but this requires lots of “feel” and succussful experience.

    Dr. Dave

  9. I’m not sure… may be it works with you, but about my game I dont agree… i would change the direction if i do it like that. Move the bridge right or left… my own opinion.
    I’m not noob 🙂

  10. Thanks. I’m glad you learned something useful.

    Dr. Dave

  11. great video! didnt know that different cues have different pivot lengths for BHE. Very usefull to know!

  12. You’re welcome. Please help spread the word about my vids.

  13. thanks dave

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