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35 Final Aiming System Part1 — from CJ Wiley's Final Pool Secrets and techniques – jj
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35 Final Aiming System Part1 — from CJ Wiley's Final Pool Secrets and techniques



This a three-volume billiard course broken into 39 chapeters. ESPN Champion CJ Wiley takes you from A to Z. CJ unlocks the mysteries of pocket billiards.

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  1. What he is doing is reverse engineering the shot…. normally a person cues the center of the cue ball and tries to replace the ghost ball for the center to center hit to pocket the object ball… since the object ball is always a different distance it is hard to be precise with that method…. so he just reverse engineered the shot.. and uses a portion of the cue ball which is always the same distance from you to aim at a defined part of the object ball…. his system is very creative… and would take a little getting used to… but, the man is one of the best players in the world…. I feel like he has shared something really special here with the pool world.

  2. I don't think any of these aiming methods works, because your head position changes as you get down on your shot. When you're on the shot, your eyes are much closer to the cue ball and perhaps moved to the left or right depending on eye dominance. Everything looks different.

  3. I don't like this technique because it requires aiming a non-center part of the cue ball at the center of the object ball. Most of the time you will have your cue positioned at the center of the cue ball, so it makes sense that you'd want to aim down your cue.

    Because of this it makes more sense to aim the center of the cue ball at a non-center position on the object ball, not the other way around.

  4. Interesting method. It reinforces something said to me recently… even being an poor snooker player takes a great deal of skill. All of what you say assumes a straight and accurate cuing action; which is what most people are struggling with to achieve consistency. I doubt most people have the headspace for translating your method to the table. Perhaps showing the half ball shot as the first example would help. It will show the advantage of your method a little more intuitively to players who aim directly at the ghost ball's necessary point of contact.
    I pesonally use a different set of techniques which are almost certainly old news to you, but I can se the value of your system and am exited to give it a try. It will give me a few extra percent on potting. Also I will run it past my captain-coach who is a much more knowledgeable player than me.

    People are used to seeing the depiction of the cb from behind. I suspect the people struggling with you system dontrealise at first the lines you describe are from a top-down view. In fact many players fail to appraise their angles from above at all.

    I have a couple of hints for such players which will take some explaining; but if you like I will describe the in detail. They involve the fundamentals of the half ball angle and seeing the six points furthest from the pots on the horizontal equator of the object balls. I can drop onto the table with a very close to perfect cue alignment and needing only minute corrections to pot. And I am really only a B grade pool player.

  5. This aiming system works best with the 3 Part Pocket System and The Touch of Inside system – as stated in the video "the ghost ball" is used to show the comparison between the center and edge of the object ball.

  6. Basically, he has designed a system on repeatability. It basically is the ghost ball system. BUT he is saying that a ghost ball method can be unreliable because it used your imagination. So instead of aiming for a piece of the object ball and hitting the center of the cue ball to create an angle, he reverses it. He creates the angle on the cue ball, something he can control. he can set himself up to the ball, choose your angle on the cue ball and if his form is good all he needs to do is aim at the middle or side/cut of the object ball.

  7. what ever the angle is on the object ball is the same angle on the cue ball, this helps visualize where that spot is on the other side of the cue ball, and aiming to center with that point should help your aim.

  8. Pete,
    I refer to Parts 1, 2 & 3 videos.

    Near the beginning of Part 1 the cue ball is shown split into 4 sections each side of it's centre line with each slice defined by a black line with a blue spot on each white part. However later on in Part 1, and also shown in the other 2 Parts, the blue spots are shown on the black lines.I find this confusing, could you explain the disparity and which should it be please!

    I do find your method most interesting and easy to understand, going through Part 1 several times does amplify the methodolgy, and for those persons who mention the negativity about the ghost ball, CJ is only showing it to illustrate the understanding of his system works and those persons have not appreciated or grasped this.

  9. Very interesting and creative way to aim a shot. But it's not exactly a revolutionary way to aim. We still have to visualize a ghost ball accurately to make a shot. Aiming different parts of the shaft at the outer edge, (right or left) just might be a better way.

  10. I am a good player who runs 50-70 balls in straight pool…I already stand good behind the shot and aim automatically…I did lots of research for aiming systems just for curiosity… this one I tried at home with SOME ADJUSTMENTS…I did not believe how good the results were! I also tried some combinations to check how precise it is…it was unbelievable !! 🙂 Thanks CJ for the vid…thumbs up!

  11. nice try but just like the GB you're still guessing as to if you are correct with the line that runs from that specific part of the CB to what you "think" based on distance is the center of the OB. Being able to see the overlap is good but unlike the pocket where there is a 4 inch difference at the pocket from where you hit the OB (using the point where the CB is struck one can make a V all the way to the pocket with the top of the V being as wide as the pocket which gives you some leeway in contact point) there are shots that require you to travel down a specific line like say for example playing a specific part of the pocket or playing a ball past another ball where you don't have the luxury of that V. But I do like the idea of playing a stripped contact area vs a point.

  12. "GEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZ!"  What the hell?   Like if it wasn't hard enough to make cut shots consistently!! This is the most confusing technique I ever heard of!!  I Think I would miss every shot with this system!!

  13. Too confusing for me. I guess I shot pool long enough that I just see the angle. the problem when I miss is not the angle but where I strike the cue ball or my stroke turns left or right making the angle change. IMO if you see the angle shoot straight the ball goes hard or soft.

  14. If you need to watch an 8 minute video 3 or 4 times to conceptualize a method, its too complicated, you need to visualise the ghost ball in this to know where the first line is, ie center of cue ball through the ghost ball, thats all you need to begin with so why complicate things with another line going from contact points to contact points, then trying to aim the whites contact point which you arent striking straight anyway cause you are hitting center ball, aiming with anything but center white seems impractical.

    Look at the line of the shot now pick a point on the table that is roughly half a ball in length from the edge of the contact ball along that line, aim at that (adjust for throw)

  15. C.J. I think your methods or the way you look at the game is simply brilliant . I don’t necessarily use TOI all the time . It is terrific to know though , saves a lot of missed shots. Thank you .

  16. This is strange. He says he doesn't like using the ghost ball method because he can't see the ghost ball, but then the ghost ball is a constant and integral part of the aiming system?

  17. i also think its confusing aan need alot of concentration.
    why
    reason 1 1st imagin ghost ball exactly behind and at line of aim( object ball toward pocket exactly behind we imgaine gb)
    2nd straight line from cue ball centre to ghost ball to object ball .
    3rd parallel line from cue ball to object ball.
    whf
    too much imagining
    useless system plz guys tell me and plz plz correct me if i am wrong and tell me what i didnt understand.
    I thhink fractional system is better. as just u have to remember 4 angles full 1/2 1/4 3/4 . and adjust them little bit according to your pocket position.
    plz plz plz tell me if i am wrong.
    i need help i alwayz miss pocket with little bit margins so i think i can play better if i learn some eassy way.

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