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"Planting the Balls
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A 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 and error.

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.

If 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.

In 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.

In 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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