Pool Lesson | Great 3 Rail Diamond Kicking System Explained
27
February

By Stevie Adams / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /


Today I want to show you a three rail diamond
kicking system [INTRO SOUND PLAYING] Well, this is the first system that I’ve actually
learned when I started playing seriously. It’s very easy to understand and to apply. I assume most players already know that system,
but I am also sure that beginners and even some average players havn’t heard about it. Just a few indications. In this system we have three reference shots
or lines that I will show you first, and then I am showing you how to easily apply if the
cueball is not on these reference lines. So lets start! [TRANSITION TRIANGLE] Reference Line Number 1: We assume the cueball
is somewhere on the line that is drawn from the corner pocket to this diamond. All we have to do now is – to play the cueball
exactly towards that diamond, with high left! It’s very important, that you play every single
shot in this system with high left in order to work. And if we’re doing that, the cueball should
travel exactly along this path and will drop into the corner pocket. And as you may noticed, the cueball will on
it’s way hit the rail very near to these diamonds, and then go exactly towards the corner pocket. So let’s have a look. [SMALL TRANSITION] So the cueball is on the right line, and I’m
aiming excatly towards that second diamond. Remember: Play the shot with high left. And as you see, I am making the ball but the
cueball hit the long rail. So I am double checking, the see wether it’s
the fault of the table or if I did somethring wrong. Aaand.. I hit the exact same spot on the long rail. And that’s because, every table plays different
of course. Usually aiming towards the second diamond
works on most of the tables, but depending wether the cloth is very new or very old,
or the rails are harder or softer I have to adjust just a little bit. So here I determined that this table plays
a little short, and that’s why I am adjusting by aiming just one inch next to the diamond. And as you see, the cueball’s now heading
exactly towards the corner pocket. [TRANSITION TRIANGLE] Reference Line Number 2: We assume that the
cueball is somewhere on the line that is drawn from the corner pocket to this diamond. And all we have to do now is – to play the
cueball exactly towards that diamond (Remember: with high left). And if we’re doing that, the cueball should
travel exactly along this path and will hit the rail at this diamond. And as you may noticed, the cueball will now
on it’s way hit the rail very near to these diamonds, and then finally at the last diamond. So let’s have a look. [SMALL TRANSITION] So the cueball is on the right line, and I’m
aiming excatly towards the third diamond. Remember: Play the shot with high left. And as you see, I hit the long rail too early. And that’s because I forgot to adjust for
the table. Because on reference shot number 1, we saw
that this table plays a little to short. So I am adjusting –
and I not only hit the 5 ball, but also made it. [TRANSITION TRIANGLE] Reference Line Number 3: We assume that the
cueball is somewhere on the line that is drawn from the corner pocket to this diamond. All we have to do now is – to play the cueball
exactly towards that diamond (Remember: with high left). And if we’re doing that, the cueball should
travel exactly along this path and will hit the rail NOT at this diamond, but exactly
between these two diamonds. And that’s because the cueball will now travel
to this imaginary diamond if we extended the table and therefore will hit the rail at half
a diamond. So let’s have a look. [SMALL TRANSITION] So the cueball is on the right line, and I’m
aiming excatly towards that third diamond. Remember: Play the shot with high left. And this time I am not making the ball, but
I came very close. I am showing you this attempt, because of
course because I just can’t promise, that you will everytime make the ball when using
this system – that’s just not possible. But: You have very good chance of course. [TRANSITION TRIANGLE] Before I am showing you how to adjust if the
cueball is not on that line – let’s summarize real quick what we’ve learned so far: – If the cueball is somewhere on this line,
and I am aiming towards this diamond – the cueball will hit the rail at this diamond – If the cueball is somewhere on THIS line,
and I am hitting towards THIS diamond – the cueball will travel to the next diamond and
will go into the corner pocket. – And iif the cueball is somehwere on this
line, and I am hitting towards this diamond, the cueball will travel to the next diamond
and will hit the short rail at half a diamond. [TRANSITION TRIANGLE] Of course the cueball won’t always be on one
of those lines. But to adjust is very simple. Let’s place the cueball at a random place
and an object ball that is hanging in the pocket. And now I am using Reference Line Number 1,
because this line brings me towards the corner pocket. I now just have to move that line until it’s
over the cueball. And now I am looking for the line, that is
exactly between those to. And where this line hits the rail – is my
target where I am shooting the cueball. This is the line that the cueball will travel. And now comes a very interesting part. If we compare this line, with the line of
the cueball on reference line number one. We see that the cueball will actually travel
the same path towards the end. And that’s because if we hit a lot of rails
with running side, the angles are self correcting. That’s the same principle by the way, that
happend in Chris Mellings famous 4 rail shot. I dont’ say that this shot is easy, but I
saw a few people recreating the run, and the easiest shot to recreate was acutally this
4 railer, because of the self correcting angles. But no let’s get back to our topic. [SMALL TRANSITION] This is the reference line number 1: Now I
am using my cuestick to move that line parallel. And now I am moving my cuestick excatly centered
between those lines. I extend that line until I hit the rail – and
this is my aiming point. [SMALL TRANSITION] So now the object ball is not hanging in the
pocket, so I am using reference line number 3. I am aiming towards that diamond, and move
my cuestick half way, I imagine the line, adjust for the table, and I have determined
this point on the table to hit. I hit the cueball with high left, and I made
the five ball. [SMALL TRANSITION] And in the last example, of course I use reference
line number 2, because the object ball is next to this diamond. Again I am doing the same thing, adjusting
a little bit, and managed to make the ball, with rail first. [TRANSITION TRIANGLE] The object ball of course won’t always be
exactly on one of those spots that I was showing yoz�. So if the object for example is at half a
diamond at the long rail, I am neither using reference Line 1 nor reference Line Number
2, I am using the line that is exactly between those to, because this line will bring ma
half a diamond to the short rail of course. So you can easily adjust depending where the
obbject ball is placed. [SMALL TRANSITION] And the object ball also won’t be exactly
on a rail all the time. Making the object ball then becomes harder,
but hitting it is still a very doable task. I know, if I am using reference line number
2, the cueball will travel from this diamond to this diamond, and I have a very good chance
to hit the ball. You just have to study where the cueball will
hit the other two rails, when playing different lines from different angles. [TRANSITION TRIANGLE] A few hints at the end: If you want to make more balls using this
system, you need to be able to play a repeatable shot. If you’re giving too much or too less spin,
or hit too hard or too low – the path of the cueball will of course change. But If you figured the behaviour of the table
out (remember: we did that with the cueball on reference line number 1) and if you can
play the same shot again – this system is very reliable. You will make at lot of balls, and it’s almost
impossible to not hit the object ball. So if you have any questions about this system
– just let me know in the comments. I will give my best, to make things clear
for you. If you enjoyed this lessons and got value
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85 thoughts on “Pool Lesson | Great 3 Rail Diamond Kicking System Explained

  1. This is the first kicking system that I've learned when I started to play pool seriously, so I thought it's time to put in a video lesson. It's very powerful and helped me many times when playing matches. If you have questions, just feel free to ask. I've put a lot of work into this one, so if you liked it – give me a thumbs up.

    Enjoy your lesson!

  2. Thanks man, this clears up some details I had been thinking about, and how to manage being in between; that is Vital!

  3. Thank you. Love your videos by the way. Very helpful. This really made this system easy to understand. I knew about it and can do it sometimes. but this was just a really great way of explaining it. I will be trying it out tomorrow during practice!

  4. I have used rl 1 effectively applying spot on the wall ….but thank you for the adjustment part of the video …..very informative

  5. I really wish we could see who DISLIKED this video… cowardly dislike without a single negative comment. WOW!

    Great Video by the way!! thanks for sharing this.

  6. Enjoyed the video but this is basic stuff. Like you to show more complex kicks using the diamond system. When you see the pro's hit shots that are very difficult, they always seem to know the right method in getting a kick ! How?

  7. Hi Shari, at 4:21 you show an image with a green area defined as " System Covered Area". What does it mean? Object ball must be inside that area or cue ball should start from there? I'll check myself asap.. 😉 Really great video , thanks for sharing it!!

  8. Tor Lowry, Spot on the wall – simplified and more powerful system, works perfectly:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp2VuwN5Tkw

  9. I think it's important to keep in mind that the cue ball isn't actually heading towards the final target diamond like you said a couple of times, but to the RAIL directly in front of the diamond (or the imaginary diamond). Big difference there.

  10. Holy shit Batman, I know this but something clicked and now it all comes together. Thanks for all your effort. Since following you on Utube I have jumped up one rating, in just two months.

  11. you could also pick a spot on the wall from your reference line instead of splitting the difference between the two lines

  12. Excellent, S-man! You have a very approachable and understandable way of teaching. I use your advice CONSTANTLY to help other players—and the pool gets better every day! (I just make sure that the lesson is appropriate to the skill level. Don’t want to jump too far past someone’s ability to execute.)
    You, and people like you, are great for this most difficult and beautiful game.

  13. I was exactly looking for this! Much thanks bro! But folks remember without practice, u cannot do this…so good luck practicing and becoming better!

  14. Hi Sharivari, I've always played this shot with the understanding diamond 2 on the third rail has a natural roll to the opposite corner pocket. Then I apply the math shooting from the corner pocket labeled diamond 5, to the third diamond along the first rail, should take you to diamond 2 on the third rail with natural roll to the corner. The math is 5 – 3 = 2. What I see you doing is 5 – 2 = 3 with the third diamond on the third rail having the natural roll toward the corner pocket. Of course, using high running English. Am I mistaken? Your system seems to work just fine, but it goes against what I have always believed since I learned this shot years ago…and, not always making it. Sometimes I do cheat the diamonds a little to make it work, so it's hard to tell if my 5 – 3 = 2 system actually works. I will try your system. Just confused. Thank you.

  15. I don't think it is necessary to have the closed captions on the screen, it's very distracting. You speak perfect English even though you have a foreign accent.

  16. This is a great way to line up kick shots so long as there are no other balls in your way. The problem is when you have a table full of balls and you need to make that corner shot.
    What I’d like to know more about is making bank shots. I’ve had a bank shot where an opponents ball was in the way, but I know there’s a way to use English with a bank shot to make it go around their ball and still make the shot. Could you make a video where you go into detail on how to do that and also how English and the speed you shoot a bank at will effect the path of the ball? It would be so helpful. Thanks for all the great pool info. I look forward to every video you make. Dee😁👍

  17. thank you for this lesson. very informative. i do understand how all tablles are"necessarily the same.

  18. Thank you – I really enjoy your lessons. In this case, rather than splitting the differences, why not just use the "spot on the wall" technique for a random placement of the cue ball?

  19. Nice video but I thought you'd teach a 2nd option for when the cue call isn't on the reference line, a system I use all the time that I find much easier, the 'Spot on the wall' technique.

  20. Although I love all of your videos and how well you explain everything, this is by far one of best and it's helped me so much become a more consistent player all around. Thank you and keep up the great work!

  21. I found this helpful. Maybe YOU won't. Use reference shot #1 pictured at the beginning of the video. Aiming at the 2nd diamond should allow the cue ball to make an object ball in the opposite corner pocket if the table is "on". If you want the cue ball to strike approximately one diamond to the right of the object ball, then you must aim approximately one diamond to the left of the reference diamond (#2). The cue ball will strike left, right, left, right on each of the four successive railes relative to where the reference cue ball struck. If you want the cue ball to strike to the left of the corner pocket, then aim to the right of reference line #2. The cue ball will strike right, left, right, of the reference contact points with the successive rails, and finally left of the corner pocket.

  22. It's really helpful…. I'm new in pool… I think your videos help me to know how to play perfect.. ❤ Oneday I'll be a good Player 😎

    Love and Support from me😌..

    From : USA

  23. dude…awesome info…I have watched and actually purchased a couple of Diamond Systems from coaches.. but your version is new and priceless territory for me…Thank You

  24. In my pool hall have to aim exactly at the THIRD diamond (the diamond that follows the side pocket) with high left and it goes three rails into the corner pocket. Why is that? Can someone explain why this system doesn’t work in my pool hall?

  25. Great video, explained plainly and easy to digest. Thank you for making this video.
    Ps feel free to make a 2 rail video as well 😁

  26. I’m curious to why you didn’t keep the rail diamonds numbered 1, 2, 3 respectively, instead you have 1 in the middle? It just seems it would be easier to remember keeping them in order.

  27. Excellent instructional….not many people actually explain how this system works with the object ball "not" on a rail.

    Thank you for that and keep up the great instructionals
    ~Steve

  28. When I do this shot on my table, the first diamond gets me in consistently, the following two get me one and two diamonds respectively on the short rail away from the pocket. Just a table thing?

  29. you could also adjust that first kick and the others, by taking the left off. that will cause it to move toward the pocket and in my opinion is better than aiming off on the diamonds.

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