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BigRigTom
04-11-2005, 11:16 AM
According to Jimmy Reid the proper way to rack 9 ball is the 1 in front then the 7 & 8 in row two, 5,9 & 6 in row three, 3&4 in row four and finally the 2 in row five.
This supposedly reduces the chances of having an early combination on the 9 ball with the 2, 3 or 4 ball.

Does anyone agree or disagree with this plan and if so what are your thoughts?

bluey2king
04-11-2005, 12:14 PM
Hi Tom
I asked this Question about six weeks ago. Someone here really helped me. (Thanks who ever you are)
one ball
3,5 balls
7,9,8
6,2
4

Now watch from where you opponent breaks and put the 2 ball on the oppsite side. This almost always leaves the 1 and the 2 balls at oppsite ends of the table. This has helped me alot!
Bluey2King

9 Ball Girl
04-11-2005, 12:59 PM
For what it's worth, this is how I rack 'em:

1
3, 7
6, 9, 5
4, 2
8

tateuts
04-11-2005, 01:53 PM
I agree that the two and three should be at the back of the rack when racking for your opponent - for several reasons.

In many loose racks, one of the balls in the second row will not move when the rack is broken from the side rail. This is usually the ball on the same side as the breaker. When this happens, the nine often moves only a little, setting up the combo.

The other thing is when the two is racked at the front, getting from the one to the two is usually easier if the corner ball is pocketed on the break, making it a little easier to break and run out.

Chris

lord_shar
04-11-2005, 02:32 PM
I was under the impression that the 1-ball was always at the front, 9-ball at the center, and everything else is supposed to be random, at least according to the rule-book... is this true or false?

BigRigTom
04-11-2005, 03:07 PM
This is the exact text from the APA Team Manual:

"3. RACKING - Nine balls are used and are racked in a diamond shape. The 1-ball is at the front of the rack and on the foot spot. The 9-ball is in the center and the rest of the object balls can be placed in any numerical order."

So you can put the other 8 balls anywhere you choose.

mickeymouse
04-11-2005, 03:59 PM
And....choose you should!

John in NH
04-11-2005, 04:59 PM
Hi Tom,

You forgot to mention why Jimmy Reid recommends the one first and then 8, 7 followed by 6, 9, 5, next 4, 3, last 2 and that is so that the 9 is out of position for a combination off the 1, 2, or 3, you will find that this strategy does work over time, right or wrong his way of racking is sound.

Regards,

John

John in NH
04-11-2005, 05:07 PM
Hi Tom,

Sorry I misread your post, you are correct Jimmie's reasoning is correct and I agree with your post.

Regards,

John

1Time
04-15-2005, 01:13 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote John in NH:</font><hr>

You forgot to mention why Jimmy Reid recommends the one first and then 8, 7 followed by 6, 9, 5, next 4, 3, last 2 and that is so that the 9 is out of position for a combination off the 1, 2, or 3, you will find that this strategy does work over time, right or wrong his way of racking is sound.
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Good to know and worthy of a bump. Thanks