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This is the SIS (Intermediate level) Test Group, #1 of 3 (part of the Straight-in Shots group) from the Billiards Skills Competition Training Program book.

To score yourself (or when challenging your friends), see the Instructions below.

PURPOSE: Setup and shoot the layout three (or 5) times and record your score (see below). Ask a buddy (or several) to shoot the same shot. Compare scores. Pay the pot to the winner.


1) Buy a package of those little paper reinforcement rings (for binder paper) at any office supply section of any large store (i.e., Staples, Walmart, Target, etc.). These are also known as “donuts”.
2) Print out the Challenge Shootout table layout you want to try.
3) According to the table layout, put down the donuts on the practice table.
4) Set up the balls and start shooting. On a notepad, track your shots and scores.


Version 1 (3 shots per inning)

1 success in three = 1 point
2 successes in three = 2 points
3 successes in three = 5 points

Version 2 (5 shots per inning)

1 success in five = 1 point
2 successes in five = 2 points
3 successes in five = 4 points
4 successes in five = 6 points
5 successes in five = 10 points.

Challenge your buddies

Besides checking out your personal skills with the layout, get a few buddies together and put some money on the shooting and scoring results – say, 25 cents per turn per person, with the pot going to the first person to get a perfect 10 points.

Or there can be a round robin of, say, five innings. Everyone shoots an inning, marks their score, and then repeats five times. Person with the highest score gets the pot.

(You can also handicap this – i.e., a beginner might begin with 20 points, an intermediate with 10 points, and a good player at 0.)

These table layouts can be played on any size table.

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