This came up the other night in my 8-ball league. I'm playing one of the top players in the league, who's also a friend that I've never beat. I break, make a solid but no shot. Run 6 stripes down to this.
The twelve's easy to make, but how do I get shape on the 8? I'm afraid to get stuck behind the three blockers so I concentrate on getting enough speed with a little left to move whitey around the blockers and into the left rail and down to the 8. I left it about four inches from the eight in a straight line to the corner pocket! Problem is I didn't get very close to making the twelve. The only time I got back to the table was to try and jump out of a lock-up safety on which I fouled and eventually lost the game. I practiced this shot about twenty times after the match and could never make the twelve and get shape on the eight.