Caroms shots are useful in pool and they’re deadly if used at the right time in the right situation. A carom is any shot where the object ball or cue ball ricochets into another ball to move or pocket that ball. These shots are helpful when pockets are blocked or in situations you can only see a piece of your object ball and need to use the cue ball to pocket another ball. These shots aren’t particularly common in most matches, but, occasionally, opportunities arise where a carom is the best shot choice.
Much like combination shots there are some criteria that you should run through to decide if a carom is the best option:
After you’ve evaluated the carom and decided it’s the best option, it’s time to think about how to make it.
Sometimes two balls are frozen together and are extremely close to being at the correct angle for a carom but not quite. Some players see that kind of shot and look for other options, but they might not realize this is still a fantastic opportunity for a carom shot. Just as left and right spin can be transferred onto the object ball when its hit so can draw and follow. So, when an object ball is hit by a cue ball with draw the object ball gets a little bit of follow. The opposite is true if you use follow on the cue instead. This means that you can change the trajectory of a carom when you need to.
If you need the angle of the object ball off the carom to be more than 90 degrees you should use draw because it will put a small amount of follow on the object ball which will put it in the pocket.
And if you need the object ball off the carom to be less than 90 degrees then follow is needed since a small amount of back spin will be on the object ball.
Now you have all the tools you need to make caroms so go out and practice them to raise your game.