This is very much like the shot that Paul Newman plays at the beginning of "The Hustler". The red ball is frozen to the rail with the cue ball almost touching. It looks impossible for the red to get past the cue ball and into the opposite corner pocket, but it can be done. Watch and learn!
It's a dangerous world out there. If you walk into the wrong place, you could get eaten by a shark! Maybe not eaten, but you could lose a huge amount of cash if you don't have your wits about you and you fall victim to a professional hustler. To help keep you out of trouble, I present this simple list of things to look out for when invited by a stranger to shoot a few frames.
Look out for people playing in hats
The Top 10 Ways to spot a Pool Hustler
They are not drinking as much as you, but appear more drunk.
They moan very loudly about their bad luck when they miss a shot
They are from ‘out of town’
They offer you one more game – a chance to get all your money back
They seem to know a lot about giving head-starts for someone who just started playing yesterday.
They set the balls up very quickly. A hustler doesn’t want you thinking too much between frames.
They tell you they have just won the lottery and decided to take up pool for ‘fun’
‘Fun’ turns out to be playing for £20 a frame
They are wearing a trilby hat
They tell you that their name is ‘Jeff’, but the barman calls them ‘Sharky’