A DRIFT CHART — EXAMINED
This Drift Chart (Figure 12-1) is not proportionate to the Court. It is a replica of the Chart that I used for many years. It shows the Scoring Diagram, and discs positioned at the Target Points for the Practice Rounds.
Figure 12-1 Stan speaking in 2020: For whatever reason, the drift chart does not appear. My apologies.
The two narrow areas on the Centerline, below the 10-8 Line, and below the 7-8 Line and the four areas bordering the outside lines define an area where your Cue Disc, when Shot at the Speed for a Score in the middle of the 8, or the 7 (a Fat-8, or a Fat-7) will often kill an opposing disc and Score as well.
When Shot at the correct Speed for scoring a Middle-8, or a Middle-7 (and your Cue Disc deflects at about 45°) the Cue Disc may not go on the Centerline, the Outside Line, or into the Kitchen (not guaranteed, but it is something to Shoot for).
The numbers are those used by The Modular System. The white on black 43 is a reminder of the 43 Point Limitation.
19, 35, 51, 67 are the Lower Limits of the additional Singles Modules. The Lower Limits of the Doubles Modules (11, 27, 43, 59) are etched into your mind through constant use, and are not shown. 21+, 37+, 53+, and 69+, show the Score in Doubles when you can afford a Kitchen (take 10-Off) and stay in the same Module.
In Singles, because of the mathematical difference between Singles and Doubles, you can afford a Kitchen only when you are one full Module Ahead).
(Figure 12-2) shows a chart marked for Yellow at the Head. I have removed the reminder numbers shown on (Figure 12-1) for clarity.
The arrows are not a part of the Drift Chart. They were added to the drawing for explanation only, and show the sequence of Practice Shots.
Most players use a sequence that suits their purpose, and most shoot from near the Inside Front Corner.
The sequence of Practice Shots is examined fully in Chapter 13.
Shots #4, #5, and# 6 are Shot from the Inside Front Corner of the Starting Area (next to the Separation Triangle), and are marked with lines roughly parallel to the Court Centerline, they show the aiming Points, and that the Shot was from the Inside Front Corner of the Starting Area. Shot #4 may be either to the 10, or the Centerline Double, whichever you prefer.
Shots #1, #2, #3, #7, and #8 are Shot from the Outside Front Corner of the Starting Area. The marks are placed on an exaggerated angle to show the Shot originates from the Outside Front Corner of the Starting Area.
Tip: Often Shot #7 will Drift sharply (dive in) toward the Centerline. You can compensate by shooting from six inches (one disc) toward the Separation Triangle from the Outside Front Corner of the Starting Area. Aim for the intersection of the far Lag Line and the edge of the Court. This allows you to aim far enough UpDrift to permit your Cue Disc to stay on the Court, and also get past the Head Block.
Although you know where you practice the different Shots from you always use the same sequence and shoot from the same place (in the Starting Area), these angled lines differentiate between the Practice Shots, and Shots you may be forced to make to these Spots from the Inside Front Corner.
The mark represents the Aiming Point and is placed on the UpDrift side of the Target Disc. The distance of the mark from the Target Disc is the amount of Drift to that Target. If the Drift is to the left, the compensated Aiming Point is marked the proper distance to the right.
Mark your chart with a pencil. (you can erase the marks if they prove to be wrong). When playing the Yellow (or Red) use red lead. When shooting Black use black lead.
Obviously, a Drift Chart is useless if you do not refer to it before every Shot. Use a Drift Chart. Play to Win.
The Guy Who Wrote the Book: 2005 07 04.