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The Spider FAQ's - Learn to Play Better Pool and Billiards

  1. Why can't I see the laser lights on the table?
  2. How am I supposed to use the green Cue Ball Circle?
  3. The cue ball does not follow the cue ball deflection line as I expected.  What happened?
  4. How do I know I have placed the object ball in the correct position?
  5. I have the ball loaded properly, but I only see two (not three) laser lines on the table?
  6. I can see the red laser lines but not the green cue ball circle?
  7. When I am using the green cue ball circle, where do I aim?
  8. I “know” my cue ball is aimed and rolling over the center of the cue ball circle, but I still miss. Why?
  9. Will The Spider work on any size pool table?
  10. Can I use The Spider to practice with my snooker game?
  11. Can The Spider help me with bank shots?
  12. Is there a money-back guarantee? What is the warranty?
  13. Can I practice with the red lasers off? How do I turn them off?
  14. How am I supposed to use the green Cue Ball Circle?

1. Why can't I see the laser lights on the table?

      The laser line projections serve to indicate where a ball (object ball or cue ball) will travel under specific 
      conditions. The visibility of the laser lines may vary depending on the lighting conditions over and around the
      table. 
       *If your laser lines are very hard to see and you have purchased a Spider prior to January 1 2005,
try
       changing the batteries
. If you ordered your Spider prior to January 1, 2005, a new pack of batteries
       will be sent to your shipping address.


2.  How am I supposed to use the green Cue Ball Circle?

       The green Cue Ball Circle indicates the exact position of the cue ball at the moment of contact with the
       object ball.  This position is often known as the "Perfect Relationship". When shooting or rolling the ball over
       the cue ball circle with adequate speed, means that the shot is "replacing" the cue ball circle with the real   
       cue ball.  
 Aiming the center of the cue ball (with no left or right spin) at the center of the cue ball circle will
       cause the perfect relationship to occur.  Aiming on “edge” of the real cue ball at the corresponding edge of
       the cue ball circle also will cause this to occur.



3. The cue ball does not follow the cue ball deflection line as I expected.  What happened? 

       The cue ball deflection line indicates a path that the cue ball will travel if it has no spin (top, bottom, left or
       right spin) at the moment of contact.  Causing this to occur is very difficult.  
Many people think that 
      shooting the cue ball easy with a center cue ball stroke will apply no spin.  This is not true because the
      table cloth will apply friction that will cause the ball to have “top spin" (the ball rolls); therefore, the cue ball 
     
has top spin at the moment of contact.   The cue ball deflection line should be used as a reference line that
      indicates (on one side or the other) the true path of the cue ball depending on the spin applied (top or
      bottom).  The more “top or bottom” spin applied the further from the cue ball deflection line the true path of
       the cue ball will be.

4. How do I know I have placed the object ball in the correct position?

None of the laser lights should come on until the ball is in the proper position. The real clue that you have “loaded” the object ball properly is to make sure you see a vertical laser line on the object ball. This is the contact point and will indicate you have it properly “loaded”.

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5. I have the ball loaded properly, but I only see two (not three) laser lines on the table?

If you only see two laser lines, the third laser line is probably being “blocked” by the “leg” of The Spider. Remember, the dome of The Spider rotates so that it can be positioned so that it is not in the way of any input or the path of the object ball or cue ball.

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6. I can see the red laser lines but not the green cue ball circle?

It is likely that the cue ball circle light on the dome is not activated. Push the cue ball circle button. If it is activated, a green light should appear on the button.

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7. When I am using the green cue ball circle, where do I aim?

From the video and instructions, the green cue ball circle represents where the cue ball must be at the moment of contact. To have a successful shot, the cue ball must “replace” the cue ball circle at the moment of contact. The aiming point is the “dot” in the center of the cue ball circle. Shoot (with center cue ball English) the center of the cue ball over the dot (the aiming point).

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8. I “know” my cue ball is aimed and rolling over the center of the cue ball circle, but I still miss. Why?

If you are truly “rolling” the cue ball over the center of the cue ball circle (the aiming point) and still missing, I would suggest that you are not hitting the cue ball in the center. From the instructional tape, learning the perfect relation ship of the cue ball and object ball at the moment of contact is the first step in maximizing the benefits of The Spider.

Try this drill to see if you are hitting the cue ball in the center or applying “English” without knowing it.

Place the cue ball on the table between two “diamonds” so that a line from one diamond through the center of the cue ball to the other diamond forms a 90 degree angle with the rail that the diamonds are on.

Shoot the cue ball with center cue ball English striking the diamond at the opposite end of the table. If you are hitting center cue ball (important in using The Spider), the cue ball should return directs down the line from which you shot. If any spin, left or right, was applied, it will cause the cue ball not to return on the desired line. This drill is most effective when medium shot speed is applied (the harder the more obvious spin will be).

Practice this drill until you “know” you are hitting center cue ball.

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9. Will The Spider work on any size pool table?

Yes, it is designed to work on any size or type of pool table.

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10. Can I use The Spider to practice with my snooker game?

Today’s model of The Spider is for the United States’ pool. An American pool ball is 2 inch ball, while the snooker ball is 2 1/8. Look for more information on the Snooker Spider on the Website soon.

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11. Can The Spider help me with bank shots?

It can help you in that it can show you if you hit exactly where you thought you needed to hit on the rail.

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12. Is there a money-back guarantee? What is the warranty?

PrimeQuest provides a 30-day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the product. Call 1-800-300-0418 to find out more.

The Spider comes with a manufacturer’s 1-year warranty.

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13. Can I practice with the red lasers off? How do I turn them off?

The Spider is not designed for use without the red lasers. The red lasers indicated that you have the object ball properly under The Spider, and the target line is pointing in the pocket.
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