How do you play the Diamond system?

We don't have anywhere near the time and space here that would be necessary to do that question justice. Hoppe's "Billiards As It Should Be Played" isn't a bad starting place to learn; Eddie Robin's "Winning One-Pocket" is much better, because it ties the system(s) to pool instead of billiards. Briefly, the diamonds on the rails are assigned one set of values for the object ball, another for the cue ball. You determine the object ball's numerical position according to the diamonds, subtract that number from the CUE ball's numerical position, and that yields the diamond you want to aim at on the first rail contacted. But this is the wrong forum for your question. Consult either of the two above books, or take a lesson or two; either approach will answer your question much better.
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