To start the setup, place a ghost ball (the striped ball in the picture) on the spot and align the first two balls behind it. I use my cue stick, pointing to the point of the corner pocket, to make the alignment.
I place the 3 ball directly behind the 2 ball, so they're aligned square with the table (parallel with the long rail, perpendicular to the short rail).
The 4 ball is not frozen to the 3 ball. The gap is shown in the previous photo. The 3 and 4 balls are aligned toward the side pocket. With the gap, you can point is closer to the near point rather than allowing for throw.
For the 5 ball, freeze it to the 3 ball so the tangent line between them is pointing about 1/4 diamond up the long rail from the corner pocket. The chalk cubes indicate where the diamond sights are (or should be).
I place the cue ball on the headstring so my cue stick is over the short rail point of the corner pocket. I aim full on the fourth ball and hit it with a firm stop shot. Pay close attention if you miss anything so you know how to adjust.
Here's a setup shot that I developed after being inspired by my work for Radiant Pictures. There's a five ball cluster near the spot set up in a "Y" shape, hence the name.
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