Here is one method of banking a pool shot, which is usually called the mirror bank or ghost table trick shot. The first thing you need to do when you walk into the pool hall, or billiards room, is to measure the table. Then, just watch this video tutorial to see how to do the mirror bank pool trick shot, to embarrass your opponent.
With this simple technique the cue ball will follow the path of the object ball without scratching. If both balls are lined up with the pocket, an off-center hit will help in pocketing the object ball but not the cue ball preventing a scratch and lining up the next shot. Make a straight shot using follow.
Here is a basic technique in pool cue stick grip, stance and stroke. Reinforceable basics for beginners and advanced players. These are great tips to use before you walk into the billiard room. So, watch this video tutorial to see how to use proper pool cue stick grip, stance and stroke to get the shots in like they are supposed to be.
This video demonstrates how to cheat! It is possible to make a fast, hard shot, following through with the cue stick and simultaneously hitting another ball with the stick pocketing a previously untouchable ball. This is illegal, but it pockets the ball... Cheat at pool with an illegal cue stick follow through.
English, or putting spin on the ball, is what separates really skilled pool players from the casual bar player. Inside English is the kind of English where the ball bounces off of the wallward-side of the cueball. This video details a drill for improving your inside English, allowing you to play many more pool positions effectively and win more games.
Learn some shots that will help improve your position play in pool.
This pool shooting tutorial demonstrates how to control the cue ball using reverse English, opposite to the one that seems obvious. This will help line the ball up where you want it, preventing it from going too far down the table and allowing you to win the match.
This pool shooting tutorial illustrates the 90 degree rule, which states that when the cue ball hits the object ball straight, the two balls will separate at 90 degrees. This is true regardless of the "cut angle," or angle the balls are apart from each other. Use the 90 degree rule with cut angles in pool.
In this video, we learn how to play pool with the inside outside English drill. During this, you will pocket the balls into rotational order. The balls should be set on diagonal sides of the rail from each other. Set the cue ball in front of the first ball, then shoot using an English shot. After this, shoot from across the table using outside English to curve the ball. These will help define the skills that you have as a pool player. It may take more than a few tries to get this move done, b...
This video demonstrates the massé shot, in which the cue stick is almost vertical and a bottom left English is used to curve the cue ball around obstacles. This type of shot drives the cue ball into the table and can cause damage to the table fabric. Despite the risks, a large-curve massé looks very impressive. Make a large-curve massé shot.
Learn another drill to practice your bank shots in pool.
This pool shooting video demonstrates how to hit the object ball when an opponent's ball is blocking the shot. Simply visualize an imaginary ball at the rail to achieve the proper angle, moving the object ball away from the opponent's. Use the kick shot mirror image when shooting pool.
In this tutorial, we learn how to increase accuracy while playing pool. First, place the Q-ball on the head spot of the table, then you freeze an object on the opposite and shoot the Q-ball into the object ball and make the ball come back in the same path. You will want to ball to shoot directly back at you. This drill will help you develop accuracy and a better stroke. If you don't have a perfect shot it won't come back in the right path. Keep practicing this and in no time you will have inc...
Here are some aiming tips when hitting a pool cut shot. This video tutorial will make you the best billiards hustler around, so pay attention. Pool sharks practice, they aren't born that way. Learn how to aim for a cut trick shot in a game of pool.
Learn how to transfer English during a bank shot in pool. English is very important when considering and setting up a bank shot.
In this tutorial, we learn how to use a squirt and swerve side spin in pool. When you use swerve, the Q-ball will go straight, then curve, then go straight again at an angle away from the straight line. This depends upon if the cue is level, if it's completely level you won't get any swerve at all. This is the biggest problem when using side spin, so avoid when trying to use this technique. The squirt depends upon if you change sticks. The tip rotates on the ball and pushes the ball into a di...
Making fancy pool shots that send balls careening around the table may be impressive, but more often than not it's making short, easy shots consistently that will win you the game. This video will teach you an easy drill that you can use to improve your short-range cue control, which you can then use to set up combos and make sure you don't miss easy shots.
In this video, we learn how to play pool with a lesson in 8-ball position play. If you are playing a game of 8-all and you are the stripes, it's good if you end up in a position in the middle of the balls. You want to increase the margin of error by playing for an area of the table that supplies options. When possible, you want to play for more than one ball. Choose a ball that will give you the best chance of getting a ball or two in and placing the cue ball in a spot to where you will be ab...
Stun run through is the ability to put the right spin and speed on the cue ball that allows you to move the cue ball between 3 and 12 inches.
In this pool shooting video proper stance is demonstrated, from angle of approach to follow through. First visualize the impact line from the object ball to the pocket, then create an aiming line, take some practice strokes, and finally shoot, keeping your head down. Adopt a proper stance when playing pool.
In pool, a cut angle bank shot will have an amount of right spin. Use reverse, or right, English technique to decrease the rebound angle. By varying the amount of spin, you can change the angle of rebound and create a larger variety of rebound shots. Bank outside a cut angle, creating reverse English.
Check out this video tutorial on how to use back hand English in your pool game. This is the back hand English or aim and pivot aiming method for side spin compensation in pool or billiards.
Want a new pool game? Learn how to play nine ball in this free video series about the rules, special shots, and more!
Ever wonder what happens after you hit the cue ball or after the cue ball hits the object ball? Here are some of the dynamics involved when hitting the cue ball and object ball. This video tutorial breaks it down for all of you billiards beginners. Learn how to use pool and billiards shot dynamics.
This video illustrates an example of using the 30 degree rule and the path the cue ball will take. It shows the anticipated path when the ball is hit with medium speed, and it demonstrates the curve effect when the ball is hit hard. Use the 30 degree rule to determine cue ball direction.
Watch to learn how to aim bank shots well in pool. This video is geared toward beginner and intermediate pool players. Because a bank shot is an inconsistent shot, don't spend a majority of your practice time working on it.
Need to get a ball down the rail in that pool game you're losing? Well, check out this cool billiards video tutorial to see how to do the running rail pool shot. This is a valuable trick to know, using a little English, so pay attention.
Making your handicap ball on the break can win you the game in one shot. This break is useful in Texas Express rules or other handicap pool tournaments. This billiards video tutorial gives you one example of how to do a trick pool break shot to win the game.
Learn how to make this difficult razor sharp cut shot in pool.
The 8 ball and the cue ball are touching, trapped by the rail. What do you do? You play like The Hustler, that's what. This is a different set up for the 8 ball shot used in the movie The Hustler. This frozen rail shot is the legal version of this shot. So, learn how to do the 8 ball shot with The Hustler movie trick, to be the best pool shark you can be.
This pool shooting video demonstrates two different ways to pocket a ball. In the first, the cue ball hits the object ball in and is deflected away from a scratch. In the second, the cue ball hits another ball in order to tip the object ball into the pocket without a scratch. Either technique will help you win you billiard game. Hit a cut shot and a carom shot in pool.
This video demonstrates the "Right English" technique in shooting pool. It involves hitting a cue ball to the right of the center, causing the ball to deflect to the right, a fundamental technique for any billiards player. Shoot a Right English shot in pool.
80-ball is one of the many great games that you can play of your pocket-pool table, and involves all the layers of strategy of it's more mainstream pool game brethren. This video for 8-ball beginners will give you tips for evaluating and recognizing problems in different kinds of racks, equipping you to make the shots and decisions that will win you games.
This pool shooting video shows how to use a parallel line to bank the object ball off the rail and into the pocket. Visualize a line between the two balls and the line parallel to the midpoint of the first line will be the aiming line. Shoot a bank shot in pool with a parallel line.
This video demonstrates how to deal with an opponent's ball that is directly blocking the pocket. In order to put one of your own balls into the pocket, it may be necessary to shoot your object ball at the one blocking the pocket, making them both go in. Pocket your ball when it is blocked by opponent's ball.
Pool is an amazingly challenging game that one can spend a lifetime mastering. If you're bored with it, however, and want to try a new game on your pool table that uses the same skills, this video will show you one. It explains the rules to a game called Carom Pool, which is a hybrid between pocket pool and more traditionally carom billiard games. Even if you don't' enjoy the game, the spread-out nature of the table makes it great for working on your long shots and banks, so rack 'em up!
Ever wonder why you were a quarter inch off your shot or why you just were not aiming right? In this video tutorial are some reasons why and how to correct them. See how to fix the parallax error in your pool shot. If you're looking in the wrong place on the pool table, it could mean the shot.
This drill helps improve your 9 ball game. It helps you control the cue ball and practice rail shots.
Learn the basics of safety play in 9 ball pool. This video covers some common misconceptions regarding breaking and running that many beginners hold.
Learn what the tangent line is and how to use it to improve your pool game by sending the object ball where you need it to go.