Your opponent has scratched and left you with the 8 ball in the corner pocket -- your only option is to bank. Here is a situational trick shot you can learn to defeat this problem. Watch this billiards video tutorial to see how to do a one rail 8 ball trick pool shot.
In a special case of the 90 degree rule where there is no cut angle, the cue ball will transfer its speed to the object ball on impact. The cue ball will push the object ball into the pocket, but stop before falling in itself. This is known as a "stop shot" or "stun shot". Make the cue ball stop after it hits the object ball.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Watch this video to learn how to shoot pool like a professional. This video will explain different techniques for practicing. Soon you will be the billiards champion.
Most US bargoers think of Pool as the only billiard game of any note. There are zounds of these games though, and many of them are just as fun. This video will teach you the basics of playing one such game called 3 Cushion. It looks really fun, and if you've got your own billiards table why not try it out? You do need a billiards table, no holes in this game.
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 makes you aware of the possibility of curving the ball slightly with an elevated cue stick. The elevated cue stick striking down on the cue ball will cause a very slight curve in the direction of whichever English technique you use. This video is good for those who are just getting acquainted with the English technique. Make an English curve with an elevated cue.
In this video, we learn how to play pool by making a side pocket cut shot. Thin cuts into the side pocket require the cue ball to travel 8 or more feet. The best way to do this is to pocket the 7 into the side pocket, then run the cue ball down to the short rail. After this, do a straight angle on the 8 and hit it into the right hand corner. This shot may look very easy, but controlling the cut ball is very difficult. Practice this skill to develop it and you will be able to do this shot with...
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.
Need to know how to hold your pool stick? Well, learn these effective finger positions to elevate your game to a new level. Open bridges are for limited use only! Have you ever seen a professional pool player with an open bridge only?
This pool shooting video shows a way to use a cue ball that is frozen against the rail to hit the object ball directly into the opposite corner pocket without scratching. Hit with a high left English with an elevated cue, to deflect the cue ball off the rail just enough to hit the object ball into the corner pocket. Make a kick shot when the cue ball is frozen to a rail.
In this tutorial, we learn how to set up the L drill in pool. To do this, you will place all of your balls in an "l" shape on the pool table starting from the middle of one side of the table. Place the balls about two inches apart, then star to make the horizontal line for the balls. Place these two inches apart as well. After this, you can place your shooting ball next to the balls and hit each of them into the same corner pocket as the last one. This is a great way to practice hitting balls...
World 9 Ball Champion Ralf Souquet explains how to break with his X Breaker Cue. Power is meaningless without precision. Cue ball control and accuracy is the foremost priority. The X-Breaker is engineered to provide Xtreme accuracy in breaking and jumping. This video tutorial shows you just what it can do, this video shows you how to break in pool with help from Ralf Souquet.
Watch to learn how to cut shooting frozen to the rail and pocket a ball that is frozen to the rail.
Similar to the 90 degree rule, the 30 degree rule is demonstrated in this video. Your two forefingers in a V-shape are the best tools to use for visualizing this angle.
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.
This tutorial uses the diamonds on the rail to help determine the best way to use the rails for the shot. It shows how to find an aiming starting point by visualizing diamonds off the table, a fundamental technique that is sure to improve your billiard skills. Find an aiming point using the rails.
Learn how to develop your own stroke and improve your technique in pool. Part 1 of 2 - How to Play pool with good stroke technique.
Learn how to aim a cut shot in pool and learn what the effects of English are on this shot. Part 1 of 2 - How to Aim a cut shot in pool.
This pool shooting tutorial demonstrates how to pocket an object ball that is frozen between a rail and the cue ball. A right English technique on the cue ball will transfer as a left English on the object ball, freeing it from the rail and helping it go into a pocket.
This video demonstrates good technique for planning and executing a pool shot, beginning with the 90 degree rule or the 30 degree rule. First visualize the aiming and impact lines, then the tangent line where the cue ball will go. Decide how fast to shoot depending on how far the ball is from the pocket. Select your hand position then execute the stroke, keeping your head down. Plan a shot in pool.
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.
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.
Hello all of you fellow pool shooters. This video tutorial is designed to help you look like a real pool shooter. There are no pool tricks here, but great and informative basic information on playing pool. This will help you become the accomplished billiards man you've always wanted.
This billiards video tutorial gives an example of how to use a bridge and different types of bridges to use in your stroke. Use the tips of your fingers, or lay your hand down. Making the best resting place for your cue stick is important in becoming a pool shark, so listen up. Learn how to use a pool bridge with the correct stroke.
Watch to learn several methods of successful and precise breaking in 8 ball and 9 ball.
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.
Learn how to sink a pool ball into a pocket. What do pool sharks know that you don’t about sinking a ball? Lots.
Another drill to help perfect aim and technique.
New to billiards? Well, that probably means you're new to eight-ball, too. In this video tutorial, you will learn the rules and regulations to the 8-ball game, along with some of the basic frameworks to get you, the player, started playing pool.
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.
In this example the left English is used to create an angled kick pool shot. In other words, the cue ball is hit off center in order to cause the object ball to deflect off the rail at a wider than normal angle to hit a blocked ball. Create an angled kick shot in pool using English.
Once again, David Alciatore is here to show us another great pool shot. Watch and learn how to make a basic jump shot.