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.
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Controlling the cue ball in a game of billiards is very important for standard and safety shots. Get expert tips and advice on pool tables, cues, and skills in this free video.
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.
In a difficult shot in pool, the video suggests visualizing a helper or "ghost" ball to determine where to aim. The centers of the ghost ball and the object ball should be in line with the target pocket. When hit the cue ball should stop in the place of the ghost ball for a successful shot. Visualize the cue ball contact point.
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.
Learn to play Kick Pool and add variety to your billiards game. Although difficult to play, this is a great skillbuilder game if you're trying to improve your kick shots. Kick pool, which is set up by racking the set like 9-ball, is a scoring game, and games are won by scoring five points. All shots taken must be kick shots, or a shots where the cue ball hits the rail first before making contact with another ball. Learn about the rules to Kick Pool, as well as how it improves your overall poo...
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...
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 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.
By using the 90 degree rule when shooting pool you can make the cue ball follow along a tangent line to determine perfectly where the ball will go and prevent scratch. The cue ball follows the path of the object ball and is deflected off the rail setting up the next shot. Prevent a scratch in pool using follow.
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.
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 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 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.
In pool a combination shot involves shooting the cue ball at one ball in order to hit and pocket another. Approach a combination shot by visualizing imaginary aiming lines and finding the imaginary center of a ghost ball next to the first ball you want to hit. The cue ball should be hit toward the center of the ghost ball. Shoot a combination shot in pool.
These are drills on the pool table that can only make your billiards game better.
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.
Esquire's "Ask A Beautiful Woman" segment shows you how to sink off the break in pool. World-renowned pool champion Jennifer Barretta shows Annabella how to sink the nine ball off the break. This is a great skill and trick to pull if you're cruising the bar looking to impress any would-be pool sharks in the corners. Sink off the break in pool or billiards.
Another drill to help perfect aim and technique.
Practice this drill in order to improve your control of the cue ball. This will help you place the cue ball where you need it to be for your next shot.
Use this tutorial for a simple and shot accuracy improving technique in pool! The steps for this tutorial are simple, yet effective in improving shot accuracy in pool. Align pool balls in a triangular formation at the far side of the table. Note that this is not the standard triangular formation for pool. Two lines are to be made diagonally from the center back of the table outward. Similar to this formation: \/ where the point would be directed to the back of the table. Leave space in betwee...
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 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.
Snooker is played on a 12-foot table. It is similar to pool in that it has numerical balls; it also has red balls to pocket. The idea is to alternatingly pocket red balls and colored balls.
Watch to learn how to cut shooting frozen to the rail and pocket a ball that is frozen to the rail.
A pool shooting tutorial. Using a slight right English in this example, the cue ball bypasses an obstacle ball and kicks off the rail, sending the object ball into the pocket. The use of reverse English reduces the rebound angle as the object ball is deflected off the rail which enables you to hit previously unreachable balls. Straighten a kick shot in pool using reverse English.
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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.
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 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...
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.
This video shows you how to setup the pool balls so you can pocket five balls in one shot.
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.
This video demonstrates a shot from the film "Pool Hall Junkies" and involves hitting the cue ball off center with a medium stroke. The object ball then banks off the rail into other balls, deflects off those and goes into the pocket. Make a double bank shot.
This video shows how to use "Left English" when shooting pool. This simply means hitting to the left of the center of the cue ball, which causes the cue ball to deflect off the rail to the left, a fundamental technique for any billiards player. Shoot a Left English shot in pool..
In this video, we learn how to play Straight Rail & understanding crowding patterns. All that is needed to score a point in straight rail is making contact with the other two balls in the same shot. If you can get all three balls close together in close position, the shooting player can score an indefinite number of points. First, strike the cue ball below center using right English and a moderate stroke. This will create a close crowding pattern with the two balls. You can also strike the ba...
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 two types of strokes using a bridge tool. It demonstrates the "elbow-out" and "elbow-in" strokes. Use a mechanical bridge when shooting pool.
This video shows how to shoot the target ball with enough strength to pocket the ball and set the cue ball up for the next shot. Hitting low on the cue ball with a good follow through will position the cue ball for the next shot. If done correctly, you can end the game! Make a power shot, positioning the cue ball.