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 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.
As a beginner in pool, learning basic breaks are key to increasing your skills! One of them is a nine ball break. Understanding this break is the beginning to other tactics! In this video you will get a full tutorial on how to approach a nine ball break properly!
Steve Davis and John Parrott show how to hit the screw shot, in which the cue ball rolls back after contact with the target. The video contains slow motion footage of what's happening to the cue ball in response to contact with the cue. Hit a screw shot in snooker.
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.
Learn how to make this difficult razor sharp cut shot in pool.
Are you a pool shark? Then you have to watch this amazing video. You will learn how to do an advanced and difficult shot. Start by making sure you hit the ball exactly in the center. Aiming your shot is probably the most difficult part of this shot and you will learn tips and techniques to accomplish this. Establish a goo, stable bridge hand, then shorten your regular stroking technique. Actually, you will need to shorten everything you do. Last, you will see a perfect shoot over the ball tha...
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 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 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.
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.
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.
These are drills on the pool table that can only make your billiards game better.
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.
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...
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.
Learn how to sink a pool ball into a pocket. What do pool sharks know that you don’t about sinking a ball? Lots.
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.
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.
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.
When shooting cut shots you have to over compensate a shot so that the sideways friction of the cue ball does not push the object ball off the intended path. To combat the throw, you must aim a little wide, as shown by the video. Over-cut a shot to compensate for throw.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
Another drill to help perfect aim and technique.
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.
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...
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.
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 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.
Learn another drill to practice your bank shots in pool.
8-ball, or eight-ball is a challenging game, and it all starts with the rack. If you don't have the perfect eight-ball rack, your billiards game is going down the drain (not the pockets). But you can help yourself by learning how. Watch this video to learn how to rack eight-ball pool with professional pool player Borana Andoni, using the Delta-13 aerospace engineered pool rack.
This video illustrates how to use your own hand to help visualize the 90 degree rule when shooting pool and determine where the cue ball and the object ball will go, so you don't scratch. The thumb and forefinger spread out in an "L" shape will effectively predict the directions the cue ball and the object ball will take. Visualize the 90 degree rule in pool.
Getting a good break in life is always nice. But when you're playing pool, it's essential. You Will Need
Strait pool, or 14.1 continuous, is an older form of pocket billiards. Get expert tips and advice on pool cues and billiards tables in this free video.
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.