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.
This pool shooting video shows an inside cut angle and how to bank off the rail to pocket the ball. An inside cut will give the ball left-spin, a natural left English, which will increase the rebound angle allowing you to set up a wider variety of rebound shots. Bank inside a cut, creating natural English in pool.
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.
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 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 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 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.
Ever hear of 14.1? Well, you may know this as straight pool, the pocket billiards game. This was the common sport of championship in the old days, and was immortalized in the film The Hustler. But playing a good game of 14.1 continuous means starting off good, which means a well-prepared rack.
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 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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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 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 how to sink a pool ball into a pocket. What do pool sharks know that you don’t about sinking a ball? Lots.
This video cautions against hitting a ball frozen, or stuck, against a rail. It will "double kiss," or hit the rail that it is against two times and deflect in an unpredictable path. Hit a ball that is frozen to a rail.
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 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...
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...
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Practice the fan drill in order to improve your control of the cue ball. The object is to sink the balls in order and leave the cue ball within one ball of the object.
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 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.
This video demonstrates the usage of several techniques to achieve a seemingly difficult side pocket shot. The rails are used to prevent a scratch. By going over all the different techniques, this video ensures that you will always have a way to sink a pocket shot. Position the cue ball for a side pocket shot.
This drill helps improve your 9 ball game. It helps you control the cue ball and practice rail shots.
This video shows tips on how to avoid hitting the near rail when shooting pool in order to put the ball into a corner pocket. Aim away from the rail that near the ball, toward the inner wall of the pocket. However, even if you accidentally hit the near rail, hitting the ball as soft as possible will still allow it to go in. Avoid the near rail on a corner pocket pool shot.
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.
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!
Watch to learn how to cut shooting frozen to the rail and pocket a ball that is frozen to the rail.
This video show how to use the 90 degree rule to plan an "object ball carom shot." This type of shot will deflect the object ball off 2 balls before making it into the pocket. An object ball carom shot requires a decent knowledge of geometry. Make an object ball carom shot.
Some shot in billiards can be more difficult. Get expert tips and advice on pool cues and billiards tables in this free video.
Learn how to perform several different methods of breaking clusters in pool. A cluster is a group of balls that forms an obstacle on the table.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Another drill to help perfect aim and technique.