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How To: Make a double bank shot

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.

How To: Use the 30 degree rule when shooting pool

This is another example of the 30 degree rule when shooting pool. It shows that the anticipated and actual paths of both balls are the same. With a solid knowledge of the 30 degree rule, you can accurately predict where the cue ball will go and set up you next shot. Use the 30 degree rule when shooting pool.

How To: Make side pocket cut shots when playing pool

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...

How To: Do the "Down the Rail" drill while playing pool

In this video, we learn how to play pool with the down the rail drill. First, set up the balls in numerical order along the rail. Begin to run the balls using a drawing combination with right English. Do this each time for all of the balls and be careful not to scratch in the side pocket. You can also do this drill by doing follow and left English. This is a reduced version of different drills, to do the full drill set up all the balls along the entire rail. Run them in numerical order, then ...

How To: Adopt a proper stance when playing pool

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.

How To: Rack eight-ball pool with Borana Andoni

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.

How To: Prevent a scratch in pool using follow

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.

How To: Find an aiming point using the rails

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.

How To: Play pool for beginners

Pool is a strategic, yet fun game. It's born on not only fun, but also lost profits. But regardless of that, it's a difficult game to play if you don't understand the basic fundamentals. In this video you will get a full tutorial on how to play pool with the basic fundamentals of the game!

How To: Set up the L drill in pool

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...

How To: Plan a shot in pool

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.

How To: Hit a screw shot in snooker

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.

How To: Stand for a power break when shooting pool

This pool shooting video demonstrates the proper stance for a power break, or shooting the cue ball at the triangle form at the beginning of a game. Your feet should be wide apart, body weight forward, make several practice shots, and a strong shot with straight follow through. By using proper technique, you will open any billiard game with a statement. Stand for a power break when shooting pool.

How To: Shoot the cue ball into a frozen ball combination

This tutorial shows two different ways to shoot a combination in pool where one element is a couple of balls that are frozen together. You can shoot the cue ball so that hits the lone ball, then deflects off the rail to hit the frozen balls, or you can do it in two shots. Using two shots is the more ordinary way of pocketing a ball and lining up the cue ball for the next shot, but it isn't as exciting. Shoot the cue ball into a frozen ball combination.

How To: Push in pool

In this video, we learn how to push in pool. The push shot was designed to reduce the impact of the element of chance while playing pool. It's about creating a higher percentage shot or safety. The object is to turn a certain loss into a coin toss. Observe your opponent and be honest about yourself while you are playing. Practice playing a game by yourself with balls on the edge of the different sides of the pool table. As you shoot into the different pockets, avoid hitting the other balls th...

How To: Visualize the cue ball contact point

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.