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How To: Master the basics of the billiard game 3 Cushion

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.

How To: Use a squirt and swerve sidespin while playing pool

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...

How to Play pool: The Double Drifter

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...

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: Use a pool bridge with the correct stroke

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.

How To: Shoot a low speed bank shot

This pool shooting video shows the effect of a slow speed shot and mentions the difference between what the ball will do at slow and medium speeds. It is important to keep in mind that when trying to bank a shot at low speed the rebound angle will be wide. Shoot a low speed 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: Straighten a kick shot in pool using reverse English

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.

How To: Make a stun shot

This is a quick demonstration of the "stun" shot. This shot uses the 90 degree rule to pocket the object ball when it isn't lined up with the pocket and predict the path of the cue ball. Make a stun shot.

How To: Make an object ball carom shot

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.

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: Get some tips for pool table trick shots

Richard Buccola has been playing pool most of his life, and enjoys teaching it to others Trick shots in the game of pool are often associated with hustling, or sharking. During the mid-20th century pool halls were often given an unfair reputation as dangerous, seedy dens of sin (especially after the 1961 Paul Newman film “The Hustler”) where people would lose their money to unscrupulous pool sharks. But interest in the game has seen a rebirth of sorts in recent years, and most pool halls and ...

How To: Play a 9-ball billiards game of kick pool

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...

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: 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 Play pool: Kiss Forward

In this video, we learn how to play pool by kissing forward. To set it up the nine ball will be in the corner pocket and the other four close to the rail. Kiss the cue ball off of the four using a maximum follow with a lot of speed. Follow is going to remain on the cue ball after it hits the seven full. Now the cue ball will spin back in the nine. This will suggest that over-spin on the cue ball does exist even after it kisses off the four. When finished, you will be able to kiss forward and ...

How To: Do the Spot Drill when playing pool

In this video, we learn how to play pool doing the spot drill. You will run balls in rotational order without missing or touching another object balls. First, you will place the cute ball diagonally to the ball and then shoot the ball into the corner pocket diagonal to it. There are several ways to go through this pattern. You can also stand on the opposite side of the table and shoot into the corner pocket from farther away. Make sure the cue ball doesn't get stuck to the rail, which will ma...

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: Do an 8-ball position play in pool

In this video, we learn how to play pool with a lesson in 8-ball position play. If you are playing a game of 8-all and you are the stripes, it's good if you end up in a position in the middle of the balls. You want to increase the margin of error by playing for an area of the table that supplies options. When possible, you want to play for more than one ball. Choose a ball that will give you the best chance of getting a ball or two in and placing the cue ball in a spot to where you will be ab...

How To: Play the Carom pool billiard game

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!

How To: Do an inside English drill for pool playing

English, or putting spin on the ball, is what separates really skilled pool players from the casual bar player. Inside English is the kind of English where the ball bounces off of the wallward-side of the cueball. This video details a drill for improving your inside English, allowing you to play many more pool positions effectively and win more games.