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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: Make a power shot, positioning the cue ball

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.

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: Do the frozen rail shot trick from The Hustler

If you like the movie The Hustler, you've probably tried all of the tricks so you can be a pool shark too, but you can't seem to get the frozen rail shot. If you have seen this before, it's a 99.9 percent chance it was not a legal shot. This one is! Watch this video tutorial to see how to do the frozen rail shot trick from The Hustler.

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: 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: 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: Make the impossible pool shot

This billiards video tutorial will show you how to make the impossible looking pool shot. If it looks impossible, it probably is, or is it? Anything is possible is a pool game, so learn how to shoot properly, like a master, like a pool shark, a hustler. Make sure you put that left spin on the cue ball!

How To: Use pool and billiards shot dynamics

Ever wonder what happens after you hit the cue ball or after the cue ball hits the object ball? Here are some of the dynamics involved when hitting the cue ball and object ball. This video tutorial breaks it down for all of you billiards beginners. Learn how to use pool and billiards shot dynamics.

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: 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: Play the game of pool (billiards)

Don't ever even think about walking into a pool hall without knowing the basics of the game... You might end up paired up with a pool shark and not even know! In this short video, get an introduction to the fundamentals of pool, sometimes known as pocket billiards.

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: 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: Shoot a Left English shot in pool.

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..

How To: Break in pool with help from Ralf Souquet

World 9 Ball Champion Ralf Souquet explains how to break with his X Breaker Cue. Power is meaningless without precision. Cue ball control and accuracy is the foremost priority. The X-Breaker is engineered to provide Xtreme accuracy in breaking and jumping. This video tutorial shows you just what it can do, this video shows you how to break in pool with help from Ralf Souquet.

How To: Make a kick shot using the 2 rail parallel line method

This video demonstrates how to pocket the object ball (in this case, the 8 ball), by letting the cue ball deflect off two rails. It is necessary for the cue ball to follow the imaginary parallel lines leading from these rails to the object ball. This shot is useful for when traditional shot lines are blocked. Make a kick shot using the 2 rail parallel line method.

How To: Make a kick shot when the cue ball is frozen to a rail

This pool shooting video shows a way to use a cue ball that is frozen against the rail to hit the object ball directly into the opposite corner pocket without scratching. Hit with a high left English with an elevated cue, to deflect the cue ball off the rail just enough to hit the object ball into the corner pocket. Make a kick shot when the cue ball is frozen to a rail.

How To: Do the "Inside Outside English Drill" in pool

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...

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...