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How To: Do the mirror bank pool trick shot

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.

How To: Play Straight Rail & understanding crowding patterns

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...

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: 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: Hit a cut shot and a carom shot in pool

This pool shooting video demonstrates two different ways to pocket a ball. In the first, the cue ball hits the object ball in and is deflected away from a scratch. In the second, the cue ball hits another ball in order to tip the object ball into the pocket without a scratch. Either technique will help you win you billiard game. Hit a cut shot and a carom shot in pool.

How To: Shoot a combination shot 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.

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 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: 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 a shot along the rail

This is a quick demonstration of how to pocket a ball with a shallow angle range. Use the rails to help guide the ball, hitting the cue ball softly. If you hit the ball with speed, the rail will impart English on the object ball, and the ball will rattle away from the pocket. Make a shot along the rail.

How To: Make a straight shot using follow

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.

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 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: 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: Shoot pool

Hello all of you fellow pool shooters. This video tutorial is designed to help you look like a real pool shooter. There are no pool tricks here, but great and informative basic information on playing pool. This will help you become the accomplished billiards man you've always wanted.

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: Avoid the near rail on a corner pocket pool shot

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.

How To: Visualize the 90 degree rule in pool

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.

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: 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!