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.
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...
In this video, Todd McClure will teach you how to maintain and keep up your indoor shuffleboard table. In the video, learn how to use silicone, wax and how to adjust the climate adjusters on a shuffleboard table.
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...
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.
Positioning in all important in billiards. Get expert tips and advice on pool cues and billiards tables in this free video.
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.
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.
Here is the Pool Hall Junkies trick shot. If anyone saw this movie, they were out the next day attempting this pool shot, but nobody could do it. This video tutorial will show you how to do the Pool Hall Junkies rail trick shot with ease. A four-year-old could do it.
This drill helps improve your 9 ball game. It helps you control the cue ball and practice rail shots.
Learn how to perform well under pressure and with distraction and improve your effortlessness and fluency in pool.
Learn what the tangent line is and how to use it to improve your pool game by sending the object ball where you need it to go.
Stun run through is the ability to put the right spin and speed on the cue ball that allows you to move the cue ball between 3 and 12 inches.
Watch to learn how to cut shooting frozen to the rail and pocket a ball that is frozen to the rail.
A discussion of an important part of aiming and preshot routine.
Watch to learn some exercises to help you perfect your pool stroke technique. Some of them don't even require a pool table or billiard balls.
Watch to learn some good ways to practice pool by yourself. This video is intended for beginners.
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.
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.
This pool shooting tutorial demonstrates how to control the cue ball using reverse English, opposite to the one that seems obvious. This will help line the ball up where you want it, preventing it from going too far down the table and allowing you to win the match.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you use the follow technique on a shot with a small cut angle, the cue ball will deviate from the line tangent to 90 degrees. Deviation from tangent line.
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 ...
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...
In this video guide, we learn how to play On the Spot, a variation of pool and billiards where the objective is to hit a ball directly onto a designated spot on your pool or billiard table. For all of the details, and to get started playing On the Spot yourself, take a look.
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!
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!
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...
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 ...
Making fancy pool shots that send balls careening around the table may be impressive, but more often than not it's making short, easy shots consistently that will win you the game. This video will teach you an easy drill that you can use to improve your short-range cue control, which you can then use to set up combos and make sure you don't miss easy shots.
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...
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 ...
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...
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!
Cue ball draw refers to the way a cue ball strikes a rack of balls. In particular, if the cue ball is hit low on the ball, when it strikes a rack of balls, for the break, it will have enough backspin to wind its way back to the shooter.
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.