Hot Billiards & Pool How-Tos

How To: Make a large-curve massé shot

This video demonstrates the massé shot, in which the cue stick is almost vertical and a bottom left English is used to curve the cue ball around obstacles. This type of shot drives the cue ball into the table and can cause damage to the table fabric. Despite the risks, a large-curve massé looks very impressive. Make a large-curve massé 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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 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: 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: Shoot around the angles in pool

This video is about a particular pool or snooker game shot technique called "Shooting or Going around the Angles." The presenter, with a alias name of 'Forcefollow', first describes a particular 9-ball pool game situation that would require this technique, using a computer generated picture image to show an overhead view of the pool table, with the pool balls in question placed at certain locations within the table and showing the various angle trajectories paths of the desired ball to be str...

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: 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: 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.

How To: Improve your shot-making accuracy when playing pool

In this tutorial, we learn how to increase accuracy while playing pool. First, place the Q-ball on the head spot of the table, then you freeze an object on the opposite and shoot the Q-ball into the object ball and make the ball come back in the same path. You will want to ball to shoot directly back at you. This drill will help you develop accuracy and a better stroke. If you don't have a perfect shot it won't come back in the right path. Keep practicing this and in no time you will have inc...

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...

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