Hot Billiards & Pool How-Tos

How To: Aim bank shots in pool

Watch to learn how to aim bank shots well in pool. This video is geared toward beginner and intermediate pool players. Because a bank shot is an inconsistent shot, don't spend a majority of your practice time working on it.

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: 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: Shoot a bank hustle shot in pool

This pool shooting tutorial demonstrates how to pocket an object ball that is frozen between a rail and the cue ball. A right English technique on the cue ball will transfer as a left English on the object ball, freeing it from the rail and helping it go into a pocket.

How To: Use proper pool cue stick grip, stance and stroke

Here is a basic technique in pool cue stick grip, stance and stroke. Reinforceable basics for beginners and advanced players. These are great tips to use before you walk into the billiard room. So, watch this video tutorial to see how to use proper pool cue stick grip, stance and stroke to get the shots in like they are supposed to be.

How To: Adopt a proper stance when playing pool

In this pool shooting video proper stance is demonstrated, from angle of approach to follow through. First visualize the impact line from the object ball to the pocket, then create an aiming line, take some practice strokes, and finally shoot, keeping your head down. Adopt a proper stance when playing pool.

How To: Make an English curve with an elevated cue

This video makes you aware of the possibility of curving the ball slightly with an elevated cue stick. The elevated cue stick striking down on the cue ball will cause a very slight curve in the direction of whichever English technique you use. This video is good for those who are just getting acquainted with the English technique. Make an English curve with an elevated cue.

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: 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: 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.

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: 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: Sink off the break in pool or billiards

Esquire's "Ask A Beautiful Woman" segment shows you how to sink off the break in pool. World-renowned pool champion Jennifer Barretta shows Annabella how to sink the nine ball off the break. This is a great skill and trick to pull if you're cruising the bar looking to impress any would-be pool sharks in the corners. Sink off the break in pool or billiards.

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: 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: 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.

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