Hot Billiards & Pool How-Tos

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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: Do the 8 ball shot with The Hustler movie trick

The 8 ball and the cue ball are touching, trapped by the rail. What do you do? You play like The Hustler, that's what. This is a different set up for the 8 ball shot used in the movie The Hustler. This frozen rail shot is the legal version of this shot. So, learn how to do the 8 ball shot with The Hustler movie trick, to be the best pool shark you can be.

How To: Prevent a scratch in pool using follow

By using the 90 degree rule when shooting pool you can make the cue ball follow along a tangent line to determine perfectly where the ball will go and prevent scratch. The cue ball follows the path of the object ball and is deflected off the rail setting up the next shot. Prevent a scratch in pool using follow.

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 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: 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: 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: Power break in a pool game

Learn how to power break in a pool game with this billiards video tutorial. This is not supposed to be a comprehensive video about breaking, but simply for how to create more power when breaking. This type of power breaking is probably best suited to 8-ball and 10-ball play.

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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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