Thursday, 15 February 2007 12:53

How To Sink The 8 Ball On The Break

All pool players know how hard it is to make the 8 ball on the break while playing straight pool.  Unless you get a lucky kick, the 8 ball will stay in the center of the table.  The break described below will give you the best chance of making the 8 ball.


Steps

 

 

Place the cue ball about three inches from the rail at the second diamond.  Eightball picture #1
Depending on which rail you placed the cue ball at, use low inside english on the cue ball. This will keep the ball on the table after you break.  Eightball picture #2
Use a steady stroke and hit the ball behind the cue ball. This will break most of the balls away from the 8 ball.  Eightball picture #3

 

 

The video below will show how the cue ball should strike the second ball of the rack, not the first.  While you are watching, notice several aspects of this shot; the cue ball going into the side rail after striking the rack and coming back into the center of the table, the 8 ball being knocked down table and hit once by another ball, the power of the shot.

 

There is no way to make the 8 ball every time on the break, however, using this break will increase your chances as the 8 ball is usually knocked down table by other balls in the rack or hit by the cue ball when it comes off of the rail. 

 

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Wednesday, 28 February 2007 11:30

How To Make Common Billiards Shots 1

 
This is a very common shot that you will encounter in both eight and nine ball.  The object ball is frozen on the rail and you don't have much angle to work with.  
Things to remember with this shot.
    • You need to hit the rail and the object ball at the same time
    • Use a soft to medium stroke, too much stroke will cause the ball to come off of the rail
    • Use center english
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Wednesday, 28 February 2007 17:38

How To Make Common Billiards Shots 2

This shot is much like Shots you need to know #1 The object ball is again frozen to the rail but there is much less angle. 

 

 Things to remember with this shot

  • Shoot into the rail without hitting the object ball
  • Use "inside" english (in this case right english at 3 o'clock)
  • Use as much force as necessary in order to play position for the next shot

 
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Wednesday, 28 February 2007 18:29

How To Make Common Billiards Shots 3

In this shot, both the cue ball and the object ball are frozen to the rail.  If you were to shoot the cue ball with no english, you would either follow the object ball into the end pocket or you would hit one of the points on the side pocket and miss the object ball completely.

 

 Things to remember with this shot

  • Use low, inside engilsh (either at 4:30 or 7:30 o'clock depending on which rail you are on)
  • Aim the shot just off of the rail (do not hit into the rail), the english will pull the cue ball back to the rail to sink the object ball
  • You will have to experiment with the speed of this shot, if your stroke is too hard you will scratch
 
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Sunday, 28 October 2007 19:52

Easy Pool Trick Shot 1

 

As you can see in the video of this shot, all three object balls are frozen to the rail.  The cue ball is placed on a slight angle to the nine ball.  The key to this shot is to use extreme follow (high english).   Hit the nine ball full.  It will bank out of the way and the cue ball should follow into the rail then spin around the frozen ball into the object ball sinking it in the corner pocket.

 

 

 

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Monday, 29 October 2007 19:38

Pool Position Shot 1

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This is a position you commonly find yourself in.  Both the cue ball and the object ball are frozen to the rail, yet you need to create an angle, along with some english to get yourself to the other end of the table.  In this shot, high right hand english is needed (pictured at right).  Use a firm stroke and hit into the object ball near the rail.  Even though there will be a lot of english on the cue ball, the object ball will still shoot straight into the corner pocket.  Once the cue ball strikes the object ball, the high right english will spin the ball into the near rail then down the rest of the table.  The firmness of this shot depends on what type of cloth you are using.  In this video I was using Simonis 760 cloth.
 
  
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Monday, 08 June 2009 23:00

Other Pool Games To Try

  

Other Pool Games to Try
By James S Thompson

 

Pool is an extremely popular table game, but most people just stick to playing the most popular type of the game or bumper pool while there are some other games than can also be played with the same equipment. Here are summarized versions for the rules of pool games other than eight or nine ball pool that are also very good to play and require a good degree of skill to play.

 

Straight pool - To start this game a target score to reach for winning the game must first be set normally a figure of between 100 to 150 points would be used. The winner is the first person to pot that number of balls. Any ball can be potted as long as the ball and the pocket are identified before the shot is taken and by missing, potting another ball or not specifying a ball or pocket beforehand is committing a foul and the player must leave the table. Once only the cue ball and one object ball remain on the table the others are racked again with the apex ball missing to allow the game to continue. The break shot is always played as a safety shot as even from the break if a ball is going to be potted it would have to be named and a pocket nominated.

 

One pocket pool - Similar to straight pool in that a winning score is decided upon at the start usually 8 and that any ball on the table can be used. The main difference is that nominating a pocket is not necessary as each player is limited to being able to score in only one pocket. The player breaking will nominate one of the two lower corner pockets and the other player will use the other lower corner pocket. Two scoring differences from straight pool are a deduction of one point for any foul shot as well as leaving the table and forfeit of the game for three consecutive fouls.

 

Bank pool - Two main versions of this game exist with the difference being the amount of racked balls to start with and the winning score. A fifteen bank game uses all fifteen balls racked with a winning score of nine required and in a nine bank game nine balls are racked with a score of five required to win. To score a point you must pot a ball into a nominated pocket with the cue ball striking the ball without coming of either another ball or a cushion and the object ball hitting at least one cushion on its way to the pocket. Potting another ball in any pocket along with the object ball is not a foul in this game the ball is spotted back on the table and the game continued. Check with your opponent as the three fouls and you're out rule is often used as an option with this game.

 

Rotation pool - This game must be played with numbered ball sets as scoring depends on these numbers as an example potting the three ball earns three points and potting the ten ball earns ten points with the highest score winning the game. The correct rack is with the 1 ball on the apex of the rack and the foot spot, the 2 is in the corner to the right, the 3 ball is in the left corner and the 15 in the center with all other balls placed randomly. The rule for taking a shot is that the lowest valued ball on the table must be struck by the cue ball first and any resulting balls potted either through skill or a fluke are added to the score. Only two safety shots played against the nearest cushion are allowed with unlimited safeties against other cushions providing that at least two object balls are moved.

 

Rotation variations - Simple rotation is won not by score but by the first player to correctly pot 8 balls which have to be pocketed in ascending numerical order again with the lowest value ball required to be struck first with the cue ball. Eight ball rotation is won on potting the eight ball after potting all balls in your designated group either the solids or stripes in numerical order, with the game forfeited for a foul when playing the final eight ball shot. Strict rotation uses the ball numbers for scoring but unlike rotation pool the balls must be potted in ascending order although potting a higher ball means losing your shot and that ball is re spotted on the table.

 

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Playing Pool With the Right Pool Cue Makes All the Difference in the World
By Ron T

 

A recreational or infrequent pool player may not notice that the pool cue they grab off the rack is two ounces heavier than the one they used the previous time.

 

You may not even check to see if the cue is straight by rolling it on the table for accuracy. So what's the big deal right?

 

Checking for both could make the difference in you winning or losing the game just because you didn't realize how important those little factors are when your playing pool.

 

It's very difficult to check the weight on a pool cue when your play in a Billiards Room, but when you have your own cue you know the exact weight of that pool stick.

 

The correct weight, length and feel make the difference. It might not cross your mind that the tip needs to be re-shaped or that the shaft isn't absolutely straight.

 

But for the more advanced professional player whose games rests on accuracy and consistency, these issues grow to be imperative.

 

The only way to really make sure you are playing the best game ever consistently is by making the plunge and paying the bucks to have your own personal Pool cue that fits all of your gaming needs.

 

Having your own Pool cue has it's advantages more than you realize. It's yours and yours alone. No one else uses it, just you. Having your own cue will afford you a consistency of performance that only comes with using the same equipment over and over again.

 

Like many other games of skill, the less a player has to think about while performing, the more likely they are to play at their maximum potential. So when choosing a pool cue, make sure it feels good in your hand.

 

It moves smoothly when your lining up for a shot. It just really feels perfect to you and you will feel more confident when your playing.

 

It could take a while to find that perfect cue. You just may want to have a Custom Cue made for the type of game you play. It's really all about what feels comfortable for you.

 

With your custom stick, the weight, balance, the feel of the grip and the strike will be the same every time you hit the ball. With so many design choices, your own Pool stick can add a touch of class to each & every game you play.

 

There are so many pool cues out there how do you know which one is right for your experience & game your wanting to play.

 

All I can say is do your research. It may take going into several Pool halls or Billards stores and just picking them up in your hand to see exactly how they feel.

 

Ask friends you play with what type of Pool cue they have and prefer. The look, style, color. So many variables right? Well ask lot's of questions before you decide to have a custom cue made just for you because once it's made it's yours.

 

You may go through several cues in your pool carrier because your game could change, or your physical ability is limited for some reason. So understand the first cue won't be your last. It's just a beginning of your Pool playing carrier.

 

Your game will improve with the correct Pool cue for your body & game. So don't rush into purchasing just any ole cue. Find the one that feels good in your hands.

 

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