Matt, Oh Pool Guide, What One Pool Shot Is The Best To Train My Skills?An excellent question, friends, and here for your pleasure is...
...Perhaps The Ultimate Pool ShotThe following pool shot is excellent for perfecting your aim and will teach you more about your correct pool stance and object ball aim than most any pool shot that comes to mind. I used this same shot to train a new player yesterday, a 12-year-old who quickly learned fine form with it and then started making most of the simple shots I placed in front of him just after this training pool shot.
Shoot at the 4-ball from one the cue ball positions as shown (or somewhere else nearby). Follow this pattern of taking the pool shot in a precise manner:
1. Walk behind the 4-ball to line it up for the center of the side pocket (the center of the opening where the cloth meets space and not the back of the pocket liner).
2. Keep eyeing that spot/hold that spot in mind as you return to your stance position behind the cue ball. Be deliberate about lining up to shoot center ball directly at the spot on the 4-ball, even if you feel this stroke will miss the pocket.
3. Take your best try at this penultimate pool shot, noting whether you a) pocket the ball successfully b) overcut the ball (slice it to thin) or c) undercut the ball (strike the ball to thick and too directly to cut it in the side) Set the balls up again and repeat. This stroke will:
a) Build your confidence in aiming using center ball and playing the cue tip towards the object ball's contact point (for most strokes)
b) Force you to be precise with your aim and stroke
c) Show you how you must trust your sightlines on a pool shot like this and others taken at an extreme angle--you have to shoot, feel as though the cue ball will miss the spot, than watch and learn as it strikes a glancing blow against the object ball to pocket it