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These articles are the most popular over the last month.
What Are the Rules and Best Strategies in...
How to make 8-Ball rules made simple--and fair.
How Much Space Do You Need for a Pool Table?
A big consideration in pool table dimensions is the endless question of how much space to leave around the table for free play. We have the answers for you.
Best Billiards Strategy: How To Break In 8 Ball
When discussing the best 8 ball breaks, including how to break in the 8 ball with this all-important stroke, it becomes necessary both to emphasize basic break strategy and specific 8 ball break technique. Victory in 8 ball pool at times requires (rules permitting) a commitment to sink the 8 ball on the break, and at other times, a mere shattering of the rack to spread the balls effectively to win the game.
What Are the Rules and Best Strategies for...
9-Ball's game rules and strategy are deceptively simple. But there is far more to the action than meets the eye.
Tips For Buying a Pool Cue That's Best for You
Here are some helpful hints on buying your
How To Choose the Right Pool Cue
Your guide to narrowing down choices and selecting the best possible custom pool cue.
8 Questions to Ask Before You Get a Pool Table
Price alone is not an indicator of table quality. There are questions requiring forethought before you purchase a pool table.
Challenges of Playing on Different Pool Table...
Pool Table Sizes: Tables measuring 4' x 8' have a key disadvantage (okay, challenge)...
9 Ball Break Tips & Strategy
Here are some fast tips to sharpen your 9 ball breaks instantly. Learn how to rack 9 ball then smash like the pros, with accuracy and power for optimal 9 ball strategy, in moments.
How To Play Pool Like The Pros
How to play pool like the pros, using my ultimate tips and techniques.
How To Replace A Cue Stick's Tip Yourself
How To Replace A Cue Stick's Tip Yourself
4 x 9's Are The Best Table Size - Here's why
The 4' x 9' table size is the best, commonly used for top tournament play, and here's why.
8 Pool Strokes You Should Learn
Here are my 8 top pool strokes, there's more than one way to hit the cue ball to win. Here are some of the most important techniques for the beginner to learn.
A Word on "Regulation" Tables
Beware rip-offs! Table ads that guarantee “regulation size” mean nothing in particular...
Learn to Aim Your Billiards Shots Like the Pros...
I'd love for all billiard players to know the truth regarding the real secrets of aiming in pool-the
Stance: The Big Secret!
This may be the most important article you'll ever read as a pool player. 99% of casual players are lining up improperly at the pool table and here are the step-by-step wrong and right ways to shoot pool.
The List Is Out Of Top Pool Hustlers
You can thrill to reading this billiards book cover-to-cover or leaf through photos and stories, stopping to read biographies and not-tall tales.
How to Make Basic Bank Shots in Billiards
Aiming bank shots in pool and billiards with precision is easy, if you use this method, which relies upon an aiming secret you already know.
Pool Shot Of Champions - This One Shot Retrains...
This is little known, but is perhaps the best pool shot to train your eyes in making other pool shots.
Pool Table Size - Know The Difference With The...
Overseas, people want to know whether they should use “American” or “English” for their base pool table size.
Which is Better, a Light or Heavy Pool Cue?
Use a billiard playing cue weight that is light or heavy? Do you know how to choose? We show you how.
A Classic Pool Stroke, Step by Step
There are quite a number of different stroking motions that can be made with the shooting arm to pocket
Pool Training - How Pros Really Aim In Billiards
Pool training you can take to the bank, hustler.
How To Become A Professional Pool Player -...
How to become a professional pool player by skipping hours of tedious drills and doing my preferred billiards training methods, while having a lot of fun.
Play Pool Games - Or Are They Playing You? -...
Play pool games in your spare time? Are you more serious that that? What are the best possible pool games to play and why?
Mini Tables
Far too small to offer a true test of skill, these are toys for young children mostly.
10 Billiards Tips Your Opponents Don't Know
Ten pro pool tips your opponents don’t know, brought to you by About.com
Billiards Instruction
You asked for it this billiards instruction! Ten of the obvious (to me, and soon to you) errors pool shooters make to lose games, throw off their rhythm, and ruin and otherwise good evening of pool.
10 Tips for Brilliant Billiards Breaks
Drum roll, please! The top ten tips on breaking in pool and billiards--for when you want an open break to scatter the balls to the winds.
Top 10 Mistakes Made Using Pool English
Pool english question of the day as a reader takes their object balls for a spin.
Cue Tips - Exploring Different Brands Of Cue...
Whether you plan to exchange cue tips immediately or no, here's a closer look at what billiards pros are into lately for their cue tips.
Predator Cues - Deciding Between Other Cues And...
Choosing between Predator cues and other quality cues is like deciding between Peking Duck and Russian caviar. So here's how to decide.
Buy A Pool Table - How To Buy A Pool Table Right
Buy your next pool table, new or used, the smart way.
A Proper Cue Stick Grip - Do It Right
It's time again to look at the proper cue stick grip--here it is in words and pictures along with pro secrets of grip.
The Right And Wrong Ways To Draw the Cue Ball
The secret to draw the cue ball accurately lies in not lifting the hand abrubtly, before the stroke begins; step-by-step photos and techniques.
Spin Banks - Sharpen Your Bank Technique In...
Spin banks are a deadly weapon in light of the right instructions. They will make all your pool banks easier in less than a minute's practice.
Without This, You Can Never Become A Great Pool...
Because I use a trusting stroke even on shots I'll miss, I'm continually enhancing my confidence and fundamentals whether I make or miss a shot.
Jump Break Cue - Should You Buy (Or Not Buy) A...
I am answering a probing question today regarding that ultimate show stopper, the jump break cue. Do you need a jump break cue at all or should you separate tools?
How To Hold The Pool Cue - A Closer Look
How to hold your pool cue? Let's take a closer look, shall we?
How To Straighten a Bent Shaft
Don't throw away a bent cuestick! A warped shaft can easily be straightened again and the cue made ready for play.
Ball-In-Hand
Pool Definition -- Ball-In-Hand. Pool / Billiards.
How to Aim the Cue Ball and 'Ghost Ball' in Pool
How does the pool professional take aim at billiard balls, those sometimes difficult-to-discern spheres far away across the table? Review our step-by-step look at traditional and professional pool and billiards aim methods.
Pool Practice - Some Of My Best, Most Fun...
A day of practice for pool and billiards--everyone hates pool practice! I make it fun with a few simple routines.
How To Aim Cut Shots - Pool And Billiards
Continuing our multi-article aim primer, detailing every method top players use to play cut shots successfully in pool and billiards. Part of a multi-article series.
20 Top Billiards Lies - Do Stop Believing These...
Sort fact from fiction (and cloth friction) with these 20 pieces of garbage that even some famous pros and teachers use in their lessons. Billiards on this GuideSite is like life, in that I enjoy sorting myths from truth.
Pool Movies! (The Ultimate, Definitive Pool...
We salute a pool movie--actually, a list of very hot pool movies to die for and dive into.
Pool Games - 7-Ball Rules & Strategy
7-ball is one of the pool games taking America and the world by storm. Learn the rules and subtleties of this fabulous game.
Minnesota Fats, aka "Rudolph Wanderone", "New...
Minnesota Fats was a legend of pool and remains so today. Here are all his fascinating details in one place.
Carabao Reasons - 2 Wrong Ways And 1 Right Way...
Shooting pool with english, you are likely to miss your target or miscue without using the methods I describe. Here are reasons to shoot with carabao english.
The Best Pool Cues May Not Be Straight Cue Sticks
The best pool cues may not even be straight. Here's why.
How Do Top Pros Practice Pool?
How do top pros practice pool? Jump in for more of Donny and Matt's 8-Ball Debates...
Read About Celebrities Who Shoot A Mean Game Of...
They're all here at About.com for your delectation and delight. A look at some of the more interesting pool personalities of history.
Aim Primer 1: Introduction And Aim Techniques
Playing professsionals use a wide variety of aim methods; Fraction Aim, Edge to Edge Aim, Ghost Ball Aim, Contact Point Aim, Parallel Aim, Pivot Aim, and other aim systems. How to choose the correct methods are outlined within.
How To Practice Pool Skills Effectively –...
How to practice pool skills effectively and get on a virtuous cycle of continuous improvement.
The Best Pool Aim Systems
There is an ever-growing family of aim methods that begin with the full line or some edge-to-edge or edge-to-center line followed with pivoting the cue stick or body from that line to determine the final shot line. Their complexity can be astounding and off-putting. Page 2.
Olympics and Pool - Will Billiards Make A Splash?
The story of pool at the olympics is a checkered one--but first steps have been accomplished as billiards enjoys an international oversight organization.
How To Aim In Billiards - Tried And True Tips
How to aim in billiards using tried and true tips. Here's a quick rundown of some of the aim tips and techniques I share in pocket billiards clinics and individual lessons.
Bank Shot - Magic Spot Advice For A Multi-Rail...
Sinking a clever, multi-cushion bank shot is made simple using this aim method. Presented by About.com's good friend, Marcel Elfers of Washington.
Breaking an 8-Ball Rack With Power
Stop action unretouched photography shows the power of a skilled 8-ball open break.
Meet the Greatest Pool Hustler of All Time
Vernon Elliott was one of those pocket billiards legends who never played tournaments before the public but cashed against all the great. Here's his story.
A Review Of "Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet...
He gambled--and won--more on pool and billiards than anyone who ever lived. Do you know him?
Break Shots - Here's Correct Ball Placement For...
We just reviewed technique for break shots with the cue ball close to the rail. Let’s consider some of my keys to a better break from along the head string. Page 2.
Building Pool Excitement - How To Build A Pool...
How to build a pool table? We lead you to super resources to build a pool table, here at About.com.
A Craze Worth Checking In On Called, "Three Ball"
Three Ball is a terrific little game that looks easier than it is and provides some interesting wrinkles. See more about gambling and playing this wondrous pool game.
How To Sink Balls On The Break - Sink More...
How to sink more balls on the break? I'll tell you how the pros do it and how to straighten your break stroke at the same time.
Straight Shot - Drill It, Kill It! (How To Sink...
Drill Your Next Straight Shot - Bar none, beginning and intermediate pool shooters (and not a few experts) are stymied shooting a straight shot, one where the cue ball and the target object ball rest along a straight-in path to the pocket.
Should You Shoot Pool On A Bar Table Or Not?
Should bar pool tables be used at all by the serious pool player? Here's our debate showing both sides of the issue.
How To Shoot Pool - Competition Tips From Top...
Learn from my coaching of regional and national champs how to shoot pool better in competition and friendly play.
Where To Hold The Fingers, Billiards Player?...
Listen, billiards player! Here's where to hold the fingers (four hand designs/shapes).
Pool Hall Culture - This Is What Makes For A...
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How To Improve Fast
How to improve your billiards skills fast? Work the following routines daily or as often as you can.
Cue Weight and Length - The Holy Grail Cue...
Seeking the Holy Grail of sticks by cue weight and cue length is a pastime for millions of players--but the real news is inside our story--how to find the true pool grail.
A Weighty Word On Using Pool Cues
You shouldn't be using pool cues to break--if you value them highly. Break cues are meant to offer speed, not mass, to the pool shooter for the open break. Consider options carefully before making your purchase.
The Triple Loosen Draw
Adding pool draw is easy if you follow my 3-step recipe.
Billiards Shot - Over A Dozen Tips To Improve...
Over a dozen billiards shot tips in an article geared to improve your pool skills.
All About Jump Shots - Cues And Methods
All about jump shots including aim, technique and special equipment to get you high faster and cheaper, too.
Pool Cue Tips - How To Choose Between Pool Cue...
A shameless request for info on pool cue tips becomes a pool cue tips compendium.
The Cue Sticks Of George Balabushka
Learn about the history of George Balabushka's cue sticks, difficult to find today, easy to locate knockoffs on auction sites, and never to be equaled.
Turn a 9-Ball Rack To Powder!
Crushing a 9-ball rack like the pros is easy when you know how--and here it is outlined for you in stop action photos.
9-Ball Break - Two Moves For An Improved 9-Ball...
I teach you a 9-Ball break with amazing results.
Cue Ball Control - The Most Important Move
Cue ball control mastery becomes yours with this one simple move.
Kick Shot Pool - The Kick Shot Properly Aimed...
A kick shot in pool is the annoying little bugger where you need to drive the cue ball to a cushion before it rebounds to strike your target object ball. The pool kick shot can be converted to a deadly weapon of pool skill—you'll look like a pool hustler--if only you have a simple way to aim them with precision.
The Break Shot - Two Moves For An Outstanding...
Break Shot Moves For Beginners And Advanced Pool Shooters
Understand Cue Ball Angles - The Best Billiards...
Understand Cue Ball Angles, The Best Billiards Tips
Demolish Your 9-Ball Pool Break
An interesting pool break question today from a devoted website reader. A fellow writes to ask if...
How to Play Last Pocket Eight Ball
Take on 8-ball with a difference with this often money-saving game of Last Pocket Eights.
Custom Cue - Brand Recommendations From An...
“Which brand or maker of custom cue should I try and buy, Matt?” is heard at many of my pool lessons. Here's what I say...
The Classic Pool Grip
The heart and soul of pool flow from an accurate hold on the cuestick. But how to make the classic pool grip, a thing of function and power? Take a look at a typical pool grip from several different viewpoints.
English
Pool Definition -- English. Pool / Billiards.
More on Buying Pool Table Slate
A quality slate is key to a level, enjoyable playing surface.
Pool Game Improvement - Fixing A Straight Stroke
The best advice for your pool game are these secrets of the pool stroke, found nowhere else online. Build your pool game now.
Simply The Best - Best Billiards Tables
Why skimp when the best billiards tables may be in use for decades, even a century, in your home or poolroom?
Pool Cues - Luther Lassiter Stick Weighs In
A Luther Lassiter Balabushka joins the ranks of fabulous pool cues hitting auctions this year.
Not Your Usual Boring Drills
Here's an interesting drill to spice your pool practice. Take video of your play-you can. Page 2.
8-Ball Or 9-Ball, And Why?
8-Ball Or 9-Ball Billiards, And Why?
Ghost Ball Usage - Sectional Pool Aim and The...
We're going back to the ghost ball method of aim to teach you sectional aim -- the ghost ball replacement method of the billiards pros.
Aim Primer 5: Contact Point And Half Ball Line
From the player’s perspective, if the cue ball were to be stroked along the full line it will impact the 2-ball as a “full hit”. With eyes watching from behind the cue ball in the stance, the cue ball will fully eclipse the sphere of the 2-ball at impact... Page 2.
Aim Primer 4: Instinct Vs. Fraction Aim
Aiming the cue ball using instinct vs. Fraction Aim... continuing our aim primer where every different method used by the pros to aim object balls is illustrated. You may catch up on past reads first if you wish.
How To Run A Rack - 8-Ball - Step-By-Step - The...
How to run a rack in step-by-step photos detailing the four kinds of balls that come up in an 8-Ball or 9-Ball rack.
The Noble Game of Six Ball
6-ball provides a quick test on pool. Rack 'em, scatter 'em and run 'em--but will you find Six Ball easier or tougher than running a game of Nine Ball? Check it out.
Efren Reyes - A Stunning Straight Pool Bank Shot
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How Billiards Experts Stroke The Cue Stick
How billiards experts stroke the cue stick is less a matter of debate than of fact. I give 17 reasons why every good billiards player shoots a certain way.
The Two Things Top Shooters Don't Do
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Easy Pool Trick Shot - The Power Of 9
A delightful and easy pool trick shot, this is worth just a few minutes' practice before you set out to dazzle your audience.
How To Play Soft Breaks Safely in Eight or Nine...
I'm all for pounding the break balls in during an open game. But softly also does it, even for old favorites like Eight Ball and Nine Ball.
The 45 Degree Stance
Just bending over does not a pool stance make. Page 2.
The Laser Stroke Cue Aimer - A Review
If you've dreamt of owning a cue laser, dream no more! Ted Schulze's cue laser aimer, the Laser Stroke, is ideal. Read our full review...
Call Shot
Pool Definition -- Call Shot. Pool / Billiards.
How To Snap the Break
Crushing a pool break in billiards is simple when you learn how. Here are super tips on breaking with style.
List Of Existing Pool Leagues - And How To...
This list of established pool leagues comes with my recommendations for improving local and national billiards and pool leagues.
How To Choose a Tip Material
Pool cue tips range in hardness and widths besides material composition. Learn what pool professionals consider in this, their most important investment--the cue tip!
Sneaky Petes & House Cues
House Cues: Any two-piece cue stick whether a sneaky pete or no, that costs more than seventy dollars
Stick Length and Weight - Let's Get It Right...
Cue length and weight discussions must start with a discussion of skills. Page 2.
Arm and Hand Motion in the Classic Stroke
The wrist may make six distinct movements. Is one or more of them required in a pool stroke? Page 4.
Slop
Pool Definition -- Slop. Pool / Billiards.
The Double Shatter Trick Shot
Equipment destroyed, lives lost, noise levels exceeded. Who invented The Double Shatter Trick Shot? It's crazy.
Eyesight Aiming - A Key To Guide All Shooting...
There are numerous myths in pool and billiards concerning the topic of eyesight aiming—myths that will affect your abilities in other shooting and ball/stick sports. It’s imperative your eyesight is accurate or you will 1) miss shots 2) get aches and pains from straining muscles to bring the head into an incorrect, unbalanced position.
Pool Teachers - What Are They Really Teaching?
I list what many of the costliest pool teachers are sharing in their lessons lately, so take careful notes.
How To Play Better Straight Pool
How to play better Straight Pool? Wonder no longer as superb tips are here to help you master this most master-worthy of cue games.
Pool Book Review - "Zen Pool"
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How To Sink More Rail Shots
Pool and billiards becomes quite a different game when the balls sit near the rails. And don't get me started with snooker. Here's how to solve the problems.
How To Sink More Bank Shots
My guide shows you how to make many more bank shots than you do now, and you can take that to the pool bank.
Better Billiards Training - Split The Cue Ball...
Your billiards training towards excellence continues today. We'll talk soon about a straight aimed cue stick that is aimed at the wrong target.
The Real Deal On Aiming Pool
I'm going to tell you the real story on aiming pool. This is the pro method to ensure better play at billiards.
Exotic New Billiards Games (Free To Use/Distrib...
Here are new billiards games for you, courtesy of Andy Neiman.
How To Play Pool Using English
There are still more ways to play english at the pool table. Be sure you get your head wrapped around the three above-other ideas will come to you, especially when your cue is twisted off straight but it looks like the shot may still be made (hint, hint)...
Top 3 Shaft Tapers
No two custom pool cues are the same. The taper of the shaft offers a range of control options in determining play.
Ten More Myths That Can Wreck Your Game
If you want to learn how to play great pool and billiards, you ought to banish these myths from your game.
The Cushion Devastator, A Stroke Skill Shot To...
Here’s an almost cure-all for the ordinary boring drill of pool ball aiming. Set the cue ball and any other pool ball as illustrated and shoot it in the pocket just 3 times...
Pool Sticks, Wood or Fiberglass, Perhaps?
A reader mentions the possible differences between wood cue sticks and fiberglass, which is making a splash. We take a quick and closer look.
Pool Table Rails
Three little tricks you can use to test pool table rails on a new or used table you seek to purchase or play upon. Show them how cool you can be at the poolroom even before play begins.
A Place With Space - Proper Pool Room Space
Clear pool room space on all four sides of the table for standing and shooting in comfort, and also...
Pool Balls - Weights And Pool Balls
Pool balls can vary, surprisingly even on the same table in a set.
Dominant Eye Pool - Does It Work Or Not?
Does the dominant eye play a pivotal role in pool? I say it doesn't, here's why and here's how to best aim in pool and billiards.
Pool Instructions From The Master Player
I have researched many pool instructions from many teachers and found my pool and billiards game still wasn't enough until I followed this specific advice.
Step-by-Step: How To Aim Any Bank Shot Or Kick...
how to make a bank shot or any kick shot using simple calculations.
Seven More Ways To Lose A Game Of Eight Ball
Knowing what not to do is as important in Eight Ball as knowing what to do. Here are seven examples.
How To Improve Your Pool Stroke - By Tiger Woods?
How to improve your pool stroke - why, use golf equipment, of course.
Sneaky Pete - Origin of the Hustler's Weapon?
A sneaky pete cue is what drives some of the pool fans to distraction. Sneaky petes are the hustler's tool, the player's bane. What are the possible origins of this billiards threat?
Learn Wisdom For Better 8 Ball Pool
Playing 8-Ball pool requires tenacity and strategy far more than luck. Here's a solid tip entry in the game pitting solids against stripes.
Pool Action
Pool action continues as I explain exactly how I stand to the ball so that I almost never miss shots.
How To Stroke A Billiards Shot - Expert Advice
Your mindset plays a big role in stroke. A typical shot should yield three or four ready options but when I look stuck onto one possible stroke/aim/speed, I bear down and take that option with commitment. I usually play these back-against-the-wall-shots better than with my regular mindset.
The Fun "Circle Pacing Drill"
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Open Break
Pool Definition -- Open Break. Pool / Billiards.
Aim Primer 2: Glossary And Critical Terms
I'm backing my aim primer with an all-new cue ball aim glossary of key terms at About.com. Study these terms and you'll not only sound intelligent at the pool hall, you'll understand cue ball aim better.
Wood Pool Cues Are Where It's At
The best cues are wood pool cues, not graphite and other Space Age materials, and here's why.
Rotation (a.k.a. Chicago) Rules, Odds & Strategy
With its potentially lengthy contest, Rotation was the darling of most pool shooters up through the Depression era and WWII. This classic game deserves a second look. My students enjoy it at our pool and billiards clinics...
8-Ball Rules - Which? When? Why?
Donny and Matt's 8-Ball rules debates continue at About.com. Which side will you choose?
8-Ball Break Shot
Improve your 8-Ball break shot. Do these tips apply to your game as to the reader whose questions I answer for a more powerful 8-Ball break?
Pacing Beats Chasing
The "Home Again" cut shot is the single most important technique in billiards to teach the correct stroke.
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