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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.
Tips For Buying a Pool Cue That's Best for You
Here are some helpful hints on buying your
Pool Hustling Legends - On The Road With Players
Read true stories about pool hustling legends at About.com.
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.
From Fast Eddie To Slow Burnie - Hustling Hard
From Fast Eddie Felson to Burnie Elliott, pool shooters have been captivated by the hustling legends of the game. Read their true stories.
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 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.
What Are the Rules and Best Strategies in...
The outer simplicity of 8-Ball, however, belies its sublime strategy. Top 8-Ball demands more creative thinking than a rotation game such as 9-Ball, plus more clever shot sequencing with precise control of the cue ball, too.
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.
Buy (Or Don't Buy) a Pool Jump Break Cue?
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 Choose the Right Pool Cue
Your guide to narrowing down choices and selecting the best possible custom pool cue.
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.
Pool Table Sizes And So-Called "Regulation...
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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.
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
Pool Stick High - Who Was The Best Ever With A...
Who is the best ever to wield a pool stick? Is there a clear way to determine the best at the sport?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Challenges of Playing on Different Pool Table...
Pool Table Sizes: Tables measuring 4' x 8' have a key disadvantage (okay, challenge)...
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.
How To Play Pool Like The Pros
How to play pool like the pros, using my ultimate tips and techniques.
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
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 Training - How Pros Really Aim In Billiards
Pool training you can take to the bank, hustler.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top 10 Mistakes Made Using Pool English
Pool english question of the day as a reader takes their object balls for a spin.
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.
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.
The Best Pool Aim Systems
The dramatic conclusion of my aim primer for pool and pocket billiards.
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.
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.
10 Billiards Tips Your Opponents Don't Know
Ten pro pool tips your opponents don’t know, brought to you by About.com
Choosing A Smart Pool Cue
Unless soft tips help you truly pocket every ball you look at, stay clear of them, in my opinion.
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.
How Do Top Pros Practice Pool?
How do top pros practice pool? Jump in for more of Donny and Matt's 8-Ball Debates...
More Blast Billiards Tips - Free & Easy Help...
Whether you are seeking free help for original blast billiards, deluxe blast billiards, ultimate blast billiards, trick blast billiards or the new 2008 blast billiards, we have it here.
Buy A Pool Table - How To Buy A Pool Table Right
Buy your next pool table, new or used, the smart way.
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.
Four Contributors To The Death Of Pool
Change these factors! Help save pool as a vital sport.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Aim Primer 5: Contact Point And Half Ball Line
Continuing our Aim Primer from behind the cue ball with more information on dividing balls and the contact point. Regardless of cue ball direction of travel, and discounting concepts of collision-induced throw and etc., the cue ball can come from any direction yet strike the 2-ball on its contact point to sink it.
Step-by-Step: How To Aim Any Bank Shot Or Kick...
how to make a bank shot or any kick shot using simple calculations.
Mini Tables
Far too small to offer a true test of skill, these are toys for young children mostly.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Pool Cue Tips - How To Choose Between Pool Cue...
A shameless request for info on pool cue tips becomes a pool cue tips compendium.
Box Method of Aim
The orange line bisecting this box from the center of the pocket opening through the middle of the 6-ball will indicate the contact point where the cue ball is to strike and it is extremely important in pool that...
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.
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.
Aim Primer 7: Ghost Ball vs. Contact Point Aim
Use the ghost ball or fire directly at the contact point in pool and billiards? I've got the whys and hows here as part of my ultimate pool aim primer.
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.
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.
Following The Break - What To Do After The...
Here's what you should think about as soon as the balls are broken. What to following the break.
Paul Newman - Pool Players Worldwide Mourn The...
Pool players the world over mourn the of loss Paul Newman. This acting great leaves behind a kind legacy to the world of pool and to others.
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.
Ball-In-Hand
Pool Definition -- Ball-In-Hand. Pool / Billiards.
How To Carom The 9-Ball - Tips For One Of The...
Caroming the 9-ball is quite simple and a smarter play than most any combination. See how to do it at About.com.
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.
4 Steps To Choosing The Perfect Pool Cue Price
The essential costs/pool cue price range hasn't changed much in 20 years so here's the 4 steps to picking the right stick.
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.
English
Pool Definition -- English. Pool / Billiards.
Draw: Level vs. Jab Stroke
Interestingly, there are two basic types of draw strokes that can be learned, and one may fit your pool skills better than the other.
Slip Stroke Technique
The slip stroke is a technique that many players do on an subconscious basis. You may want to experiment to add it to your game.
How To Get More Power And Accuracy On Most Pool...
Come straight into the head ball with relaxed power. Too hard can be as bad as too soft.
9-Ball Break - Two Moves For An Improved 9-Ball...
I teach you a 9-Ball break with amazing results.
Eight Ball And Nine Ball Strategy
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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.
Meeting Famous Pool Players - The Mickey...
Great player Mickey Holiday shares his adventures with About.com readers, playing and beating some of the best billiards pros in the nation.
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.
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.
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.
Hustlers Tricks - Know Them, Avoid Them
There are sharks in all the waters of the pool rooms in this world, it seems. Heck, my wife tries to shark me when we play, since she gets bored of sitting and watching me run tables.
How to Play Last Pocket Eight Ball
Take on 8-ball with a difference with this often money-saving game of Last Pocket Eights.
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.
The Best Pool Cues May Not Be Straight Cue Sticks
The best pool cues may not even be straight. Here's why.
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.
The Two Things Top Shooters Don't Do
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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.
Parallel Aiming In Pool
Note that although this has been called “the parallel aim method”, it is actually a plan to bring the edges of the pool balls together...
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.
Breaking an 8-Ball Rack With Power
Stop action unretouched photography shows the power of a skilled 8-ball open break.
8-Ball Or 9-Ball, And Why?
8-Ball Or 9-Ball Billiards, And Why?
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.
The 45 Degree Stance
With some exceptions, most players would do well with a stance angled at 45 degrees to the shot at hand.
Two Moves For An Outstanding Pool Break Shot
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.
Slop
Pool Definition -- Slop. Pool / Billiards.
Technique In Aiming The Cue Ball - Aiming In...
One of my best techniques for aiming the cue ball is described including a helpful illustration.
Understand Cue Ball Angles - The Best Billiards...
Understand Cue Ball Angles, The Best Billiards Tips
Pool Hall Culture - This Is What Makes For A...
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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.
Efren Reyes - A Stunning Straight Pool Bank Shot
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Pool Ball Drills - Killer Safeties To Win...
These double-sided pool ball drills develop intense safety skills to win games.
Demolish Your 9-Ball Pool Break
An interesting pool break question today from a devoted website reader. A fellow writes to ask if...
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.
Play 9-Ball Better In Competition
Are you planning to play 9-Ball for an upcoming tournament or simply enjoy the game? A devoted reader asked me yesterday about how they might...
Billiards Shot - Over A Dozen Tips To Improve...
Over a dozen billiards shot tips in an article geared to improve your pool skills.
Sleazy Hustlers Make Me Hot!
Can we live with hustlers, or can we turn it all down and live without hustlers? A hot topic.
How To Improve Fast
How to improve your billiards skills fast? Work the following routines daily or as often as you can.
Arm and Hand Motion in the Classic Stroke
What is the motion of the shooting hand and arm through the classic pool stroke? It's not a true pendulum! It is best described with photos.
How To Practice Pool Skills Effectively –...
How to practice pool skills effectively and get on a virtuous cycle of continuous improvement.
Willie Mosconi, aka "The Mosc"
The All-Time Pool Legend lives on in the hearts of those who know Willie's Game.
Pool Cues - Luther Lassiter Stick Weighs In
A Luther Lassiter Balabushka joins the ranks of fabulous pool cues hitting auctions this year.
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.
Learn to play the speed of the balls in pool
Pacing beats chasing on most shots, which is to say, play the cue ball right now and the next object ball will be easy to shoot also, as I demonstrate.
The Tip Kick System
Do pro skill drills with The Drill Instructor on an entire section of articles at our pool and billiards website.
Pool Draw - Accomplished Far More Easily Than...
I've reduced pool draw to (one!) easy step anyone can follow for improved billiards play.
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.
Pro Skill Drill - Get Your Pool Shape In Shape
Get your shape fixed with Dominic Esposito, The Drill Instructor, and these fabulous pro skill drills.
Where To Hold The Fingers, Billiards Player?...
Listen, billiards player! Here's where to hold the fingers (four hand designs/shapes).
More on Buying Pool Table Slate
A quality slate is key to a level, enjoyable playing surface.
Play In A Pool Tournament - Get Ready With The...
Ready to play in a pool tournament? Dominic Esposito gets you there with his patented drills and preparations. Check it out.
Stick Length and Weight - Let's Get It Right...
Cue length and weight discussions must start with a discussion of skills. Page 2.
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
Break Tips - Difference Between Table Sizes
Looking for break tips? Some of the best break tips are recorded in this unique article.
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.
Use Just 3 Speeds In Billiards Competition
How To Shoot Better In Billiards Competition: Choose from among three speeds only, believe it or not. I show you how, when and why. Page 2.
Two Most Important Position Tools
Start with the basics. Where would you strike the purple 12-ball to sink it inside the nearby side pocket? These are perhaps the two most vital position concepts in pool.
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.
Reverse Slip Stroke
The reverse slip stroke is a powerful technique to learn. A real eye opener for beginning pool players, no less than pool giants Willie Mosconi and Ralph Greenleaf (commonly considered the two best ever to wield a cue) used the r.s.s. to add power and finesse to their game.
7 Kinds Of English And When To Use Them
7 Kinds Of English And When To Use Them? Dig into our billiards plays with relish because you're about to learn english many players don't know.
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 Draw Cross Shot
Crossing the table with draw spin (underspin) is not the first thought for many players--but it works. Check out this technique for pool and billiards.
Banking like the pros
I’d like to explain to you why it is that pro pool shooters often smack bank shots to the pockets at great speed and with a dash of english, too. How would you bank the striped ball to the opposite side pocket? You might want to review my simple-to-aim bank method for a few moments first.
8-Ball Pattern - With The Drill Instructor
Another great lesson from The Drill Instructor By Dominic Esposito Practice Drills That Develop Consistency
Monster Tables - 5' x 10'
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14 Ways To Play A Safety Shot
Have You Considered These 14 Types Of Billiards Safety Shots?
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.
A Training Billiards Game - "Play Catch"
Play catch, a billiards game, and learn one of the most deadly pool strokes in mere minutes.
3 Ball Breaks
Perfect Practice - 3 Ball Breaks
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?
Cue Ball Control - The Most Important Move
Cue ball control mastery becomes yours with this one simple move.
How To Remove the Cue Shaft Finish
Some find the slick finish manufacturers add to their cue shafts distracting during play. Learn how to remove and replace a cue shaft's finish.
Pool Shot Technique - Aligning Straighter Than...
Head, eyes, chin, fingers—Is your stick pointed at the target accurately for positive pool shot technique? Are you sure?
The Triple Loosen Draw
Adding pool draw is easy if you follow my 3-step recipe.
Force Draw Shots
The force draw shot is exciting and wild, yet controlled. The beginner has something to dream for--the ability to place massive spin onto the cue ball.
How To Improve Your Pool Stroke - By Tiger Woods?
How to improve your pool stroke - why, use golf equipment, of course.
Straight Pool
Pool Definition -- Straight Pool

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