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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.
Before You Buy A Pool Cue
Your guide to narrowing down choices and selecting the best possible custom pool cue.
8 Ball Breaks - 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.
Pro Hints On Buying Your Personal Best Pool Cue
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Before You Buy Your Pool Table
Price alone is not an indicator of table quality. There are questions requiring forethought before you purchase a pool table.
8-Ball Rules And Strategy
How to make 8-Ball rules made simple--and fair. Page 2.
Pool Table Sizes
Pool Table Sizes: Tables measuring 4' x 8' have a key disadvantage (okay, challenge)...
Secrets Of Aiming In Pool And Billiards
I'd love for all billiard players to know the truth regarding the real secrets of aiming in pool-the
Top 8 Basic Pool Strokes
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.
The Greatest Pool Hustler - Vernon Elliott
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.
Light Or Heavy Cue Weight?
Use a billiard playing cue weight that is light or heavy? Do you know how to choose? We show you how.
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.
9-Ball Game Rules & Strategy
9-Ball's game rules and strategy are deceptively simple. But there is far more to the action than meets the eye.
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 Break In 8 Ball - Breaking The 8 Ball In
How to break in 8 ball? By which I mean, how to break the 8 ball in on the break? 8 ball breaks require not so much of a deft touch or sheer genius, but the will to play an unusual stroke that could win the game for you in one try (if local rules for 8 ball breaks call making the 8 ball on the break a win). Page 2.
How To Replace A Cue Stick's Tip Yourself
How To Replace A Cue Stick's Tip Yourself
How To Play Pool Like The Pros
How to play pool like the pros, using my ultimate tips and techniques.
Pool Hustling Legends - On The Road With Players
Read true stories about pool hustling legends at About.com.
Pool Table Space Requirements - A Trick To...
Calculating accurate pool table space requirements? Let our guide help you.
Pool Training - How Pros Really Aim In Billiards
Pool training you can take to the bank, hustler.
Basic Bank Shots
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.
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.
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
Pro Pool - Ten Billiards Tips Your Opponents...
Ten pro pool tips your opponents don’t know, brought to you by About.com
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.
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.
Top 10 Mistakes Made Using Pool English
A reader takes object balls out for a pool english side-spin: “...Great info that you've got on the website,
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Ten Top Break Shot Tips
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aiming the Cue Ball and the "Ghost Ball"
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. Page 5.
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.
How To Practice Pool Skills Effectively –...
How to practice pool skills effectively and get on a virtuous cycle of continuous improvement.
How Do Top Pros Practice Pool?
How do top pros practice pool? Jump in for more of Donny and Matt's 8-Ball Debates...
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.
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.
Here's How To Crush Your Power Break Shots
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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.
Understand Cue Ball Angles - The Best Billiards...
Understand Cue Ball Angles, The Best Billiards Tips
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.
English
Pool Definition -- English. Pool / Billiards.
A Word on "Regulation" Tables
Beware rip-offs! Table ads that guarantee “regulation size” mean nothing in particular...
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?
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?
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.
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 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.
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?
Breaking an 8-Ball Rack With Power
Stop action unretouched photography shows the power of a skilled 8-ball open break.
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 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.
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.
Billiards Shot - Over A Dozen Tips To Improve...
Over a dozen billiards shot tips in an article geared to improve your pool skills.
Pacing Beats Chasing
The "Home Again" cut shot is the single most important technique in billiards to teach the correct stroke.
The Cue Sticks Of George Balabushka
The Cue Sticks Of George Balabushka
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.
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.
Buy A Pool Table - How To Buy A Pool Table Right
Buy your next pool table, new or used, the smart way.
Step-by-Step: How To Aim Any Bank Shot Or Kick...
how to make a bank shot or any kick shot using simple calculations. Page 4.
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...
Billiards Skills - 5 Myths That Will Destroy Them
Get your billiards skills under control and avoid these awful mistakes. Learn from the best, the tools of the top pool pros and teachers.
Efren Reyes - A Stunning Straight Pool Bank Shot
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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...
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.
The Break Shot - Two Moves For An Outstanding...
Break Shot Moves For Beginners And Advanced Pool Shooters
The Best Pool Cues May Not Be Straight Cue Sticks
The best pool cues may not even be straight. Here's why.
The Classic Pool Grip
Another look at the pool grip, for players who prefer the cue to sit against their palm rather than hanging freely. Page 2.
Cue Ball Control - The Most Important Move
Cue ball control mastery becomes yours with this one simple move.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prayer, Pool And Power
First event up was the annual Hopkins Super Billiards Expo with about 8,000 pool players in attendance at the New Jersey Expo and Convention Center in Edison, NJ.
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.
More on Buying Pool Table Slate
A quality slate is key to a level, enjoyable playing surface.
Through The Cue Through Trick Shot Ideas
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Getting some with this billiards pro skill...
Either way, you cannot apply more than three tips of spin/english to a cue ball. These three drills are designed for you to be able to shoot with english applied at a dead straight-in shot so you can see the deflection, then learn how to account for it. 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!
Where To Hold The Fingers, Billiards Player?...
Listen, billiards player! Here's where to hold the fingers (four hand designs/shapes).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Ball-In-Hand
Pool Definition -- Ball-In-Hand. Pool / Billiards.
How To Play Draw, Soft And Smooth
I respond to a reader's question about draw. I'm sure you'll find our conversation helpful no matter your skill level.
Pool Cue Tips - How To Choose Between Pool Cue...
A shameless request for info on pool cue tips becomes a pool cue tips compendium.
8-Ball Or 9-Ball, And Why?
8-Ball Or 9-Ball Billiards, And Why?
How To Improve Your Pool Stroke - By Tiger Woods?
How to improve your pool stroke - why, use golf equipment, of course.
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.
Stick Length and Weight - Let's Get It Right...
Cue length and weight discussions must start with a discussion of skills. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
How to Play Last Pocket Eight Ball
Take on 8-ball with a difference with this often money-saving game of Last Pocket Eights.
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.
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.
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...
English Mistakes - Avoid Them Using Secrets Of...
Avoid costly english mistakes with these secrets of sidespin. Put pro and hustler knowledge to work for you now.
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.
The Triple Loosen Draw
Adding pool draw is easy if you follow my 3-step recipe.
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.
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.
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.
9-Ball Break - Two Moves For An Improved 9-Ball...
I teach you a 9-Ball break with amazing results.
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.
How To Pool Draw - Photos of Draw Stroke...
How to play pool draw is the story of watching a solid model, as with these instructional high speed draw photos. Professional draw is a learned skill but you can do it. Study these photos to learn how to play draw, billiards draw and the all-important (and frequently resorted to) pool draw shot.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Powerful Pool Lesson - Control Ball Speed With...
A quality today. How to absolutely control ball speed using grip force... flow the stroke even better, letting the cue stick pass lightly through your hand...
Technique In Aiming The Cue Ball - Aiming In...
One of my best techniques for aiming the cue ball is described including a helpful illustration.
Aim Primer 7: Ghost Ball vs. Contact Point Aim
Contact point systems are simpler and more effective than ghost ball systems. As illustrated in the diagram, the player marks the contact point on the object ball with an early terminus to the aim line as shown. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
Pool Balls - Weights And Pool Balls
Pool balls can vary, surprisingly even on the same table in a set.
The 45 Degree Stance
Just bending over does not a pool stance make. Page 2.
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.
Pool Cues - Luther Lassiter Stick Weighs In
A Luther Lassiter Balabushka joins the ranks of fabulous pool cues hitting auctions this year.
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.
Pool Table Room Size - I Answer A Reader's...
A reader's question about a bargain pool table leads to a response on pool table room size.
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.
Repairing Dents On Your Cue Stick's Shaft
Repairing Dents On Your Cue Stick's Shaft - how do to it on your own, step-by-step.
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)...
All About Natural Roll In Pool And Billiards
All about natural roll, the most powerful pool technique because of its simple nature; anyone can shoot like a pro using natural roll.
Shooting Pool Accurately - No Poked Stroke
Shooting pool accurately involves a smooth, non-poked stroke. Here's how! 4 ways to do it...
How To Draw Pool Instant Improvement
Here is an exhaustive list of draw pool stroke techniques every billiards player will want to aid them with the sometimes challenging draw stroke.
8-Ball Pattern - With The Drill Instructor
Another great lesson from The Drill Instructor By Dominic Esposito Practice Drills That Develop Consistency
Call Shot
Pool Definition -- Call Shot. Pool / Billiards.
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.
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.
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...
8 Ball Love And Lore - We Say Why We All Love 8...
Q. Why Do You Love 8 Ball? A. Your About.com Pool & Billiards Guide and his frequent collaborator, Donny Lutz, share why 8 Ball has meant so much to them through the years.
Pool Action
Pool action continues as I explain exactly how I stand to the ball so that I almost never miss shots.
How To Cut Rail Shots In Pool And Billiards
The last player I showed this move made nine balls in a row along the rail after struggling with the shot for months.
Pool Drill Workout - Notes From A Dominic...
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