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Tips For Buying a Pool Cue That's Best for You
Here are some helpful hints on buying your
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.
How To Choose the Right Pool Cue
Your guide to narrowing down choices and selecting the best possible custom pool cue.
How To Replace A Cue Stick's Tip Yourself
How To Replace A Cue Stick's Tip Yourself
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.
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.
Choosing A Smart Pool Cue
Unless soft tips help you truly pocket every ball you look at, stay clear of them, in my opinion.
Challenges of Playing on Different Pool Table...
Pool Table Sizes: Tables measuring 4' x 8' have a key disadvantage (okay, challenge)...
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 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.
Pool Table Sizes And So-Called "Regulation...
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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
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.
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...
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.
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.
How To Play Pool Like The Pros
How to play pool like the pros, using my ultimate tips and techniques.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
Pool Training - How Pros Really Aim In Billiards
Pool training you can take to the bank, hustler.
The Two Things Top Shooters Don't Do
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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.
Top 10 Mistakes Made Using Pool English
Pool english question of the day as a reader takes their object balls for a spin.
Buy A Pool Table - How To Buy A Pool Table Right
Buy your next pool table, new or used, the smart way.
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.
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
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.
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 Do Top Pros Practice Pool?
How do top pros practice pool? Jump in for more of Donny and Matt's 8-Ball Debates...
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
The Best Pool Aim Systems
The dramatic conclusion of my aim primer for pool and pocket billiards.
Don't Look At The Object Ball When Aiming In...
This instruction may startle you, but an average, even a beginning pool player, should look neither at the cue ball nor the object ball for aim.
How To Rack Pool Balls Tightly
How to rack pool balls better is the question answered today, and with a few secrets in this feature.
Pool Cue Tips - How To Choose Between Pool Cue...
A shameless request for info on pool cue tips becomes a pool cue tips compendium.
Don't Shaft Yourself When Fixing Your Cue
Also, strong grits of sandpaper (rougher than 800-grit) will wear down the shaft and change its play quality over time.
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.
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.
Sneaky Petes Pool Cues And House Cues
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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.
Getting The Best Pool Sticks For Your Money
There is likely a weight bolt inside the butt cap that may removed or changed at will to change the weight of your playing cue. Experiment.
Billiards Shot - Over A Dozen Tips To Improve...
Over a dozen billiards shot tips in an article geared to improve your pool skills.
Mini Pool Tables - Billiards Trouble Or...
Far too small to offer a true test of skill, these are toys for young children mostly. Learn about the correct sizes for pool tables.
Which Aim Methods Are Best?
Which Billiards Aim Methods Are Best? Let me start by telling you why different aim methods work best for different players.
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.
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 Play Last Pocket Eight Ball
Take on 8-ball with a difference with this often money-saving game of Last Pocket Eights.
Jump Shot Tips - Cues And Methods
All about jump shots including aim, technique and special equipment to get you high faster and cheaper, too.
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.
Typical Custom Cue Dimensions
What are the typical weights and sizes in a custom cue? Which choices are right for your game?
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.
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.
How To Break Hard In Pool - Snap The Break
Here are super tips on how to break hard in pool, and with style.
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.
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 Laser Pool Cue Enabled - Our Full Review Of...
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...
Hot Pool Break Tips For Differences Between...
Looking for break tips? Some of the best break tips are recorded in this unique article.
8-Ball Or 9-Ball, And Why?
8-Ball Or 9-Ball Billiards, And Why?
Top 3 Shaft Tapers - The Pool Cue Taper And You
No two custom pool cues are the same. The taper of the shaft offers a range of control options in determining play. Here are all three tapers.
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.
Understand Cue Ball Angles - The Best Billiards...
Understand Cue Ball Angles, The Best Billiards 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.
Pool Definition -- Slop. Pool / Billiards.
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.
English In Billiards - The Bane Of Many...
Pool Definition -- English: The use of english in billiards, what it is, what it does.
The Roles Of Hand And Eyes In The Pool Stroke
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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.
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.
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.
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.
How To Improve Fast
How to improve your billiards skills fast? Work the following routines daily or as often as you can.
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 Best Pool Cues May Not Be Straight Cue Sticks
The best pool cues may not even be straight. Here's why.
Actually Hit The Cue Ball Where You Aim With...
It’s a frequent occurrence for me to spend 15 minutes to correct the player habit of fudging the address position. Here's how to fix it yourself.
9-Ball Break - Two Moves For An Improved 9-Ball...
I teach you a 9-Ball break with amazing results.
Pool Definition -- Ball-In-Hand. Pool / Billiards.
Most Expensive Pool Cue - Luther Lassiter's...
A Luther Lassiter cue joins the ranks of fabulous pool cues hitting auctions this year and vies for the title of the most expensive pool cue.
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.
Pool Balls - Weights And Pool Balls
Pool balls can vary, surprisingly even on the same table in a set.
10-Foot Pool Tables, Known As "Monster Tables"...
Have you ever shot pool on a 10-foot pool table? I doubt it and here's why.
Rotation aka Chicago - Pool & Billiards Games
Rotation was the darling of most pool shooters up through the Depression era and WWII. This classic game deserves a second look.
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.
Pool Cue Length And Weight - Searching For The...
Seeking the Holy Grail of sticks by weight and cue length is a pastime for millions--but the real news is inside our story--the true pool cue length.
Pool Sticks - Do You Know Their Parts And...
The ferrule, tip hardness and shaft flexibility combine to help provide feel for the next pool, snooker or cushion billiards shot.
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.
Distance From The Ball
You take a few practice strokes and all looks well. Then you realize the cue ball is five feet away from your cue tip and you’ll never strike it with your cue stick at all...
How To Choose Pool Cue Tip Materials
This article will help you learn what pool professionals appreciate in their most important investment--a great cue tip.
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.
Breaking an 8-Ball Rack With Power
Stop action unretouched photography shows the power of a skilled 8-ball open break.
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.
14 Ways To Play A Safety Shot
Have You Considered These 14 Types Of Billiards Safety Shots?
Step-by-Step: How To Aim Any Bank Shot Or Kick...
how to make a bank shot or any kick shot using simple calculations.
A Critical Shaft Component - Your Pool Cue...
The shock terminator of pool, the ferrule absorbs impact. Keep it clean and damage free and it will reward your pool game.
Pool Tables 101 - A Book Review
What precise details do you need to look for in a new or used pool table to get the best value? How can you repair and re-felt your table accurately on a budget? What key questions should you ask of any pool table dealer or installer you shop?
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.
Straight Pool Strategy And Hints
Straight Pool Strategy And Hints
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.
George Balabushka, aka "George Herman Balabushka"
Aspiring creators need many years to produce the best. Fortunately for the world of pool, George Balabushka handed down many trade secrets...
Billiards Equipment - Buying The Best Pool Balls
Pool and Billiard balls are made from a durable plastic resin that is highly crack resistant under stress. This so called “phenolic resin” represents a big change from...
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.
Aim Through Center - Pocket More Balls This Way
Take aim through center ball or is there a more subtle way to pocket balls in pool and 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 Hold A Pool Cue With Your Hand
How to hold your pool cue? Let's take a closer look, shall we? I outline the correct use of the hand and where to hold the cue stick in your hand.
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.
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.
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.
All About Natural Strokes - Play Like A Pro
Shoot like a pro using this method. A winner every time.
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.
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.
Pool Draw - Accomplished Far More Easily Than...
I've reduced pool draw to (one!) easy step anyone can follow for improved billiards play.
Fun Billiards Games - And Tips And Strategy Also
Some general tips on the most popular pool games and some interesting variations, too...
Demolish Your 9-Ball Pool Break
An interesting pool break question today from a devoted website reader. A fellow writes to ask if...
History Of Pool - Pool Ball Progression
John Wesley Hyatt saved elephants from pool extinction, by inventing modern plastic, as part of the legacy of the history of pool.
Use One Thumb To Help Get Ultimate Cue Ball...
I am a cue ball control maven, work that white ball as I demonstrate and pool and billiards are easy.
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.
More On Buying A Great Pool Table Slate
A quality pool table slate is the top key to making a level, enjoyable playing surface, without wobbles affecting the roll of the balls. Here's more.
Head Aim - Get Your Head In (Out) Of The Game...
Get your head and aim lined together for pool, but not in the way most players think. The head stays down this way and the chin does not cover the stick this way...
Ball Run - The 8-Ball Debates Begin
Should you consistently go for the big ball run in 8-Ball? Here's why not and what to do instead.
The Killer And The Mosc Part V: Ralph Greenleaf...
Young player Arness will need his best to defeat Mosconi--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.
John Schmidt, Pool's "Mr. 400"
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How To Practice Pool Skills Effectively –...
How to practice pool skills effectively and get on a virtuous cycle of continuous improvement.
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.
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.
Eight Ball And Nine Ball Strategy
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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.
8-Ball Rules - Which? When? Why?
Donny and Matt's 8-Ball rules debates continue at About.com. Which side will you choose?
Some Of My "Secrets" For Running A Pool Table
Here's how to run out at the pool tables more often. Even the pros want to do more than one of four 9-Ball racks if the pressure is at a maximum.
APA Break - And For Other Players - 8-Ball...
The APA break rules can be a blessing or a curse as can other pool league and tournament rules. Here's why.
Great Pool Tricks - The Never Missed Bank Shot
One of a number of easy but show-stopping pool trick shots from About.com.
The Major Pool Cue Joints - The Master Joint...
The master joint on a custom cue stick is crucial to a dead solid hit. Made of steel or wood properly, you can bash open a break shot and/or stroke with confidence and maximum feel.
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.
Discover More About Folding Pool Tables
Amazing space innovation, the folding pool table. An idea whose time has come? Or not?
Pool Rack - To Tap Or Not To Tap Is Hamlet's...
Forming a firm pool rack could involve tapping or is it rapping? We explore how to stymie your opponent the legal way in billiards.

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