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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.
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.
Tips For Buying a Pool Cue That's Best for You
Here are some helpful hints on buying your
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.
What Are the Rules and Best Strategies in...
How to make 8-Ball rules made simple--and fair.
How To Choose the Right Pool Cue
Your guide to narrowing down choices and selecting the best possible custom pool cue.
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.
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.
Challenges of Playing on Different Pool Table...
Pool Table Sizes: Tables measuring 4' x 8' have a key disadvantage (okay, challenge)...
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.
How To Replace A Cue Stick's Tip Yourself
How To Replace A Cue Stick's Tip Yourself
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
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.
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.
How To Play Pool Like The Pros
How to play pool like the pros, using my ultimate tips and techniques.
Stance: The Big Secret!
I've started with my head above the line of the shot. My shooting arm, however, is on the right of the trunk of my body. Bending over, head in the middle has made my cuestick point away from the shot. Page 2.
A Word on "Regulation" Tables
Beware rip-offs! Table ads that guarantee “regulation size” mean nothing in particular...
A Classic Pool Stroke, Step by Step
Note the gentle, flowing motion that makes the classic pool stroke a THROW, not a stab or jab. There are other pool strokes, but this one from the field is a tossing motion... Page 2.
10 Billiards Tips Your Opponents Don't Know
Ten pro pool tips your opponents don’t know, brought to you by About.com
How to Make Basic Bank Shots in Billiards
We're used to banking balls into the pocket all the time, so simply begin by dropping a line into the opposite corner pocket.
The Double Shatter Trick Shot
Equipment destroyed, lives lost, noise levels exceeded. Who invented The Double Shatter Trick Shot? It's crazy.
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 Training - How Pros Really Aim In Billiards
Pool training you can take to the bank, hustler.
The Right And Wrong Ways To Draw the Cue Ball
Watch and laugh as I uncork a common error on draw shots.
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.
Top 10 Mistakes Made Using Pool English
Pool english question of the day as a reader takes their object balls for a spin.
How to Aim the Cue Ball and 'Ghost Ball' in Pool
The ghost ball method reviewed in pool. How does the pool professional take aim at billiard balls, those sometimes difficult-to-discern spheres far away across the table?
The Killer And The Mosc Part III: Pickle Juice...
From pickle juice to battling a world champion, it wouldn't take many drinks.
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.
Weird but wonderful
Bill Kurrek has designed something rather unusual for pool players everywhere to consider--a triangular-shaped cue stick...
Killer Pool - Rules And A Helpful Tool, Too
Shoot to kill with this new killer pool app for Android phones.
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.
How To Run In Pool - Debating Pool's Point Of...
Do you know how to run in pool and billiards, and when? Do you duck out and let the other guy (gal) shoot instead?
Mini Tables
Far too small to offer a true test of skill, these are toys for young children mostly.
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.
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.
Ball-In-Hand
Pool Definition -- Ball-In-Hand. Pool / Billiards.
Breaking an 8-Ball Rack With Power
Pulling back for the power break, I feel like I am drawing a bow with drag and weight on my arm. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Buy A Pool Table - How To Buy A Pool Table Right
Buy your next pool table, new or used, the smart way.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Understand Cue Ball Angles - The Best Billiards...
Understand Cue Ball Angles, The Best Billiards Tips
Carom Billiards
Pool Definition -- Carom Billiards, A carom is made when two balls collide. A billiards game whose object is to collide balls together to score points...
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.
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.
Pool Cue Tips - How To Choose Between Pool Cue...
A shameless request for info on pool cue tips becomes a pool cue tips compendium.
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.
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?
Stick Length and Weight - Let's Get It Right...
Cue length and weight discussions must start with a discussion of skills. Page 2.
English
Pool Definition -- English. Pool / Billiards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Demolish Your 9-Ball Pool Break
An interesting pool break question today from a devoted website reader. A fellow writes to ask if...
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.
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 45 Degree Stance
...And it is difficult to stroke the cue stick with any reliable action with my feet square to the table. Many players overcompensate by standing perpendicular to the shot instead, which is also a poor choice... Page 4.
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 Triple Loosen Draw
Adding pool draw is easy if you follow my 3-step recipe.
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!
9-Ball Break - Two Moves For An Improved 9-Ball...
I teach you a 9-Ball break with amazing results.
Arm and Hand Motion in the Classic Stroke
A greatly exaggerated followthrough shows the direction of the thrust forward in pool. Page 3.
The Best Pool Cues May Not Be Straight Cue Sticks
The best pool cues may not even be straight. Here's why.
How To Put Yourself In The Zone For Pool: Part 2
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How to Play Last Pocket Eight Ball
Take on 8-ball with a difference with this often money-saving game of Last Pocket Eights.
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.
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.
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.
How Do Top Pros Practice Pool?
How do top pros practice pool? Jump in for more of Donny and Matt's 8-Ball Debates...
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.
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.
Sneaky Petes & House Cues
House Cues: Any two-piece cue stick whether a sneaky pete or no, that costs more than seventy dollars
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.
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 Ball Drills - Killer Safeties To Win...
These double-sided pool ball drills develop intense safety skills to win games.
Turn a 9-Ball Rack To Powder!
Lean into the pool break, but not too much before pulling the trigger. 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.
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 Practice Pool Skills Effectively –...
How to practice pool skills effectively and get on a virtuous cycle of continuous improvement.
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.
Learn to play the speed of the balls in pool
The "Home Again" cut shot is the single most important technique in billiards to teach the correct stroke.
How To Hold The Pool Cue - A Closer Look
How to hold your pool cue? Let's take a closer look, shall we?
Slip Stroke Technique
As the cue moves forward for the next practice stroke, without touching the cue ball, my hand is slipping along the cue's length toward its rear. Page 2.
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.
Pool Draw - Accomplished Far More Easily Than...
I've reduced pool draw to (one!) easy step anyone can follow for improved billiards play.
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.
Cue Ball Control - The Most Important Move
Cue ball control mastery becomes yours with this one simple move.
How Billiards Dethroned The President
How Billiards Dethroned The President
Billiards Shot - Over A Dozen Tips To Improve...
Over a dozen billiards shot tips in an article geared to improve your pool skills.
Efren Reyes - A Stunning Straight Pool Bank Shot
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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?
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?
Where To Hold The Fingers, Billiards Player?...
Listen, billiards player! Here's where to hold the fingers (four hand designs/shapes).
How To Improve Fast
How to improve your billiards skills fast? Work the following routines daily or as often as you can.
An Overcutter's Tale - Why Jane And Dick Miss...
Why do you miss pool shots? Once upon a time, this is how our hero missed many pool and billiards cut shots.
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.
Pool Balls - Weights And Pool Balls
Pool balls can vary, surprisingly even on the same table in a set.
8-Ball Or 9-Ball, And Why?
8-Ball Or 9-Ball Billiards, And Why?
Banking like the pros
Yes, the yellow line in the diagram is the correct bank shot plot. So why will the pro often pound the bank with inside (in this case, right hand) english applied? Page 2.
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.
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.
Pool Hustling Legends - On The Road With Players
Read true stories about pool hustling legends at About.com.
How To Examine the Master Joint
The master joint on a custom cue stick is crucial to a dead solid hit. Made of steel, you can bash open a break shot or if wood-to-wood in make, stroke with confidence and maximum feel.
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.
More on Buying Pool Table Slate
A quality slate is key to a level, enjoyable playing surface.
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...
The Two Things Top Shooters Don't Do
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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.
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 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.
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.
Technique In Aiming The Cue Ball - Aiming In...
One of my best techniques for aiming the cue ball is described including a helpful illustration.
360 PureCue Stroke Trainer - A Truly Great...
The 360 PureCue Stroke Trainer is a terrific invention, a simple idea that is brilliantly executed. I believe an APA-ranked 2 or 3 might quickly turn to a 6-level or higher using a PureCue to train their skills.
Pool Cues - Luther Lassiter Stick Weighs In
A Luther Lassiter Balabushka joins the ranks of fabulous pool cues hitting auctions this year.
Parallel Aiming In Pool
Now plot a parallel line running through the center of the cue ball to the nearest billiards table cushion. Page 3.
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.
Directions Not Included? - Making A Pool Table...
You'll need pool table directions and help even to transport your table, which might weigh 800 lbs. or more.
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.
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.
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.
Break Tips - Difference Between Table Sizes
Looking for break tips? Some of the best break tips are recorded in this unique article.
Slop
Pool Definition -- Slop. Pool / Billiards.
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.
Decorative Cue Stick Elements
Designs on a cue enhance its beauty and collectible value (even if they don't add a thing to its playability). Enjoy our guide to the variety of cue decorations available.
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.
3 Pro Techniques For Your Choice Of Bank Shot
What makes a bank shot so difficult? You are not aiming at a typical target but an imagined rail point.
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...
Through The Cue Through Trick Shot Ideas
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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.
Two Most Important Position Tools
The cue ball will roll along a tangent line, which is perpendicular to the line of centers if the spin and speed were such that the cue ball would have stopped if the shot line was along the blue aim line. Page 3.
Open Break
Pool Definition -- Open Break. Pool / Billiards.
How To Shoot Backhand English Successfully -...
Here's how backhand english can do wonders for your pool game if your alignment and eye placement is correct.
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.
The Killer And The Mosc Part V: Ralph Greenleaf...
Young player Arness will need his best to defeat Mosconi--here's why.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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