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How To Break Hard In Pool - Snap The Break
Here are super tips on how to break hard in pool, and with style.
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.
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.
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.
How To Replace A Cue Stick's Tip Yourself
How To Replace A Cue Stick's Tip Yourself
Pool Table Sizes And So-Called "Regulation...
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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...
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.
Challenges of Playing on Different Pool Table...
Pool Table Sizes: Tables measuring 4' x 8' have a key disadvantage (okay, challenge)...
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 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.
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
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.
How To Play Pool Like The Pros
How to play pool like the pros, using my ultimate tips and techniques.
Pool Training - How Pros Really Aim In Billiards
Pool training you can take to the bank, hustler.
Two Moves For An Outstanding Pool Break Shot
Break Shot Moves For Beginners And Advanced Pool Shooters
How to Aim the Cue Ball and 'Ghost Ball' in Pool
How does the pool professional take aim at billiard balls, those sometimes difficult-to-discern spheres far away across the table? Review our step-by-step look at traditional and professional pool and billiards aim methods.
Pool 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?
How To Round Your Billiard Cue's Tip
It takes just a few minutes' time to care for your cuestick's tip, and the effort is well worth it.
Breaking an 8-Ball Rack With Power
Stop action unretouched photography shows the power of a skilled 8-ball open break.
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.
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.
Top 10 Mistakes Made Using Pool English
Pool english question of the day as a reader takes their object balls for a spin.
The Best Pool Aim Systems
The dramatic conclusion of my aim primer for pool and pocket billiards.
10 Billiards Tips Your Opponents Don't Know
Ten pro pool tips your opponents don’t know, brought to you by About.com
How Do Top Pros Practice Pool?
How do top pros practice pool? Jump in for more of Donny and Matt's 8-Ball Debates...
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.
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.
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 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.
Best Cue Shafts - Technique To Find Or Make...
Cue shaft technology has come far in recent years. A reader suggests a better billiards cue shaft and I reply in this article about what makes the better the best.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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?
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 Cue Tips - How To Choose Between Pool Cue...
A shameless request for info on pool cue tips becomes a pool cue tips compendium.
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.
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.
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.
The Secret Art Of Pool - A Full Review
Brett further correctly emphasizes the opening and close of the last three fingers of the stroke hand, a must if you want to learn this type of stroke and add it to your game. And if you learn Brett's stroke, and he certainly gives you enough details on his DVD to master it, your ultimate motion will have a pronounced elbow drop with no loop to it, with a firm grip and forearm tendons that power through the ball.
Step-by-Step: How To Aim Any Bank Shot Or Kick...
how to make a bank shot or any kick shot using simple calculations.
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.
English In Billiards - The Bane Of Many...
Pool Definition -- English: The use of english in billiards, what it is, what it does.
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.
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.
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.
The Two Things Top Shooters Don't Do
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Draw Shot Wrist And Twist
Draw Shot Wrist And Twist. Pool / Billiards.
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.
Buy A Pool Table - How To Buy A Pool Table Right
Buy your next pool table, new or used, the smart way.
How To Improve Your Mental Game In Pool - Going...
The last frontier for pool man to explore is the mental plane. So why is it that at pool's highest levels, the experts have often stopped thinking?
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?
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.
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 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.
8-Ball Or 9-Ball, And Why?
8-Ball Or 9-Ball Billiards, And Why?
How To Practice Pool Skills Effectively –...
How to practice pool skills effectively and get on a virtuous cycle of continuous improvement.
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.
Eight Ball And Nine Ball Strategy
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Understand Cue Ball Angles - The Best Billiards...
Understand Cue Ball Angles, The Best Billiards Tips
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.
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.
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.
14 Ways To Play A Safety Shot
Have You Considered These 14 Types Of Billiards Safety Shots?
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
The Super-Break, The Most Powerful Pool Break...
I think you should have a little fun and go for it regardless.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sneaky Petes & House Cues
House Cues: Any two-piece cue stick whether a sneaky pete or no, that costs more than seventy dollars
How To Bank Shots - 3 Pro Techniques
What makes a bank shot so difficult? You are not aiming at a typical target but an imagined rail point.
Billiards Shot - Over A Dozen Tips To Improve...
Over a dozen billiards shot tips in an article geared to improve your pool skills.
How To Improve Fast
How to improve your billiards skills fast? Work the following routines daily or as often as you can.
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.
Hot Pool Break Tips For Differences Between...
Looking for break tips? Some of the best break tips are recorded in this unique article.
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.
Cue Ball Control - The Most Important Move
Cue ball control mastery becomes yours with this one simple move.
Pool Definition -- Ball-In-Hand. Pool / Billiards.
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.
Technique In Aiming The Cue Ball - Aiming In...
One of my best techniques for aiming the cue ball is described including a helpful illustration.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Aim Primer 1: Introduction And Aim Techniques
Playing professsionals use a wide variety of aim methods; Fraction Aim, Edge to Edge Aim, Ghost Ball Aim, Contact Point Aim, Parallel Aim, Pivot Aim, and other aim systems. How to choose the correct methods are outlined within.
How To 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The 45 Degree Stance
With some exceptions, most players would do well with a stance angled at 45 degrees to the shot at hand.
The Force Follow Shot Made Simple
The force follow shot has thrilled many players. Beginners love this one at my pool clinics. And, it's so easy to shoot!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
How To Win At Pool - My "Calm And Win" Tactic
The “calm and win” I am diligently teaching my students now to win pool more often. The tautology has been proven, how to play your best.
Without This, You Can Never Become A Great Pool...
Because I use a trusting stroke even on shots I'll miss, I'm continually enhancing my confidence and fundamentals whether I make or miss a shot.
Pool Cues - Luther Lassiter Stick Weighs In
A Luther Lassiter Balabushka joins the ranks of fabulous pool cues hitting auctions this year.
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.
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.
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.
Demolish Your 9-Ball Pool Break
An interesting pool break question today from a devoted website reader. A fellow writes to ask if...
Great Pool Tricks - The Never Missed Bank Shot
One of a number of easy but show-stopping pool trick shots from About.com.
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.
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.
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?
How To Rack Pool Balls Tightly
How to rack pool balls better is the question answered today with a a few secrets in this feature.
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...
Pool Draw - Accomplished Far More Easily Than...
I've reduced pool draw to (one!) easy step anyone can follow for improved billiards play.
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.
Pool Practice Moves You Should (And Should Not)...
These billiards moves will make any player stronger, instantly!
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.
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...
Where To Hold The Fingers, Billiards Player?...
Listen, billiards player! Here's where to hold the fingers (four hand designs/shapes).
Willie Mosconi, aka "The Mosc"
The All-Time Pool Legend lives on in the hearts of those who know Willie's Game.
Open Break
Pool Definition -- Open Break. Pool / Billiards.
APA Pool League - Trouble In Paradise?
The APA's pool league represents a powerful and influential body of players, people having a great time in billiards. But is there more to the story?
Checking The "Felt" - Your Pool's Table Cloth
Searching for a good buy in table cloth or felt? A used pool table in decent condition might prove worth a try. You may even find one that...
Pool Balls - Weights And Pool Balls
Pool balls can vary, surprisingly even on the same table in a set.
How To Improve Your Pool Stroke - By Tiger Woods?
How to improve your pool stroke - why, use golf equipment, of course.
The Billiard Grip - "Secret In Plain Sight"...
The billiard grip is a classic balancing move that sets the pace for shooting pool. Did you realize my little known tip for finding your ideal hold on the cue stick?
3 Ball Breaks
Perfect Practice - 3 Ball Breaks
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.
Understanding How To Generate (Or Avoid) Pool...
Pool throw refers to the physical act of billiard balls clinging together long enough to ruin--or cinch--a shot. We'll show you how to use pool throw to do either in this article.

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