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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.
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 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 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.
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.
Challenges of Playing on Different Pool Table...
Pool Table Sizes: Tables measuring 4' x 8' have a key disadvantage (okay, challenge)...
How To Replace A Cue Stick's Tip Yourself
How To Replace A Cue Stick's Tip Yourself
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.
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.
A Word on "Regulation" Tables
Beware rip-offs! Table ads that guarantee “regulation size” mean nothing in particular...
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
10 Billiards Tips Your Opponents Don't Know
Ten pro pool tips your opponents don’t know, brought to you by About.com
Mini Tables
Far too small to offer a true test of skill, these are toys for young children mostly.
Bank Shot - Magic Spot Advice For A Multi-Rail...
How to shoot billard bank shots using the magic spot method. Page 2.
Top 10 Mistakes Made Using Pool English
Pool english question of the day as a reader takes their object balls for a spin.
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.
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.
The Double Shatter Trick Shot
Equipment destroyed, lives lost, noise levels exceeded. Who invented The Double Shatter Trick Shot? It's crazy.
Buy A Pool Table - How To Buy A Pool Table Right
Buy your next pool table, new or used, the smart way.
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.
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.
The Right And Wrong Ways To Draw the Cue Ball
Watch and laugh as I uncork a common error on draw shots.
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.
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.
10 Tips for Brilliant Billiards Breaks
See what feedback you can absorb from this pool and snooker practice, but loosen a bit if the room owner insists you are abusing a corner pocket!
PBIA Instructor Creates A Pool Game That Hones...
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Pool Games - 7-Ball Rules & Strategy
7-ball billiards takes concentration, discipline and a knowledge of the rules. Page 2.
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.
Understand Cue Ball Angles - The Best Billiards...
Understand Cue Ball Angles, The Best Billiards Tips
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
How to Play Last Pocket Eight Ball
Take on 8-ball with a difference with this often money-saving game of Last Pocket Eights.
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!
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.
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 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 Triple Loosen Draw
Adding pool draw is easy if you follow my 3-step recipe.
Ball-In-Hand
Pool Definition -- Ball-In-Hand. Pool / Billiards.
How To Run A Rack - 8-Ball - Step-By-Step - The...
To pocket that 8-ball this turn, you'll need a correct sequence. Do you know how and what is the next shot? Page 2.
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 Cues May Not Be Straight Cue Sticks
The best pool cues may not even be straight. Here's why.
How To Aim Cut Shots - Pool And Billiards
What are the limitations of the fraction aim system and how can they be overcome? A Fraction System Refinement
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.
English
Pool Definition -- English. Pool / Billiards.
How Do Top Pros Practice Pool?
How do top pros practice pool? Jump in for more of Donny and Matt's 8-Ball Debates...
Stick Length and Weight - Let's Get It Right...
Cue length and weight discussions must start with a discussion of skills. 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.
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.
Arm and Hand Motion in the Classic Stroke
You are looking at a greatly exaggerated backswing motion. Page 2.
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.
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 Practice Pool Skills Effectively –...
How to practice pool skills effectively and get on a virtuous cycle of continuous improvement.
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...
Pool Cues - Luther Lassiter Stick Weighs In
A Luther Lassiter Balabushka joins the ranks of fabulous pool cues hitting auctions this year.
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?
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.
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.
Pool Cue Tips - How To Choose Between Pool Cue...
A shameless request for info on pool cue tips becomes a pool cue tips compendium.
Cue Ball Control - The Most Important Move
Cue ball control mastery becomes yours with this one simple move.
How To Improve Fast
How to improve your billiards skills fast? Work the following routines daily or as often as you can.
Turn a 9-Ball Rack To Powder!
Lean into the pool break, but not too much before pulling the trigger. Page 2.
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.
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 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 The Pool Cue - A Closer Look
How to hold your pool cue? Let's take a closer look, shall we?
Ghost Ball Usage - Sectional Pool Aim and The...
Boo! The pool ghost promises us a better path of aim.
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.
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.
9-Ball Break - Two Moves For An Improved 9-Ball...
I teach you a 9-Ball break with amazing results.
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.
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.
Billiards Shot - Over A Dozen Tips To Improve...
Over a dozen billiards shot tips in an article geared to improve your pool skills.
Where To Hold The Fingers, Billiards Player?...
Listen, billiards player! Here's where to hold the fingers (four hand designs/shapes).
The Classic Pool Grip
Here is a great look at my pool grip as I begin to line up for the shot at hand. Page 3.
Demolish Your 9-Ball Pool Break
An interesting pool break question today from a devoted website reader. A fellow writes to ask if...
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.
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.
Pool Draw - Accomplished Far More Easily Than...
I've reduced pool draw to (one!) easy step anyone can follow for improved billiards play.
More on Buying Pool Table Slate
A quality slate is key to a level, enjoyable playing surface.
The 45 Degree Stance
Bent over funny is no way to shoot pool! Check out our instructional photos. Page 3.
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.
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.
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.
Sneaky Petes & House Cues
House Cues: Any two-piece cue stick whether a sneaky pete or no, that costs more than seventy dollars
Pool Balls - Weights And Pool Balls
Pool balls can vary, surprisingly even on the same table in a set.
Try This Groovy New Eight-Ball Game Variation
A new pool game combining much of the fun of 8- and 9-ball plus a chance for great practice and learning, too--Gopher Eight Ball.
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?
Slop
Pool Definition -- Slop. Pool / Billiards.
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.
Hustlers Tricks - Know Them, Avoid Them
There are sharks in all the waters of the pool rooms in this world, it seems. Heck, my wife tries to shark me when we play, since she gets bored of sitting and watching me run tables.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How To Plan An Eight Ball Run Correctly
Those who fail to plan certainly plan to fail in eight ball. I'll show you how to concoct a pro-like runout instead.
Monster Tables - 5' x 10'
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Efren Reyes - A Stunning Straight Pool Bank Shot
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Learn To Perfect Your Pool Stroke With Stop Shots
Allison Fisher and other top pros hit outstanding stop shots every time. Why? Let's explore together, pool student...
8-Ball Or 9-Ball, And Why?
8-Ball Or 9-Ball Billiards, And Why?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Open Break
Pool Definition -- Open Break. Pool / Billiards.
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.
Fun Billiards Games - And Tips And Strategy Also
Some general tips on the most popular pool games and some interesting variations, too...
How Billiards Dethroned The President
How Billiards Dethroned The President
How To Avoid the Wrong Tips
The glossiest looking pool cue is worthless without a quality tip on its end. Here are the things to avoid in a cuestick tip.
Typical Custom Cue Dimensions
What are the typical weights and sizes in a custom cue? Which choices are right for your game?
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.
Banking like the pros
Striking this bank shot with a bit of inside (right hand) english will tighten the angle from yellow toward red. Hitting the ball a bit faster will also tighten the bank. Page 3.
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...
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.
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.
Perfect Practice - 1 Ball Feel
1 Ball Feel -- Feedback, Shoot the 1-ball into the pocket at various speeds, setting up and shooting again many times. Ask yourself these important pool questions and gain knowledge:. Page 2.
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.
Box Method of Aim
The box aim method helps draw the contact point on the object ball. Is it enough? 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.
Ferrules
The shock terminator of pool, the ferrule absorbs impact. Keep it clean and damage free and it will reward your pool game.
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...
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...
How To Improve Your Pool Stroke - By Tiger Woods?
How to improve your pool stroke - why, use golf equipment, of course.
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.
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...
Improve Play To The Corner Pocket With This Shot
Four factors make a given pool shot an added challenge, particularly to a corner pocket. This shot solves three of the problems.
Break Tips - Difference Between Table Sizes
Looking for break tips? Some of the best break tips are recorded in this unique article.
8-Ball Rules - Which? When? Why?
Donny and Matt's 8-Ball rules debates continue at About.com. Which side will you choose?
Win Pool - The Calm And Win Pool Technique
The “calm and win” is the method I am diligently teaching my students now to win pool more often. The tautology has been proven, if you are what I term actively relaxed over the shot, you will surely play your best.
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.
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 Shoot Pool - Iron Defense Made Easy For...
Most pool players would win more by slowing down and considering defensive options. The pros do! Page 2.
Reverse Slip Stroke
Here is where the reverse slip becomes astonishingly different than a classic pool stroke. Page 3.
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...
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