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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.
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...
How to make 8-Ball rules made simple--and fair.
Challenges of Playing on Different Pool Table...
Pool Table Sizes: Tables measuring 4' x 8' have a key disadvantage (okay, challenge)...
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Double Shatter Trick Shot
Equipment destroyed, lives lost, noise levels exceeded. Who invented The Double Shatter Trick Shot? It's crazy.
How To Play Pool Like The Pros
How to play pool like the pros, using my ultimate tips and techniques.
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?
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.
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...
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.
Billiards Instruction
You asked for it this billiards instruction! Ten of the obvious (to me, and soon to you) errors pool shooters make to lose games, throw off their rhythm, and ruin and otherwise good evening of pool.
A Classic Pool Stroke, Step by Step
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
The Right And Wrong Ways To Draw the Cue Ball
Watch and laugh as I uncork a common error on draw shots.
Understand Cue Ball Angles - The Best Billiards...
Understand Cue Ball Angles, The Best Billiards Tips
10 Tips for Brilliant Billiards Breaks
Pivot your shooting side foot as I recommend online to stand upright more than for a regular stroke. This frees and lengthens your arm motion and body to add power.
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 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 Triple Loosen Draw
Adding pool draw is easy if you follow my 3-step recipe.
Mini Tables
Far too small to offer a true test of skill, these are toys for young children mostly.
Buy A Pool Table - How To Buy A Pool Table Right
Buy your next pool table, new or used, the smart way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
English
Pool Definition -- English. Pool / Billiards.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Ghost Ball Usage - Sectional Pool Aim and The...
Here's a nifty trick for sending a billiards ball to meet another at the optimum contact point.
How Do Top Pros Practice Pool?
How do top pros practice pool? Jump in for more of Donny and Matt's 8-Ball Debates...
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.
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.
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.
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 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 Billiards Dethroned The President
How Billiards Dethroned The President
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.
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 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 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 billiards takes concentration, discipline and a knowledge of the rules. Page 2.
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.
Try It And Buy It - A Triangle-Shaped Pool Cue
Someone is going to make this cue illegal if a pro uses it for a tournament to crush every break.
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 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!
Sneaky Petes & House Cues
House Cues: Any two-piece cue stick whether a sneaky pete or no, that costs more than seventy dollars
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?
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.
How To Improve Fast
How to improve your billiards skills fast? Work the following routines daily or as often as you can.
Ball-In-Hand
Pool Definition -- Ball-In-Hand. Pool / Billiards.
How to Play Last Pocket Eight Ball
Take on 8-ball with a difference with this often money-saving game of Last Pocket Eights.
Demolish Your 9-Ball Pool Break
An interesting pool break question today from a devoted website reader. A fellow writes to ask if...
Weird but wonderful
Bill Kurrek has designed something rather unusual for pool players everywhere to consider--a triangular-shaped cue stick...
Arm and Hand Motion in the Classic Stroke
The wrist may make six distinct movements. Is one or more of them required in a pool stroke? Page 4.
Pool Draw - Accomplished Far More Easily Than...
I've reduced pool draw to (one!) easy step anyone can follow for improved billiards play.
Stick Length and Weight - Let's Get It Right...
Cue length and weight discussions must start with a discussion of skills. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
Cue Ball Control - The Most Important Move
Cue ball control mastery becomes yours with this one simple move.
9-Ball Break - Two Moves For An Improved 9-Ball...
I teach you a 9-Ball break with amazing results.
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.
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.
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.
The 45 Degree Stance
Just bending over does not a pool stance make. Page 2.
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...
Cue Shaft - Technique Suggested For A Better...
Cue shaft technology has come far in recent years. A reader suggests a better billiards cue shaft and I reply in this article.
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.
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.
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.
How To Practice Pool Skills Effectively –...
How to practice pool skills effectively and get on a virtuous cycle of continuous improvement.
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 Hold The Pool Cue - A Closer Look
How to hold your pool cue? Let's take a closer look, shall we?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Play In A Pool Tournament - Get Ready With The...
No pool luck is needed when you use this L.U.C.K.y system for practice. Check out this hot billiards drill. Page 2.
Turn a 9-Ball Rack To Powder!
Lean into the pool break, but not too much before pulling the trigger. Page 2.
Efren Reyes - A Stunning Straight Pool Bank Shot
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Where To Hold The Fingers, Billiards Player?...
Listen, billiards player! Here's where to hold the fingers (four hand designs/shapes).
Pool Cues - Luther Lassiter Stick Weighs In
A Luther Lassiter Balabushka joins the ranks of fabulous pool cues hitting auctions this year.
Break Tips - Difference Between Table Sizes
Looking for break tips? Some of the best break tips are recorded in this unique article.
The Two Things Top Shooters Don't Do
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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.
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.
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.
A Billiards Education In Movies
Jason Moss is on a quest to review every pool, snooker and billiards movie, short and TV episode and report on his findings.
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.
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?
Ferrules
The shock terminator of pool, the ferrule absorbs impact. Keep it clean and damage free and it will reward your pool game.
The Best Pool Cues May Not Be Straight Cue Sticks
The best pool cues may not even be straight. Here's why.
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.
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.
8 Ball Love And Lore - We Say Why We All Love 8...
Q. Why Do You Love 8 Ball? A. Your About.com Pool & Billiards Guide and his frequent collaborator, Donny Lutz, share why 8 Ball has meant so much to them through the years.
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.
Monster Tables - 5' x 10'
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How To Select An Eight Ball Run
Selecting the correct run in Eight Ball is much easier if you start with this golden rule of billiards.
Do This And Watch Your Percentages Of Shots...
Procedural memory is huge in pocket billiards since without it, you are reduced to a mental bowl of jelly, quivering with fear over the next shot.
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.
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?
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.
Not Your Usual Boring Drills
Here's an interesting drill to spice your pool practice. Take video of your play-you can. Page 2.
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.
Pool Balls - Weights And Pool Balls
Pool balls can vary, surprisingly even on the same table in a set.
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.
How To Seek the Right Billiards Instructor
Finding a billiards instructor who knows how to instruct billiards is less easy than most think.
8-Ball Break Shot
Improve your 8-Ball break shot. Do these tips apply to your game as to the reader whose questions I answer for a more powerful 8-Ball break?
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.
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.
How To Improve Your Pool Stroke - By Tiger Woods?
How to improve your pool stroke - why, use golf equipment, of course.
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.
Pool Hustling Legends - On The Road With Players
Read true stories about pool hustling legends at About.com.
Killer Pool - Rules And A Helpful Tool, Too
Shoot to kill with this new killer pool app for Android phones.
Are you "learned in billiards?"
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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.
Tips Of English - The Double Pro Kick System
The system count in this kick method is easy and you'll have it memorized in minutes. Page 2.
Aiming the Follow Stroke
The follow stroke in pool and billiards is often misunderstood. It's used too much and not on the right point of the cue ball.
More on Buying Pool Table Slate
A quality slate is key to a level, enjoyable playing surface.
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.
Cue Stick In Your Hair
Later we can talk about why your eyes move that much during pool practice--if they're moving as your head moves—how most players ruin their stance. Page 3.
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.
Pool Shot Technique - Aligning Straighter Than...
Head, eyes, chin, fingers—Is your stick pointed at the target accurately for positive pool shot technique? Are you sure?
Call Shot
Pool Definition -- Call Shot. Pool / Billiards.
Typical Custom Cue Dimensions
What are the typical weights and sizes in a custom cue? Which choices are right for your game?
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.
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.
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