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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.
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.
The Monk Waxes Eloquent On Changing Pool...
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How To Choose the Right Pool Cue
Your guide to narrowing down choices and selecting the best possible custom pool cue.
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
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)...
Which is Better, a Light or Heavy Pool Cue?
Use a billiard playing cue weight that is light or heavy? Do you know how to choose? We show you how.
Stance: The Big Secret!
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.
Pool Table Sizes And So-Called "Regulation...
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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've established aiming bank shots using the cross pocket line for the bank shot in pool, now we need to build the ball pocket line for the object ball.
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.
Top 10 Mistakes Made Using Pool English
Pool english question of the day as a reader takes their object balls for a spin.
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.
Minnesota Fats, aka "Rudolph Wanderone", "New...
Minnesota Fats was a legend of pool and remains so today. Here are all his fascinating details in one place.
How 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.
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 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.
10 Billiards Tips Your Opponents Don't Know
Ten pro pool tips your opponents don’t know, brought to you by About.com
Slop
Pool Definition -- Slop. Pool / Billiards.
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.
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.
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.
Table Score Counters - Valued Pool Accessories
Table score counters are an exciting accessory for any pool or billiards table. Check them out with our Guide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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 Win 8-Ball Pool Tournaments - The Rules...
Smart players shape on two, three or even more balls simultaneously, and as often as possible.
The Draw Cross Shot
The solution for crossing the table is more often draw than topspin, if you know how... Page 2.
Mini Tables
Far too small to offer a true test of skill, these are toys for young children mostly.
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 Do Top Pros Practice Pool?
How do top pros practice pool? Jump in for more of Donny and Matt's 8-Ball Debates...
Dirty Pool Is The Name Of The New Billiards...
The gorgeous set of balls for this new pool game is worth the price of admission alone.
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.
Buy A Pool Table - How To Buy A Pool Table Right
Buy your next pool table, new or used, the smart 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.
Bank Shot - Magic Spot Advice For A Multi-Rail...
Learn how to bank on a pool table. Page 3.
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.
Ball-In-Hand
Pool Definition -- Ball-In-Hand. Pool / Billiards.
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.
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.
The Best Pool Cues May Not Be Straight Cue Sticks
The best pool cues may not even be straight. Here's why.
Demolish Your 9-Ball Pool Break
An interesting pool break question today from a devoted website reader. A fellow writes to ask if...
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.
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.
Understand Cue Ball Angles - The Best Billiards...
Understand Cue Ball Angles, The Best Billiards Tips
Pool Cue Tips - How To Choose Between Pool Cue...
A shameless request for info on pool cue tips becomes a pool cue tips compendium.
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.
The Two Things Top Shooters Don't Do
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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.
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.
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.
How to Play Last Pocket Eight Ball
Take on 8-ball with a difference with this often money-saving game of Last Pocket Eights.
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.
The #1 Pool Trick To End English Errors
BHE works better than the other english methods being discussed today, as in much better.
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.
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.
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.
Sneaky Petes & House Cues
House Cues: Any two-piece cue stick whether a sneaky pete or no, that costs more than seventy dollars
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.
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.
Billiards Shot - Over A Dozen Tips To Improve...
Over a dozen billiards shot tips in an article geared to improve your pool skills.
Stick Length and Weight - Let's Get It Right...
Cue length and weight discussions must start with a discussion of skills. Page 2.
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!
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.
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 Hold The Pool Cue - A Closer Look
How to hold your pool cue? Let's take a closer look, shall we?
9-Ball Break - Two Moves For An Improved 9-Ball...
I teach you a 9-Ball break with amazing results.
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.
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.
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.
How To Improve Fast
How to improve your billiards skills fast? Work the following routines daily or as often as you can.
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.
Pool Cues - Luther Lassiter Stick Weighs In
A Luther Lassiter Balabushka joins the ranks of fabulous pool cues hitting auctions this year.
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.
Technique In Aiming The Cue Ball - Aiming In...
One of my best techniques for aiming the cue ball is described including a helpful illustration.
Box Method of Aim
The orange line bisecting this box from the center of the pocket opening through the middle of the 6-ball will indicate the contact point where the cue ball is to strike and it is extremely important in pool that...
The 45 Degree Stance
45 degrees is a great compromise for the pocket billiards stance. Page 7.
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.
How To Practice Pool Skills Effectively –...
How to practice pool skills effectively and get on a virtuous cycle of continuous improvement.
English
Pool Definition -- English. Pool / Billiards.
Open Break
Pool Definition -- Open Break. Pool / Billiards.
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!
Panic Vs. Paradise - Running A Table In 8-Ball
I explain how a good Eight Ball run should grow easier, not more difficult, as it goes forward
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.
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.
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.
Call Shot
Pool Definition -- Call Shot. Pool / Billiards.
Willie Mosconi, aka "The Mosc"
The All-Time Pool Legend lives on in the hearts of those who know Willie's Game.
Sneaky Pete
Pool Definition -- Sneaky Pete. Pool / Billiards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Two Most Important Position Tools
The two concepts of aligning the object ball with the pocket’s center at its opening and [ ] are the two most important principles in playing position in pool and billiards. Page 4.
Pool Balls - Weights And Pool Balls
Pool balls can vary, surprisingly even on the same table in a set.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 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.
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.
The Killer And The Mosc Part V: Ralph Greenleaf...
Young player Arness will need his best to defeat Mosconi--here's why.
Cue Ball Control - The Most Important Move
Cue ball control mastery becomes yours with this one simple move.
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.
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.
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.
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.
History Of Pool - Pool Ball Progression
John Wesley Hyatt saved elephants from pool extinction, by inventing modern plastic, as part of the legacy of the history of pool.
Break Tips - Difference Between Table Sizes
Looking for break tips? Some of the best break tips are recorded in this unique article.
Better Billiards Training - Split The Cue Ball...
Your billiards training towards excellence continues today. We'll talk soon about a straight aimed cue stick that is aimed at the wrong target.
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.
Typical Custom Cue Dimensions
What are the typical weights and sizes in a custom cue? Which choices are right for your game?
8-Ball Or 9-Ball, And Why?
8-Ball Or 9-Ball Billiards, And Why?
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.
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...
Not Your Usual Boring Drills
Here's an interesting drill to spice your pool practice. Take video of your play-you can. Page 2.
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.
Ralph Greenleaf, aka "The Aristocrat"
Name: Ralph Greenleaf, aka "The Aristocrat" Claim to Fame: Widely considered the greatest pool player
Cue Shaft Flexibility
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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.
14 Ways To Play A Safety Shot
Have You Considered These 14 Types Of Billiards Safety Shots?
We Review The CueTrack Stroke Trainer
The CueTrack stroke trainer as invented by Tony Mattina is a powerful billiards improvement device. We give it a full review in this article.
Where To Hold The Fingers, Billiards Player?...
Listen, billiards player! Here's where to hold the fingers (four hand designs/shapes).
Ferrules
The shock terminator of pool, the ferrule absorbs impact. Keep it clean and damage free and it will reward your pool game.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Dead Stroke - Your Best Technique For Billiards...
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