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These pool tips are for you. Most people go down for the shot and then start aiming. The problem: Their bodies are aligned differently every time. And then simply try to put your cue on that line behind the cue ball and put your body next to it. A lot of casual players smack the balls like crazy. Besides the fact that many bad things can result from that cue ball drops into a pocket or flies off the table , precision is suffering.

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Login or Sign Up. Posts Latest Activity. Page of 2. Filtered by:. Previous 1 2 template Next. Tags: None. Tommy, while I hope senior players and coaches here would comment on that but what I can say is that its not how your friend has told you.

You must always look at the potting angle on the object ball while sricking the cueball. If you get down on the shot in the address piosition directly on the line of aim then you should not worry about anything else.

Looking at object ball upon strike is also good for improving potting concentration. The reason for not hitting the cue ball where intended is not cuz of not looking at it but due to not delivering the cue straight If you are delivering the cue straight then you will hit the cueball where intended without looking at it So always look at the object ball while striking and not the cue ball however you must look at thecueball several times while feathering just to ensure you will be hitting where intended Comment Post Cancel.

Afaik, as long as you've sighted correctly and set up correctly, you just have to cue stright, doesn't really matter which end of the imaginary aiming line you're fixating on at the moment of striking.

Terry Davidson. Some players will shift to the OB at the start of the delivery but 'flick' their eyes back to the CB just before time of strike and then quickly back to the OB at time of strike this one is very difficult to control. Some players, like myself, need a long time to focus on the object ball so they switch their eyes to the OB during the front pause and leave them there through the backswing and delivery.

Some really good players will focus on the spot on the CB during the backswing and then either just before or just after the rear pause will move their eyes to the OB. However, at the time of striking the cueball ALL these different eye rhythms have the eyes locked on the OB as it's really a question of hand-eye coordination and the hand will follow the eyes.

Also remember to mentally imagine you are trying to hit the object ball with the tip of the cue where possible Terry. Terry Now that we have that sorted, that you should always look at the object ball last, a question i have is where do you look on the object ball, when you cue up, do you look at the spot on the cue ball you want to hit with the tip on the cue, and is that same spot on the object ball too, or can you look at any point on the object ball?.

My routine is usually as follows: Stand behind the balls to line up the shot. Get down on the shot with the cue tip at the white still looking at object ball. Switch view to white ball and start feathering. Feather the ball a couple of times, front pause, then when drawing back the cue i switch my focus to the object ball and deliver the cue.

Last edited by narl ; 22nd February , PM. Originally posted by lennon11 View Post. Plus, you never pull the cue BACK during the delivery Screw is achieved by hitting the bottom of the cueball and driving the cue through the cueball accelerating through the cueball. Some players say the aim for an specific spot on the object ball although I have difficulty imagining a specific spot on a smooth and shiny object whereas some players imagine the object ball covered with an imaginary cueball and then aim for the centre of the imaginary cueball which is the method I use.

The choice is yours Or imagine a pipe doing the same thing. John Higgins looks at the cue ball on strike. Which is interesting I think. I personally find that looking at the cue ball for a long shot from the cushion, perhaps a safety shot where the thickness of object ball strike is so important, can really help.

Coming at it from a golf perspective, all golfers play 'blind' in effect, looking at and striking the golf ball their cue ball for comparison with the ultimate target in the back of their mind's eye as they obviously can't look at two things at once. Snooker is complex because there are two balls involved, but at my very early stage in learning, I am yet to be convinced that looking at the cue ball on strike is wrong.

Indeed I can see a lot of sense in it, if nothing else from a feedback point of view with regards to one's cueing. It's a debate that will run and run. Originally posted by Terry Davidson View Post. Originally posted by sixofclubs View Post. All Rights Reserved. Website Design Swindon.

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Or perhaps you just fancy beating one of your cocky mates a little more than you currently do. The goal? To spread the balls out across the table and, preferably, pot one of them.

This is a great topic for discussion! Of course, this is supposed to be an instructional article, not a thread on a forum.

I was a high jumper in high school and college. Not a good one. Before I started competing I scissored about 5 feet. Com'on I was a kid for crying out loud. When I joined the high school track team in the coach made me learn the "western roll", and in college I was taught the "belly roll".

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Login or Sign Up. Posts Latest Activity. Page of 2. Filtered by:. Previous 1 2 template Next. Tags: None. Tommy, while I hope senior players and coaches here would comment on that but what I can say is that its not how your friend has told you.

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Each ball pocketed on a legal called shot counts one point and the first player to reach the required score wins the match. Players lag to determine who will shoot first. For an opening break shot, the fifteen balls are racked in a triangle with the apex ball on the foot spot. When the balls are re-racked, the apex ball is omitted if only fourteen balls are being racked.

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You're welcome to join our Facebook group: Snooker. All you have to do now is pot balls! Knowing how to pot a ball is something you either have or you do not have. Of course practice can help but you really need an eye for it.


One of the things that is not mentioned too much when talking about the fundamentals of playing good pool is where to look. We have the cue ball, the pocket, the object ball and the location we want the cue ball to end up at to focus on. How do we organize our vision to make the most of what we are seeing?

If you are just beginning to use side spin english or are trying to teach a beginner to use it, you have almost certainly noticed that the required aiming is different. Usually the problem is that you need to compensate for squirt sometimes called deflection. The cue ball does not start out moving parallel to the cue stick when you use side spin, but instead moves off that line along some angle that can be as large as four degrees, and the stick needs to be turned the same number of degrees in the other direction to get the aim right. Most players learn to compensate for squirt subconsciously; they just aim over some so the cue ball lands where it needs to. Often these players are completely unaware that they are compensating, and might even think their stick is parallel to the line the cue ball takes. The human mind has an amazing ability to ignore the little details and get on with the business at hand which is putting the ball in the pocket.

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George Moyle is seventy years old and still playing tournaments locally. I have also played in a nine-ball tournament in Lincoln City, Oregon, where there were two hundred players in my bracket. I was one match from the finals when I was beaten. I still made some money and had a good time. I have yet to be back to Lincoln City because of health problems, but those problems are all behind me now. Since then, I have played local tournaments.

This month, we will look at shots where there is a small gap between the cue ball (CB) when the cue ball contacts that object ball, the shot is a foul. If the cue.

Where and what are you focused on? Most players who have been playing for a while might not even be consciously aware of where they actually look during the aiming process. However, since I have been actively working on improving my potting consistency for snooker over the last few months, I actually happened to have written notes that I used to track, fine-tune and improve my technique. I am now going to break it down into more detail than most people will ever care about. I realize it takes a little bit of obsessive behavior to micromanage or study this level of detail, and I do admit that I can be obsessive at times.

Have you been trying to improve your billiards game? The ghost ball method for pool requires you to imagine the cue ball's position at impact along the line of centers--the cue ball pinned on the optimum line through the object ball that drives the target ball to the pocket. Most pool pros do not consciously use this method of aim! Many, not all, pool pros instead aim directly for the contact point on the object ball--despite the geometric fact that dictates that the ghost ball method is the correct line of aim and that contact point aim will bring a miss.

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