Put your billiards cues to good use with these tips to improve your game. Here are a few things to keep in mind to improve your stroke and aim:
1. First you want to develop a consistent stroke.Line up a ball, preferably a striped one with one of your favorite billiards cues. Practice stroking the cue right into the center of the ball towards the corner pocket. Aim for 12 o’clock in the upper middle of the ball.
Practice knocking down this shot with no cue ball. This will help you learn how to aim a straight shot into the corner pocket. You want to see the white on either sides of the stripe stay equal all the way into the pocket. Repeat until you have the feel and grip of the cue entrenched in muscle memory.
2. Set the cue ball next to an OB in the center of the table. So the OB is lined up for an easy shot into the side pocket. After you knock that shot down, place the CB around the OB in different areas, setting the OB up for shots to the corner pockets. Changing the angle of the CB in relation to the OB will force you to take aim at different targets and develop your instinct for how to “cut” the OB.
3. Try to “cut” the OB at different angles. Try to slice the OB into the side pocket or corner pocket, increase the angle between the CB, OB, and target pocket to make the shots more difficult. Practice until you can sink shots from almost any angle from any position on the table.
About the Author
Akaash Prasad is the Manager of QStix, a leading online pool accessories and billiard supplies retailer. QStix offers a large selection of billiard equipment including pool cues, pool cue cases, custom pool cues and many other supplies. QStix has all the billiards equipment you need in one place to make the buying process as easy as possible.
May 31, 2013 Friday at 11:01 am