A Few Small Hints to Help Improve Your Pool GameBilliards & Pool
To become a good pool shot one needs lots and lots of practice. I have been playing pool since I was 9 years old and I am always learning something new about the game. Throughout the years my game is always evolving. I used to play a lot more than I do now, playing on both men’s and women’s leagues for many years. The best way I have found to learn is to find an experienced player who shoots better than you do and play them as often as you can. I have had several guys that I have played against off and on for years and I can hold my own against them. They don’t take it for granted that I am a girl.
A good strong break is the first thing a player should work on. Having a nice spread on the balls when you break is your first line of offence. I know players that have played for years and have cheated the game by taking a light break against opponents that they know can beat them. So they cheat by shooting light so the balls are packed together here and there. It makes the game harder for a shooter that doesn’t have as much patience and it makes the game twice as much work.
As in any game you should have certain exercises to help keep your stroke in shape. I like to play by myself and I test myself by banking every shot. Bank shots are some of the toughest to master. One thing that I have found is many times it is better not to leave yourself straight on in a shot. I know this may sound strange, but if you leave yourself at just a little bit of an angle it makes it easier to get shape on your next shot. Many times I will run a rack just shooting slices, which is to shoot every ball that isn’t a dead on shot. I also run racks playing carom shots only. Carom shots are where you kiss one ball off of another ball to knock it in.
A good pool stick is a definite worthwhile investment. You can ask 10 players what kind of stick they use and they may say McDermott, or Meucci. What it comes down to isn’t so much the brand as it is to the feel. I have a perfectly good Player that I like. When I bought it I sanded the shaft, had an ounce weight added into the bottom and took it to my cue guy and had him change the tip to a French leather tip. They are softer and have a little more give when shooting the ball.
I could go on all day about more things you can do to improve your game. These are just a few small pointer that I hope may be of some use to you. On a final note, play as many different varieties of pool that you can. 9 ball is a good way to learn ball-in-hand rules, 3 ball is a good gambling game that will also help sharpen your game. Shoot on different size tables with different size cue balls. The larger cue balls are slower and react different to English, but the smaller ones are faster and don’t have to be hit as hard to get as much action. I hope these small pointers help you out. Good luck!