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Billiards Tips: Master the Creative Shot

Regardless of how long you have been playing the sport, there is always room for improvement when it comes to bringing your A-Game to the pool table. While it is true that your ability to master the game depends on the quality of your pool cues, it is also essential that you take the time to truly practice and master both basic and creative shots. You don’t have to be a mathematician to perfect the art of creating angles for the perfect shot.

The Break Shot
You can never practice your break shot enough, as this important play should accomplish three key things: scatter the billiard balls, sink at least one ball, and keep the cue ball at the table’s center. A little creative thinking and practice will ensure that you accomplish all three and get the upper hand.

Using different pool cues (specifically, a break cue) is smart here, as a break cue sick is lighter, allowing for more speed and control. You must also ensure that the rack is tightened, and move your bridge distance further back from the cue ball; this helps boost acceleration. You may also consider breaking from the rail due to the fact that the angle of approach will be more conducive to pocketing balls.

Rail Shots
For those with a fear of rail shots, it is imperative that you master the skill through practice. Try lining up all balls so that they are positioned frozen along the rail, bordering the entire table. Now try to sink all of the balls in corner pockets without using combinations. This will boost your confidence and teach you what to expect when you approach the ball from different angles.

Practice Drills
One simple way to sharpen your skills while gaining a better understanding of the mechanics of where your billiard balls will go when hit from certain angles and speeds is to drill yourself on shot making. Line up five balls on one side of the pool table with the cue ball at a forty-five degree angle to the innermost ball (this creates a perfect shot to the opposite corner pocket). Shoot the five balls in order. Each time you miss, place the ball back where it was and make note of your speed, angle of approach, and where the ball went.

Now break open those pool cue cases and start practicing so you can get to master your shots!

Akaash Prasad