Billiards Playing Tips

November 13, 2021 by No Comments

PLAY STRATEGIC: THINK ABOUT REPLACING YOUR WHITE 

Let’s remember one thing: billiards is not luck, so leave no room for chance and create opportunities for yourself. But how ? By trying to anticipate your shots.

Have I lost you? No worries, I’ll explain … When we start billiards, our goal is to return the balls (and yes, we do not say balls) at all costs, and sometimes, that can cause us harm …

I give you a small example: I play this ball so well aligned in my pocket, no surprise I pocket it and then… CATASTROPHE !!!! Here I am stuck with no more playable ball on the horizon and on top of that, my cue ball is stuck in the corner of the table. I make a mistake and now my opponent regains control and the advantage!

So we say to stop immediately to this type of situation and we recover the ball (uh… the ball) in our camp. And for that, think about replacing your cue ball. And yes, in addition to anticipating your next moves, you must anticipate where your white will be placed in order to facilitate the pocketing of your next balls.

CAN’T PLAY? GO FOR DEFENSE

It’s your turn to play, but you can’t pocket a ball, so rather than fouling and giving your opponent the advantage try playing defense. 

That is to say? Create a situation where the cue ball will be in an awkward position for your opponent. He will therefore be stuck and you thus increase the possibility that he commits a fault. Pretty cool isn’t it? Keep in mind that to play a defensive shot, you still have to hit your own ball before;)

SOME EXAMPLES OF POSSIBLE DEFENSIVE SHOTS: 

– Place the cue ball very close to a ball of your opponent, he will no longer be able to play it or with great difficulty.

– Hide the cue ball behind one of your marbles.

– Stick the ball on a strip to force the opponent to bow when making his stroke.

– Leave the ball opposite the table so that it makes a long stroke. And yes, the farther the white is from the ball to be pocketed, the more precision it takes and the more difficult it is.

MORE CONTROL WITH CHALK

And yes it may sound silly but it really makes the difference! Chalk in billiards is a bit like chalk in Cross-training or Gymnastics, without, you can slip and fall …

Well, in billiards it’s the same, without chalk you are more likely to make false tails (the tail that slides uncontrollably). But with it, you will be able to better control your shots and even control your ball by achieving effects.

So do not hesitate to put some between each shot;)

BUT WHAT BETTER WAY TO WIN A GAME THAN TO MASTER THE TECHNIQUE? COME ON, IT’S OVER HERE.

HAVE A GOOD EASEL

First of all, in billiards, you have to be comfortable and it starts with the position of your hand. This is what we call in billiard jargon, the easel (be careful, nothing to do with the paint).

There are several variations depending on the discipline you practice (American billiards, snooker, French, blackball). Or suddenly you are going to achieve (retro, sunk, massaged, near, far, soft, or even strong).

BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT IS FIRST OF ALL THAT YOU ADOPT A WELL STABLE AND COMFORTABLE POSITION FOR YOURSELF.

MAXIMIZE YOUR SUCCESS BY HOLDING YOUR POOL CUE CORRECTLY

Holding your billiard cue correctly will only improve the efficiency of your game. A good grip allows you more precision, to avoid false cues, and to optimize the success of your shots.

To hold its tail properly, adjust your grip according to the stroke you are going to achieve. For a strong blow: grab the tail towards its end. For a light blow, bring your backhand closer to the balance point of the tail.

Be careful, too large an amplitude or a too fast speed can generate a blow too strong!

Then get a good grip! And that’s why ? Be relaxed to give freedom to your wrist. Too firm a grip will hamper your movement.

Then position your tail in the arc of your thumb and your index finger , only these two fingers will be necessary, the next 3 will come in support. Finally, keep your cue as horizontal as possible from the pool table.  Your forearm should be in an upright position.

STABILITY BY ADOPTING A GOOD POSTURE

In billiards, apart from the upper limb (arm and forearm), the whole body is motionless. The precision of your gesture will therefore depend on your balance. And that goes through the spacing of your feet: you have to be anchored and comfortable!

But how to do it ?

Place the foot under the hand holding the tail, then move the other foot forward slightly.

Lean forward to allow better aim. A what? We come there … it’s just below;)

GO WHERE I WANT WITH THE AIM

It will seem obvious to you, but aiming well is a must in billiards. And yes, imagine that without this, you will not be able to bring the ball to pocket where you want. But how to go about it then?

To aim well, we advise you to visualize the points you want to hit on the cue ball and the ball you want to hit , then stay focused on this line. By alternating your gaze on the ball n ° 1 and 2.

When filing (this back and forth movement before the shot) pay attention to your process (the tip of your billiard cue) to make sure that you will hit the desired point on your cue ball.

The head should be above your pool cue.

YOU JUST HAVE TO … SHOOT!

Once you have assimilated the above elements, all you have to do is shoot!

It is advisable to make a first movement of the pendulum and to mark a pause near the impact ball in order to clearly visualize the point of impact. Then, on the second or third movement, let go.

The preparation momentum must represent the shot that will be achieved , the amplitude and speed must be adapted to the shot that will follow.

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