Should i look at cue ball or object ball
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? The first aspect of vision is for concentration. When we are playing pool seriously, keeping your eyes on the table at all times is the path to better concentration.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: 08. Aim Part 1
SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: APA Dr. Cue Instruction - Dr. Cue Pool Lesson 7: Aiming (Cue Ball Travel Line)Content:
- Aiming Secrets of Pool Geometry
- Snooker Coaching – Striking the Ball
- Where Should I Be Looking During My Stroke?
- Mark Selby answers your questions
- Struggling To Be Confident In Your Snooker Aiming & Snooker Potting?
- How to Play Snooker
- Mark Selby answers your questions
- What Do We Look At? – A Pool Odyssey with Mark Finkelstein
Aiming Secrets of Pool Geometry
In the last two weeks we have looked at both your stance and how to bridge correctly to provide the stability needed for more accurate shots. Now we can expand upon that and look at the procedure for striking the ball. There are two parts to this, first you need to sight the ball correctly to ensure you form your stance in the right place, then you need to deliver the cue in a smooth and straight line to give yourself the best possible chance of playing the intended shot.
To line up a ball you need to place your leading leg in line with the cue ball and the object ball. Once in this position it is important to sight the shot and assess the angles required to make it a reality before you get down on the table to play it. If you are not happy with your angles then begin this process again — never attempt to adjust the angle once already down and in position. Once you get down to the play the shot you should flick your eyes between the cue ball and object ball to re-assess the angles you have chosen prior to striking the white.
You should then ensure you are looking at the object ball at the moment you strike the cue ball. This can be practiced by placing the white and blue in line with the centre pockets and then by potting the blue. Each time you pot the blue your cue action should be over the very centre of one of the middle pockets. If it is not then you are not cueing straight.
To achieve the pot in this case, the white needs to hit exactly half of the blue ball. Different shot speeds are achieved from varying the distance the cue is brought back immediately before the white is struck. For soft shots the cue hand only needs to be brought back a small distance prior to striking the white. Harder shots that require the white to travel or settle further mean the cue hand needs to be brought back a greater distance.
To practice this, place a red just above the black and at a lower angle to the white. Practice potting the red from the same position twice, first playing for the black as the next colour and then for the blue. The shots are the same but will require different speeds for the white to settle on the designated colour.
As the speed of the shot increases so does the likelihood of missing the shot, therefore slower shots give the ball a greater accuracy and more chance of the ball going into the pocket, however if the shot is missed it is probably going to remain close enough to the pocket for the opponent to pot. This relates to the fact that a good cue action would be one that accelerates through the action and is still accelerating as the cue pushes through the cue ball.
This results in the cue remaining in contact with the cue ball for a split second longer which leads to greater accuracy and more reaction when playing with spin. Snooker Guide is an online video snooker coaching program developed in conjunction with professional snooker player Daniel Wells.
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For more information please visit: www. Please Note: A video for this tutorial is available to Snooker Guide members Main Learning Points: Ensure your leading leg is in line with the shot Deliver the cue in a straight line Bring cue back further to increase shot speed Try and time the shot to accelerate through the cue ball About Snooker Guide: Snooker Guide is an online video snooker coaching program developed in conjunction with professional snooker player Daniel Wells.
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This is a great topic for discussion! Of course, this is supposed to be an instructional article, not a thread on a forum. Well, I was just reading a thread of comments on the Main Forum on azbilliards. It started out with someone posting his results and conclusions after doing some experimenting with looking at the cue ball last, just before he shoots the cue ball.
Snooker Coaching – Striking the Ball
Almira asked: Hey! I'm from Turkey! I was wondering how can I make snooker more popular and noticeable in Turkey? We don't have any events or competitions here, but, even so, I'm really trying to make it popular. MS: It's difficult to organise a tournament anywhere, let alone in a country where most of the people have never heard of snooker. One thing that could be done which might give the sport a boost is to try and find one or two professionals who would be willing to come over for an exhibition match. That can help generate interest and then maybe after a couple of exhibitions you can have an invitational event, and then the ultimate aim is to have a ranking tournament. Bjornborg asked: Yesterday I was playing snooker and my opponent said ''there is one thing that you do badly - you do not hit the white straight". He added that I have to watch the white when I am on the shot and not the red or colour, is he right? What do you look at when you are on the last swing before taking a shot?
Where Should I Be Looking During My Stroke?
In the last two weeks we have looked at both your stance and how to bridge correctly to provide the stability needed for more accurate shots. Now we can expand upon that and look at the procedure for striking the ball. There are two parts to this, first you need to sight the ball correctly to ensure you form your stance in the right place, then you need to deliver the cue in a smooth and straight line to give yourself the best possible chance of playing the intended shot. To line up a ball you need to place your leading leg in line with the cue ball and the object ball. Once in this position it is important to sight the shot and assess the angles required to make it a reality before you get down on the table to play it.
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.
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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.
Struggling To Be Confident In Your Snooker Aiming & Snooker Potting?
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. You can then stay on the table and continue with your break. Fail to pot from the break and you allow your opponent in. Two things to consider — power and technique. Make sure all balls are touching and static and, cue ball behind the baulk line and just off centre, smash into the ball at the tip of the triangle, nearest to you. Aim for just above the centre point of the cue ball, make sure you chalk the tip a fair amount and really give the shot some welly.
The video above was something I started doing in the 90's. I posted this video five years ago that demonstrates perfectly how cueing is separate from potting.. The issue I see with a very high percentage of players who are struggling to get into regular 40 breaks, is that they are simply WAY too focused on 'potting the ball'. That is the purpose of snooker, right?!
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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.
Mark Selby answers your questions
What Do We Look At? – A Pool Odyssey with Mark Finkelstein