Does anyone have some tutorials (books, videos, billiard drills...) about aiming?
I'm a newbie I want to learn the most basic stuff about aiming and go from there.
- jana on 9/25/2006 11:56:27 PM
Welcome to the Billiards Forum.
Are you looking for advice directly, or do you want someone to recommend a book that you can buy?
Let us know, as I'm sure there will be lots of recommendations!
- billiardsforum on 9/26/2006 12:43:38 AM
If it is books that you are looking for, and are looking for a book on billiards specifically for beginners, you can have a look at these two:
Byrne's Standard Book of Pool and Billiards
Capelle's Play Your Best Pool
They are acutally used as recommended text reading for actual college courses on beginner billiards.
( New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology )
- hero307 on 9/26/2006 3:22:46 AM
I've visited the two links but I don't have any credit cards (it might need some kind of these) anh don't know how to buy something with Amazon.com 'cause I'm in Viet Nam (credit cards are something that not be popular in here :-D). Could there be some other ways I can get help (where to buy the books in Viet Nam or maybe advances directly, ebooks, or maybe some pictures...) ?
Thanks in advance!
(My English is not good, is there something hard to understand? :-P )
- billiardsforum on 9/26/2006 10:06:33 AM
So it looks like you'll be needing to use online resources to learn, which is not a bad thing.
Check back here in 24 hours, and I'll post some beginner articles for you that should help you with your shot making.
Then as you advance, I will post more articles.
SO, check back tomorrow morning, and i'll have an article or two posted for you. In the meanwhile, you'll probably find a bunch of articles if you do a google search.
- jana on 9/30/2006 3:42:14 AM
Beginner shot making articles have been posted:
- hero307 on 10/2/2006 12:46:20 AM
Thanks for the links to the basic lessons. I've visited the 3 billiard tutorials and I have some questions.
About the 1st link: I've not been known about finding dominant eye before, it's really useful for me :-D But with some text like this I can't imagine clearly what must I do to find my dominant eye. Can I have some pictures about this?
About the 2nd link: It's really cool. I'm practicing this lesson :-)
About the 3rd link: I've known this technique before through some practice lessons but in fact it seems to be very hard to find an exactly contact point for a shot with this technique. Is there some other techniques that are more effectively? I've heard something about a aiming technique named "Holy Light System", is there someone know about this technique or have some tutorials about that and share for me?
- billiardsforum on 10/2/2006 12:46:22 PM
Thanks for the feedback, and I'll consider adding images for finding your dominant eye.
In the meanwhile, I've researched the Holy Light System and did a short article on it. To say that this technique is flawed is an understatement. There are far better techniques out there that should be considered before this one.
Another more concrete aiming system can be found here:
Hal Houle Point and Pivot System
It uses a mathmatical approach, but is far more difficult to understand. If you have any more specific question, please start a new thread, and we'll do our best to answer.
Check back soon for more.
- hero307 on 10/4/2006 2:30:24 AM
Thanks @billiardsfourm very much!
About Hal Houle Point and Pivot System I have many things unclearly to understand so I'll make a new thread about it.
- kyle on 12/14/2006 8:36:17 PM
There are three general methods for aiming:
- ghost ball is picturing the cue ball stuck inline with the object ball and pocket.
- Contact points deciding where you need to hit the object ball and which spot on the cue ball will hit it.
- Double the Distance, you find your contact point (on object ball) draw a line through the center of the object ball to the center of the cue ball. Measure (on the object ball) the distance from the centers line to the contact point and double it, then aim the center of the cue ball at this point.
Hope this isn't confusing.
- billiardsforum on 12/16/2006 10:54:15 AM
Ghost ball worked wonders for me. I think some people have trouble with it though because they don't properly envision the real width of the ball at its widest point and either over, or under judge where to hit it.
I think there are some training balls out there with the widest points colored so that they can be properly sighted.
- hero307 on 12/17/2006 10:48:40 PM
It's been 2 months since then. I've already practiced the "Hal Houle Point and Pivot System" many times but... it's not effective for me 'cause I found difficulty understanding clearly how it works. Now I'm using essentially "Double the Distance" method however it's not really effective. Does someone have some more clearly declared books abbout "Hal Houle Point and Pivot System" or some other methods in aiming?
- jana on 1/7/2007 6:29:19 PM
You might also want to have a look at this post that has a billiard aiming picture that helps show the pivot principle a little more clearly.
- kyle on 1/18/2007 12:38:13 PM
Was my previous post in this thread altered? If so I find it kind of insulting, the only time(IMO)a post should be touched by a moderator is if the content is offensive.
- billiardsforum on 1/18/2007 6:46:14 PM
Our policy is to leave posts in the billiard forum 'as-is', unless they contain spam, or offensive material. I've sent you a private message to address the issue.