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Kick Shot Lesson for Newbies


Kick Shot Lesson for Newbies

I have been playing Billiards for about a year now and I'm (soon to be) Top Shooter on my APA team. There's my record.

Kick shots; Aim to make the ball every time. Hit english off the rail for control and accuracy. Hit with confidence. If you make a killer kick shot it will deplete your opponent, I don't care if you're a 2 and he/she is a 7. A good kick shot is like a flash stun punch in boxing. Even if you are left with a difficult 2nd shot it's a hard hit to the psychology of the other player, which may benefit you. So often players are just aiming dead center CB angles to "hit" the object ball and leave me a shot, I love it. Play safeties off a kick too. Not too hard.

Stop dead, feel the angle don't analyze the diamonds and angles, create your own path. Take your stance higher than normal. Look over the table, play it it thin if it benefits you, play it thick vise versa. Always use english/spin if possible. Same with banks, miss thick, not thin. You will see better leaves and more shots for you. I could explain this better but I don't really want to. =) Good gaming, may the pool gods be with you. BTW I'm an atheist, I have no pool gods, but to each their own. Good luck all. Hope this helps you get out of some safeties. Also, a lot of people don't think the kick is an important shot to learn, let me just say, good luck without a good kick.

Kick Shot Lesson for Newbies

Replies & Comments

  1. JustanotherevolutionaryJustanotherevolutionary on 3/22/2009 9:13:03 PM

    So I won my 9ball game today off of a kick shot. We play a point system. Hope that original post helps. Any questions are welcome. I will answer to the best of my ability. I don't mean to sound arrogant, but I really have a knack for kicks, I am now coaching on my league and hope to help anyone here with getting out of difficult safeties. Really, I know I'm not probably as good as many people here but my kick shots are killer. Again, it pains me to talk like this cuz I hate arrogant people, but I am really just trying to offer up a free, good tip on kicks. There is a thin line between confidence and arrogance. I'll say it again, good luck without a good kick. PM me if you want more detailed help. Thanks all. G'day. =)

  2. JustanotherevolutionaryThree Brothers Billiards on 4/1/2009 7:25:36 AM

    I would definitely recommend that people learn the basics of kicking with center ball by judging the angle before applying any english. I'm not saying that you aren't good at kicking, some people just have a knack for it, but I don't think it is wise to "always apply english" unless you are comfortable with the basics.

  3. JustanotherevolutionaryMitch Alsup on 4/1/2009 12:42:41 PM

    Some useful links:

    google books http://www.billiards.com/a122/Pool_Bank_Shots/article.htm http://www.onthebreaknews.com/Jewett4.htm#Dec05

  4. JustanotherevolutionaryJustanotherevolutionary on 4/1/2009 4:40:02 PM

    Well I tried the basics and they weren't working, but everyone is different. I suck at plain angles, but I'm good at creating them with english. As I love to say about pool..."Different strokes for different folks." I was pretty drunk when I posted this topic and a little arrogant too (was winning a lot), which I found both hurt my game, I wouldn't mind to see this topic erased lol =P I got my ass handed to me in 9ball last week (in my defense the player was vastly under-rated) and have decided to again humble myself and keep my opinions and style private unless they are asked of me. Sorry for my arrogance, that is not who I am, and was not in anyway recommending my style is the best, or even better than anyone elses.

  5. JustanotherevolutionaryFenwick on 4/1/2009 6:01:32 PM

    Little history first. I played in a bank only league back in the old days; 1970's. I learned to bank going backwards from the intended pocket. Mostly for 2, 3, or 4 rail shots. Now I play mostly straight pool; 2 games a day and finish the afternoon playing 1 pocket. My banking skills sucked. I think the trick to being a good bank player is practicing them.

    For what it's worth, I'm now and then after 2 months, out banking the players who got me into the game of 1 pocket. It's also helping me get out of trouble playing straight pool.

    Thanks for the links Mitch! @Justanotherevolutionary, all is forgiven.

  6. JustanotherevolutionaryMitch Alsup on 4/1/2009 11:32:24 PM

    With left english as negative numbers and right english as positive numbers. Just think of straight banks/kicks as banks/kicks with english set to zero.

  7. JustanotherevolutionaryJustanotherevolutionary on 4/2/2009 2:43:54 PM

    Good method Mitch. Tried it, couldn't do it, but I started thinking maybe my stroke is so flawed I can't help but hit english. lol, I'll remember what you said though, and refer to it when I haven't any other choice. Thanks.

  8. JustanotherevolutionaryMitch Alsup on 4/2/2009 2:48:08 PM

    The point is, that if you can make shots with a certain amount of english; you can adjust your point of aim so that a different amount of english can be used. Once you get the relationship, you will find your banks shots become a lot more playable and reliable.

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