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Beginner Billiard and Pool Tips

Beginner Billiard and Pool Tips

I have been playing pool now for about 5 years on and off, but definitely not on a regular basis. Sometime I go more than six months without ever picking up a cue.

As of late, I've had the drive to improve my game, so I have been playing quite a lot. I want to get instruction on the basics; So what can you tell me on the following:

  • holding the cue stick properly
  • playing mentally cool
  • correct standing position

Thanks in advance.

Beginner Billiard and Pool Tips

Replies & Comments

  1. thedocbilliardsforum on 8/27/2006 5:14:57 PM

    Your question is fairly broad, so your answer will be just so.

    holding the cue stick properly

    I use a loose grip known as a "Three finger grip" and keep my hand perpendicular to my elbow just as the cue's tip is about to strike the cue ball. You will want to run through some practice shots to ensure your cue stick's range of motion is proper, and that you are accurately aiming for your target. You might also see some players make a short pause after their final backstroke before actually shooting. This, along with a shorter rather than a longer bridge will help you in increasing the accuracy of your shots.

    playing mentally cool

    not much to mention here unless you can be more specific in what issues you are having in respect to this. You may want to check out the article entitled "Preparing Mentally for Billiards" for more on your mental game.

    correct standing position

    Your stance should be one of a position that is comfortable for you, and should generally be one that keeps you perfectly still. The only movement you want is that of your wrist and arm. Some players release from their shooting position too early, affecting their follow-through. Make it a personal rule not to move before the cue ball contacts the object ball. You see this with professionals. They are not holding their position because they are nervous, but they hold it simply out of habit. (good habbit)

    If you want more detailed help, please post a more specific question.

  2. thedocGinger on 12/13/2006 12:28:17 PM

    Check out these three billiard articles about pool cue grip...

    Gripping the Pool Cue Where to Grip the Pool Cue How to Grip the Pool Cue

  3. thedocbilly on 12/13/2006 12:30:11 PM

    Thanks Ginger, these are some good articles on pool cue grips. So much stuff I never thought of.

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Beginner Billiard and Pool Tips

  • Title: Beginner Billiard and Pool Tips
  • Author: (Martin Mckinnon)
  • Published: 8/27/2006 12:00:13 PM