What are some good practice drills and exercises that you have used to improve your billiard game?
- Fenwick on 12/21/2007 10:30:11 AM
There are so many. I can list a few I use and add you can do a search and find one that suites you. I sometimes start playing 3 ball. I roll the 7,8, and 9 ball on the table then with ball in hand run them out. If I can do that 10 times in a row I will add the 6 ball. Note the balls are so-called money balls. When I miss any shot twice that's the shot I practice until I can make it 10 time in a row. Then I'll shoot that same shot playing natural, right, left, high and low English and mark where the Cue ball comes to rest placing the caulk or a small piece of paper on the table. I then switch to the shots I know I have trouble with including break shots for 9 ball and Straight Pool. I practice for 4 hours at a time 3 days a week but shoot a total of 7 hour a day 5-7 days a week now. Don't practice bad shoots meaning if you can't make more then a few shots after a hour it might be a day you should go do something else. Just M.H.O.
- MadMike on 12/21/2007 8:16:00 PM
Thx. I practiced the drill listed on the site. Placing about 5 or 6 balls around a pocket and shooting from same spot. That helped with my aiming already. Been only a few days since I got my table and started playing again and already seeing improvement. Last night made 8ball on break 2 games in a row playing 8ball then made 9ball on break once during a game of 9ball.
I forgot all about the dominant eye thing and that helped. Still need to work on my aiming consistently and some on my stroke. Other than that i'm happy with my progress already. I purchases a McDermott cue of the month (november 07) and love it.
- Fenwick on 12/21/2007 9:18:40 PM
"I forgot all about the dominant eye thing and that helped." Did you find that here? Did you find that in one of my posts? " I'm right handed and left eyed. Hope I was of some help.
- MadMike on 12/21/2007 10:07:39 PM
I saw it on the site. I am right handed and left eyed also. Is that abnormal or not as common? I just got done doing some practicing. Throwing 5 balls out and running out. That seems to help with my position instead of trying to figure a bunch of balls ahead of time. It helped me to just conecentrate on the smaller amount. Great site, hope it grows.
- Fenwick on 12/22/2007 8:09:40 AM
It's not the norm but we left right people are out there. You have to position your head so you aim with the dominant eye. I did several searches and it is 50/50 as to weather we should shoot left handed. According to what I've found again doing searches there are very few true Ambidextrous people in the world but I do know one but he does not have a dominant eye. He started at a very young age like a Baseball Player who is a true switch hitter. Make sure you practice shooting left handed for those hard to reach shots. You will notice your aim is off if you maintain the same head position. When I bowled I had to aim 3 boards to my right to hit my target but did manage to average over 200 pins. Glad you joined the site and I also hope it grows.
- tedmauro on 1/16/2008 12:24:21 PM
Freeze a ball to the center diamond of each of the 6 short rails. Practice running them out in rotation. The person I learned this from refers to it as having the cue ball on a string. Start with ball in hand and learn to keep your cue ball in line from shot to shot.
- allanpsand on 4/9/2008 11:42:10 AM
The drills you want to work on are dependent where you are in your pool career learning curve.
For example, an absolute beginner would be quite happy with scattering some balls on a table, placing the cue ball to line up a simple shot to pocket it, then repeating until all balls are off the table. Goal - get some experience making balls go into the pockets.
An improved players can use the same ball in hand drill, with a goal of sending the cue ball to designated parts of the table, for example a nearby sheet of paper.
A better player would adjust angles, practice various degrees of follow, draw, and side spin.
You know what you need to work on - at the last match you played, you found yourself having the same problem over and over. What ever that problem was, set up that shot and solve it.
And, just practice until your attention starts to wander, then move to something else.
That's the Intelligent Shooter's approach to drills.
- quickshot on 4/9/2008 12:57:14 PM
I use some of the various tips in the replies you have so far. My favorite drill is to put a ball at each of the side rail diamonds (12 in all) and then put the cue ball in the center between the side pockets. From there start doing rail shots from wherever the cue ball stops. If you miss a shot do it over till you make it. Put the cue ball back in the approx position it was in.
- Fenwick on 4/18/2008 10:55:25 PM
Here are some very good drills.