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Good way to Practice Billiard Shot Stroke

Good way to Practice Billiard Shot Stroke

I have come up with, what I believe, is a good method for practicing the stroke.

I covered my kitchen/dinning room table with a table-cloth to protect it. I then got two 3 foot yardsticks and set them side by side on the table about two inches apart. Three to four inches from the edge I placed a ping pong ball. Think of it as a cue ball.

Practicing the stroke I hit the pp ball and if it travels the three foot distance without hitting the side rail (the yardstick).

I pretty much know I'm hitting dead center and my stroke is on target. This is a good way to keep your stroke rhythm tuned up between playing times. One more thing: I live alone so I don't have anyone to tell me I'm nuts, and I have 6 pp balls.

Good way to Practice Billiard Shot Stroke

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  1. quickshotFenwick on 4/29/2008 9:50:06 PM

    There is nothing wrong with your practicing with Table Tennis balls at home. I guess we where cut from the same cloth? That is one of my pre game warm ups. I'll do a lag the length of the table, 9 foot, because I know the flaw in my stroke. I always add right side English for some odd reason. Knowing this helps me during match play. I do this until the Cue ball comes back to the tip of my Cue at least 3 times in a row. Talk about my having O.C.D. with pool now! There must be others here that use some method to work on their stroke. Anyone use the bottle on the table drill? Don't use you good shaft for that one.

  2. quickshotquickshot on 4/29/2008 11:14:27 PM

    I have heard about the bottle on the table drill, but I don't want to use my good shaft trying it. That is one of the reasons I came up with the yard sticks. I was practicing the stroke on the table and I was not sure I was accurate. Thus the yard sticks and the PP balls came into play. I honestly believe it has helped, expecially on cut shots. When I practice I seem to be doing better. I like the lag practice drill you do. I have a tendency to let my right hand bend outward which creates an off center stroke. I do the lag drill from now on.

  3. quickshotFenwick on 8/9/2008 6:44:31 PM

    I'm just getting a handle on a good grip and a good stroke and bringing the two together. It only took me 30 days after being shown how to do it correctly 30 days in a row? Why I wasted 9 months finding it is beyond me. Now if only I can keep them.

  4. quickshotpoolprof on 8/13/2008 1:27:07 PM

    I have a great Drill for creating a good stroke, in fact you cannot do this drill without a good stroke. It looks simple but it will frustrate you at first, unless your stroke is already perfect, and few are.

  5. quickshotbilliardsforum on 8/13/2008 2:08:26 PM

    So is the 'trick' here to be able to bring the cue ball back all the way after banking it off the two rails near the pocket?

  6. quickshotFenwick on 8/20/2008 12:55:32 PM

    Has anyone taken poolprof's shot to the table yet. Any feed back? I printed the layout and will try it soon.

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Good way to Practice Billiard Shot Stroke

  • Title: Good way to Practice Billiard Shot Stroke
  • Author: (Jim Walsh)
  • Published: 4/25/2008 9:29:11 PM