How to aim billiards shots

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You'll learn on this page how to determine the angle to pocket the ball. In fact, you will find out where the point of impact is located on object ball.

  1. WHEN THE OBJECT BALL IS FAR
  2. WHEN THE OBJECT BALL IS REALLY CLOSE

1. WHEN THE OBJECT BALL IS FAR

Angled shot = Angle at the impact point The cutting angle is determined at the collision point between two balls. When a ball gets a direct hit from the white ball, the angle is known as 0°. If your impact point is to the right, then your angle is to the left. In practice, the cutting angle is 0° to 90° right and 0° to 90° left.

Billiards Cut Shots

If you are a beginner, I suggest you do the following :

Déterminer le point d'impact
  • Put the cue in direct line with the object ball and the pocket
  • Imagine a line strating from the center of the pocket to the object ball
  • Look at this place on the object ball - it's the impact point
  • Move to the cue ball by keep looking at this impact point
  • Stroke the cue ball so that it hit directly your ball's impact point

VIDEO: Using the cue stick to aim pool shots - ghost ball aiming system


VIDEO: How to Aim Pool Shots - Ghostball Aiming System


Now you know where is the impact point, you should understand the cue ball path after the collision. Quite simple if you know the basic. If you hit the object ball full, without any effect, the cue ball is 0°. If you hit half-full, the cue ball path is 30° - "this angle is easy to calculate and visualize". Watch the videos to learn more.

VIDEO: Fractional-Ball Aiming - from "How To Aim Pool Shots


2. WHEN THE OBJECT BALL IS REALLY CLOSE

A near ball is when the distance between the white ball and your ball is shorter than 6". That is the distance you should use to mesure your impact point on your cue ball. The closer the balls are, the more outside the impact is on the cue ball. You will also see that the closer the balls are, the larger the angle is. We have the illusion that we must aim towards another direction.

Déterminer le point d'impact

Pour y parvenir :

  • First, determine where the impact point is on the object ball.
  • Second, do the cutting angle and visualize where the impact point is located on the cue ball.
  • Then modify the angle considering the width of the balls.

Know that when using angles, the impact point of your ball is not centered.

You should practice this at your local billiard club or go on to the next page: ADVANCED PRINCIPLES