Do You Know How to Play Pool?

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Pool is catalogued as a cue or billiard sports that involves dropping billiard balls inside the holes of a pool table by using a cue stick. It can be an exciting sport that can be played by lots of persons at a time. Over time Pool competitions have become ever so popular and are held each year in different areas around the country where people contend with each other for the title as best pool player in their region. There are many diverse means to play the game but we will only be concentrating on a simple eight ball game.

How To Play Pool

Required Tools:

Pool stick

Mechanical bridge



Required Materials:

Pool table

Billiard balls

Billiard cues

Instructions are as follows:

1. A basic game of pool commences by arranging all the billiard balls onto the pool table using the rack, with the exclusion of the cue ball.

2. Each player then selects the type of pool stick they want to play with and then curve off the tip with the chalk so that the entire tip is covered with chalk. Afterwards you can blow off the tip to take off the extra chalk residue. Some persons rather have their own personal pool stick for participating in pool.

3. After deciding who will go first, place the cue ball before the designated line on the pool table. Employ one hand on the pool table to guide the cue ball where it needs to go and the other to put on the power needed to strike it firmly enough so that it makes contact with the group of balls. If billiard balls are hit firm enough, then they should scatter across the pool table. If you are right handed most likely the guiding hand will be the left and the hitting hand the right and for left handed people vice versa. One simple method is to form the guiding hand is to make a tiny semi circle using the thumb atop of the index finger so that the pool stick can be put on top of it.

4. After all the balls are spread out over the board and none of the colored balls or the Number 9 ball sinks the other person or team will be entitled to attempt and sink either the whole or strip balls. Whoever gets any one of them balls into the hole first except for the cue ball will have to aim for that type of ball during the remainder of the game. The opponent who sinks all of their colored balls before the other will then attempt to drop the Number 9 ball, but whoever sinks the Number 9 ball before then will automatically forfeit the match.

5. While playing pool, any competitor can make shots from almost any angle to drop a ball into the hole. Once they apply the right method so that the cue ball hits the colored ball dead center, then the shot should be successful, If not it will either fail to hit the ball or it might not hit it good enough for the ball to sink. Just line up the shot properly and take the shot.

6. Persons can also strike the cue ball from an angle where it can deflect from either end the pool table and strike another colored ball. You can also use the cue ball to strike another ball which then deflects off the sides and drop another ball. Use the pool stick and align the shot with the side on the pool table to get the best angle to make a great shot.

7. In a pool match another effective method for sinking a ball is to hit the cue ball onto a colored ball so that it doesn’t strike dead center but rather intentionally off centre so it goes towards a pocket. According to where you need the colored ball to end up will verofy how far off centre you need to hit the ball. However, don’t slice the ball excessively so that you may miss the hole completely.

8. Another shot is known as Canon which is a practical shot if the ball you need to strike is obstructed by a couple billiard balls. First look at the balls in question, and estimate how you want to strike the first ball in order for it to sock the other ball at the right position, or probably even strike the third. Once you have decided this then hit it firmly, but not too hard so that the balls fly from around the pool table.

Tips and Warnings

*Before striking the cue ball, always ensure that the tip of the cue stick is firmly attached to the end part, sometimes the tip can work itself loose and even fall off and this may impinge on the users performance.

*Participating in pool calls for the know how and skill, so once you continuously work on your techniques then your strategy and game play will steadily increase.

* When taking part in a pool match, persons should also employ the right stance, the left foot should be put in front and the right foot back about two feet and you must not be too close to the table.

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