Pool Playing for Beginners

Pool Playing for Beginners

Playing pool may look easy—just grab your cue and shoot. In reality, though, there’s a lot more to the game. Balls can get lodged in tricky positions. Straight shots may work sometimes, but at other times, the number four ball may be hiding behind another ball, and a standard shot may not be enough to get it into the corner pocket.

Pool Playing for Beginners

Here are some pool tips for improving your technique and taking your pool game to the next level:

Straight Shots

Aim is imperative. Practice your aim and force with straight shots. Start from a shorter distance, one that you know you can make. Once you have gotten more comfortable, start building length and distance from your target ball until you know you can shoot it from one end of the table to the other. Practice gauging the power you need to make each shot while committing the feel of the force to memory. Work to gain full control of a ball’s trajectory by using different levels of force.


English is the spin on the cue ball that will give it a different directionality. Perfecting this will give you added control and ensure that the ball goes where you want it to go for your next shot. Hitting the ball a little above the centerline gives it a topspin, and hitting it below gives it a backspin. The topspin provides forward directionality while the backspin gives it a backward movement, making the cue ball retreat.

Angled Shots

Like the English shot, angled shots can get your pool balls out of sticky situations. Start by imagining an invisible ball lined up right next to the target ball. The invisible ball should be mentally placed so that the pocket, the target ball, and the imaginary ball are all in a straight line. Now, aim the cue ball so that it can hit the imaginary ball head on. Make sure to hit the cue ball at its center to accomplish this.