Aiming Tips Help You Sense The Shot


Pool is a game of instincts, feel and rhythm. "You must be able to sense the shot in order to make the shot. We cannot reduce the game down to an intellectual level. It is not about absolutes."

Those words from my instructor still ring in my ear every time I find myself slipping back into the not-concentrating mode. I must concentrate as part of my aiming and force myself to see that point behind the object ball which I aim at.

Mark Your Cue?
There almost as many systems for aiming as you can find in opposing players. Each brings their own variant to the game. Remember, it's not Fire!, Aim, Ready. Just the opposite. These tips will help you get the right flow.


Every time...Aim to Win

DON'T SHOOT WITHOUT AIMING--You are not in a TV western where you can just pull and shoot from the hip. You must aim every single shot, even if it is in half-table range. Like any other habit, good or bad, aiming will grow on you. Aim every shot for 10 weeks, even in practice, and you'll never need reminding about this DUH! moment again.

Don't just stand there...aim it!

Look at the shot while you are standing and align yourself in its direction. You want to be able to "“see" the shot without another ball jutting into the intended path. Your goal is to see the shot without having to rely on a “ghost ball”. You should be able to see the line of the shot; the line the cue ball must travel to hit the object ball or rail. See the line, not some imaginary ghost spot. Choosing that exact line will help you determine what you want to accomplish with this shot, relying on your current level of skill and various aiming ajustments to compensate for throw, squirt english etc.


Take your practice to the computer

This tip involves an unlikely place to turn to for help in billiards aiming is online pool games. But like most electronic tools online billiards 8-ball or 9-ball have grown up to the point shots are much more realistic in terms of collision angles between cue balls and object balls. Controlling and watching these collisions can improve Your own tablework.