Billiards Spin Stroke

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On the "Wheel of Fortune", a spin of the wheel often determines the outcome, in billiards a good spin shot can give you the same advantage.

The Billiards Spin Stroke is a neat shot to have at your ready, there are times when it is the only shot that will work to sink a ball and get back to the position you want.

It is a great tool for helping you measure speed of the cue ball off one or more rails. It is also a way to widden the natural track line off the rail.

The spin stroke is a close cousin to the punch stroke. Set up on the spot and sight straight down to the center diamond on the bottom rail. Use center right and “pop” the ball so it is spinning on its way down table.

In this shot, the ultimate destination of the cue ball depends on the speed of your cue and its point of contact on the cue ball. The further out from center, the sharper the track line off from the end rail. A medium speed, near center hit will put the cue ball into the corner.

Speed up the cue and move it out from center, you will find you are closer to the side pocket.

Switch to the other side of the cue ball and you will see the cue ball impact along the left rail.

You should be able to control the spin so you can scratch in either corner pocket near you.

You should be able to control the cue ball so you can hit the number two diamond on both sides of the table.

You should be able to control the cue ball so you can hit either side pocket. With a great spin stroke, you will be able to control where the cue ball is going. You will develop an instinct with this wonderful stroke.

This is a stroke used by many "old timers" in billiards.