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have you ever seen some guy on TV or YouTube when they're playing ten

ball

they're making the game look really easy to them it's not really much of an effort they just fire the

ball

in and the key

ball

pretty much goes where they want it to go and even when they're playing eight

ball

they just run around the table and to them everything is easy and it really doesn't matter through jumping the

ball

s or cutting

ball

s in or even kicking up

ball

s to them the game has become easy now do these guys know something you don't know well the truth is they do they probably know a lot you don't know and that's what this video is all about so what separates this video from all the other videos out there is that this video has one goal in mind and that's to make the game easy for you and I'm going to show you a lot of secrets that are really going to supercharge your game this video is all about cue

ball

control teaching you an easier way to put dekhti

ball

anywhere you want we're first going to go through the fundamentals of the game and not just stroke fundamentals but the fundamentals of position play these are the building blocks to building a powerful game when most players learn the game of

pool

this is information they were never given and without a thorough understanding of position fundamentals you'll never reach a high level and pull I'm not only going to show you an easier way to move the cue

ball

around the table but we're...
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going to be doing it without left or right spin by the time you're done with this section you're going to have greater control of the cue

ball

with a lot less effort the game will start to become easier for you we're then going to get into half table pattern plate running

ball

s in order using only half a table and no left or right spin these drills are all about using the angles to move the cue

ball

around the table with minimal effort you first start with three

ball

s and we're going to progress the fly

ball

patterns then we're going to move on to full table pattern play and by this time your ability to see angles plan your patterns and control the cue

ball

is going to skyrocket next we're going to recreate run outs by the top players in the world we're going to break down each shot one by one and explain why they chose the pattern they did I'll show you what English they use and even demonstrate scenarios if they had gotten out of line this is a great section to study if you've ever wondered why a top player chose the pattern they did and throughout the video we're going to have a lot of exciting shots that you're just going to love for instance I'm going to show you a technique for cutting

ball

s in backwards and these are cut shots you would never even think about cutting I'll show you an easier way to pocket an object

ball

when it's right next to the cue

ball

I'll show you a trick for banking a

ball

into a pocket...
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that's blocked by other

ball

s and believe it or not the trick is to shoot easy I'm going to show you mistake that almost everyone makes when they jump

ball

s I'm also going to show you an easier way to aim your jumps this video is jam-packed full of great shots

tips

and

lessons

all designed to get you to that next level one of the main reasons people struggle and pull is because when they were first learning the game they didn't spend much time working on their stance or their stroke instead they got right into pocketing

ball

s and that became their main focus and it's in this early stage where bad habits are formed and become a permanent part of the players game and then the player goes from pocketing

ball

s the playing position using left and right spin the problem with is is that they never learned the fundamentals of position play how the cue

ball

moves off object

ball

s and rails without spin and because of this they were never able to consistently control the cue

ball

this combined with any issues that may be in their stroke fundamentals have limited their game making it very difficult if not impossible to reach a higher level and pull without a thorough understanding of how the cue

ball

moves off object

ball

s and rails the players cue

ball

control will always be inconsistent and if you can't control the cue

ball

without spin you're never going to be able to control the cue

ball

with spin and that's what much of this video is all about...
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learning how to run the table in 8-

ball

9-

ball

without using left and right spin and once you start developing a feel for controlling the cue

ball

without spin when you do start using spin again you're going to have a better idea of exactly how much spin you need if any you're going to start putting that cue

ball

wherever you want since you now have a deeper understanding of position fundamentals and when I travel the country training students for my 14 days episodes I can usually spot their problems within the first rack they usually have a couple stroke issues that need to be fixed but the main issue is their lack of understanding of position play playing improper angles along with over spinning the cue

ball

or issues that almost all of my students share so the first thing I do is I take these players back to the fundamentals the same fundamentals they probably skipped when they were first learning the game so I have them do strode drills

ball

pocketing drills and center

ball

positioning and in order for these players to ever reach a high level and pull they have to develop a strong foundation for their game and for many of my students who have struggled for years the transformation to become a stronger player happens very quickly sometimes within a few days these are players who have the capability and knowledge to play at a much higher level but they had several limitations in their game once we remove these limitations they can now reach a much higher level and...
pull so in this video we're going to cover the same training that my students go through first we'll cover stroke fundamentals then position fundamentals then finally we're going to go through full table pattern play using left and right spin as I explained in secrets to the stance is created around the shooting line and the shooting line is created using the ghost

ball

and the cue

ball

and when we talk about the ghost

ball

we're referring to an imaginary

ball

location that represents where the cue

ball

needs to be to pack with the object

ball

for instance let's say I want to pocket the 1

ball

on the side imagine a line going through the center of the pocket opening through the center of the 1

ball

so for me to pocket the one

ball

the cue

ball

needs to end up here when it contacts the object

ball

so if I can visualize this ghost

ball

on each shot I can then imagine a line going through the center of the ghost

ball

through the center of the cue

ball

this is a line that I use to build my stance on every shot for instance in this shot if I wanted the pack of the nine in the corner I would have to strike the nine here with the cue

ball

so this now becomes our ghost

ball

the shooting line runs through the center of this ghost

ball

through the center of the cue

ball

in this shot to keep all what's right the object

ball

here to pocket it in the corner so the center of the ghost

ball

to the center of the cue

ball

is the shooting line in another example the cue...

ball

will strike the object

ball

here to pocket it in the side so the center of this ghost

ball

through the center of the cue

ball

is our shooting line now let's create the stance around the shooting line in this example the object-

ball

and cue-

ball

are straight into the corner pocket and when both

ball

s are straight in like this you don't need to visualize the ghost

ball

you can now just create the shooting line from the center of the object

ball

through the center of the cue

ball

we then visualized this line as it extends past the table and for the purposes of this video I'm going to place the shooting line on the floor so you can see how I step into the shot and we begin by placing our back foot on this shooting line either at a slight angle or at an angle closer to 90 degrees turning our foot like this helps provide a bit more stability next we step into the shot with our other foot the foot will be parallel with a shooting line or slightly turned in our hips move out of the way to create more clearance for our stroke and some players prefer locking their back leg is slightly bending their front leg while other players like to slightly bend both legs players who are taller or who tend to play at a faster pace prefer bending both knees slightly so here are a few issues to watch out for when creating your stance here I see the shooting line and I begin creating my stance but you can see that when I place my back foot on the shooting line it's too far our...
back and the reason this happened is because I started creating my stance too far away from the table so if I move in a little bit closer and recreate my stance everything now is more balanced another issue that people have is that they face away from the shot here my right foot is the proper placement but my left foot is facing away from the shine I'm actually facing about 90 degrees away from the shot which may cause a bit of instability so this time instead of my front foot facing away from the shot I step into the shot with my left foot more parallel to the shooting line in this example my right foot is crossed the shooting line by about a foot now when I get down into the shooting stance my stroke is extremely close to my body which may interfere with the stroking motion so this time I reposition my back foot more on the shooting line and as I get into my shooting stance you can now see that I have plenty of clearance and as they get into shooting position the top part of my stroke arm should be on the shooting line here you can see the top part of my arm isn't quite on the shooting line so I'll reposition myself and this time when I get down I try to make sure my arm is on the shooting line so now you can see how important it is to visualize the shooting line your stance will always be built around this line for every shot the better you get at this the more accurate you're going to be in pocketing

ball

s much of the aiming process is done before the...
player even gets down on the table in this example the player isn't aware of the shooting line when he builds the stance so now he has a twist his body to place the cue stick on the line which may cause his stance to become unstable now this time when he approaches the table he sees the shooting line and build the stance around the line now when he bends over is cue stick naturally drops into place now as a player gets into shooting position their forearm should be relaxed and hanging naturally below their elbow as demonstrated here once the forearm starts moving away from this line either to the inside or outside it becomes more challenging to keep the stick on a straight path it's important that when building the stance you let your body do what it naturally wants to do this applies not only to the forearm but also to the grip here you can see that my grip is also relaxed the cue sits on the fingers and the thumb sits to the side of the grip holding the cue in place you never want to put the thumb on top of the cue you always and off to the side to hold the queue in place here the grip is turned inward and here the grip is turned outward if you just hang your hand naturally blow your forearm without the pole Q you'll see that your hand would naturally hang correctly like this now try to keep the same relaxed position as you hold the pole Q the thumb should point downward through the stroking motion if you finish your stroke and your thumb is pointing toward your...
body that means that you turned your wrist try to keep your thumb in the same position throughout the stroke the goal for the grip is to remove any unnecessary tension you really just want to feel the weight of the stick as you hold it and the biggest mistake most players make is holding the Q way too tightly the grip pressure should come from the front part of the grip hand the back fingers apply very little if any pressure on the cue stick and some players will remove their back one or two fingers completely off the

pool

cue the grip pressure should remain the same throughout the stroking motion and remember not everyone is going to have perfect fundamentals but the closer you can get to proper fundamentals the faster you're going to improve if you are one of those players whose forearm is turned or your arm isn't lined up properly you can still get to a high level you're just going to need to put in more time on the table than someone whose fundamentals don't have these issues next we're going to focus in on the actual stroking motion and some issues players may run into now as the player is down on the shot and put this tip up to the cue

ball

they should relax their grip hand and slide it below their elbow here the tip is at the cue

ball

but my grip hand is too far back in the cue stick which may restrict my backstroke in this example my grip pan is too far forward by keeping the grip hand relaxed we can let it slide naturally below my elbow the back...
stroke should be straight back with a nice easy temple and whether you're shooting a shot easy medium or hard your back stroke should always be the same slow tempo here my back stroke is too quick which usually results in a abbreviated back stroke some top players will have a noticeable at the end of the backstroke before beginning the forward stroke this pause at the end of the back stroke requires practice to perfect the timing you want to pause to become second nature before playing in competition you never want to have to think about the mechanics of the stroke when playing tournaments or leagues and the more common type of pause is the natural pause and this pause occurs naturally as a backstroke slowly finishes and then begins the forward stroke similar to someone throwing a soft

ball

or horseshoe your backswing slows down and transitions to the forward swing it should happen naturally without having to think about it and as the player begins the forward motion the grip pressure should remain consistent the speed of the forward stroke should gradually ramp up to prevent any tightening of the grip and the cue stick should be accelerating on the forward stroke reaching an optimum speed at impact with the cue

ball

and even though the cue stick will slightly slow down when contacting the cue

ball

you still need to keep the stick moving forward through the cue

ball

staying as level as possible through the impact area and here's why it's important to have good...
follow-through one issue that many players have is that they lock up their grip at impact and here's an example of what I mean I'll put a

ball

on the spot and shoot it into the corner pocket as the tip strikes the cue

ball

instead of the stick driving through the cue

ball

and gradually coming to a stop it immediately stops at impact with the cue

ball

so in order for the sticks momentum to come to an immediate stop after impact with the cue

ball

the grip hand needs to begin tightening up just prior to contact with the cue

ball

and here you can see my grip hand tightening up on the forward stroke anticipating stopping the tip at impact this change in grip pressure just prior to striking the cue

ball

may cause the stick to go off the shooting line causing a miss head some players who had this issue will sometimes begin stopping the cue sticks momentum just prior to impact with the cue

ball

and being able to follow through correctly will remove this hesitation in your stroke also you'll notice that some players have a significant Oh drop while others have very little elbow movement during their stroke an ideally you want as few moving parts as possible when stroking the more moving parts means the more things that can go wrong all the parts have to be in sync with each other when performing the stroke players who have a significant elbow drop usually develop this stroke when they were first learning the game so it's become part of their muscle memory to drop the...
elbow and even players who have a compact stroke may drop their elbow a little bit on certain shots like stretch shots or on certain power shots having a significant elbow drop in shots however requires many hours of practice to perfect the timing some players who try to manufacture an elbow drop on shots will sometimes drop their elbow slightly before impact with the cue

ball

which results in a miss hit if you wish to employ an elbow drop into your game be prepared to spend extra time on the table perfecting the timing and when you show you're going to have to watch out for if you have minimal elbow drop is not putting the tip close enough to the cue

ball

when aiming here we can see that the tip the cue isn't very close to the cue

ball

the problem with this is that when we perform the stroke or optimum speed is reached right here so this speed is to be maintained until the tip can reach the cue

ball

but if the tip is too far away from the cue

ball

the stick may be slowing down by the time it reaches the cue

ball

practice trying to get the tip pretty close to the cue

ball

usually less than one cube of chalk away also by putting the tip closer to the cue

ball

you're going to have a much better chance of hitting the cue

ball

where you're aiming and when you're aiming your eyes will be going back and forth from the object

ball

to the cue

ball

and when everything looks like it's lined up you can go ahead and stroke the shot now some people look at the cue...

ball

last their focus is making sure they strike the cue

ball

where they are aiming but the majority of players look at the object

ball

last they feel more comfortable being able to see the shot while stroking and other players will look at the cue

ball

during the back stroke then their eyes shift to the object

ball

as the forward stroke begins this usually results in a more noticeable pause as if backstroke transitions to the forward stroke find the way that's comfortable for you if you're not comfortable looking at the cue

ball

last then focus on the object

ball

there is no wrong way to do it you just have to find the way that's comfortable for you so if we put it all together here are the steps and we begin by placing our back foot on this shooting line either at a slight angle or at an angle closer to 90 degrees next we step into the shot with our other foot the foot will be parallel with a shooting line or slightly turned in also create your bridge before you get down on the table the fewer things you have to do once you're on the table the better as we then bend forward onto the table we move our hips back to provide clearance for our stroking arm as you place our bridge on the table it becomes the third part of our tripod along with both legs when done correctly we should have clearance for the stroking motion we apply slight pressure to the cue stick as we perform the back stroke the key stick should drive forward through the cue

ball

and slowly come...
to a stop on or near the table fell and here's a great drill to help you fine-tune your stroke in stance place a

ball

on the spot and imagine the shooting line from the center of the

ball

to the center of the pocket opening we're now going to create our stance using this line create your bridge while standing then slowly bend down onto the shot keeping your head on the line when you're down on the table your forearm and grip hands should be hanging naturally below your elbow on your back stroke pull the cue all the way back and concentrate on a smooth transition between the back stroke and forward stroke allow the cue to slowly accelerate reaching proper speed at impact keep your head still until the

ball

reaches the pocket to prevent any unnecessary movement although moving your head has no effect on the shot after you strike the cue

ball

if it becomes a habit your body will then begin to tighten up in anticipation of the head movement prior to striking the cue

ball

and on some shots your head movement may begin during the early part of the forward stroke which will affect where your tip strikes the cue

ball

so it's a good idea to exaggerate how long you keep your head while you are practicing and when you do the straw drills since you don't have to worry about pocketing a

ball

or playing position all of your focus can be on your stroke and your stance you can now monitor your mechanics for any problems such as is your forearm turned inward or outward is...
your wrist turned is your backstroke too fast does your thumbs turn on the forward stroke and do you follow through on a straight line the first step in improving your pull game is understanding your game and not just how you play the game but the actual mechanics of your stroke and when some of my students first start doing the stroke drill their follow-through is either too short or it's off the line on one side or the other when you do this drill you want to follow through keeping the stick above the shooting line your tip will either land on the felt or slightly above it and for some of my students it takes a few hundred shots before their stroke begins to follow through correctly both your backstroke and your forward stroke should stay on the shooting line it may be a good idea to stand up every four or five

ball

s and recreate your stance now if you're one of the players who tends to tighten up at impact with the cue

ball

it's going to take a few shots before you're able to follow-through naturally a good idea is to mark a spot on the field about six inches beyond the spot on the shooting line now when you shoot the

ball

try to force the tip to stop on this mark or stop right above it in the beginning you may have to manually force the tip to this mark but after a few hundred shots your tip should start to land on this mark automatically your focus should be on a consistent grip pressure throughout the stroke and avoiding the tightening of the grip and...
impact once the stroke can stand start to feel more natural you can try a variation on this drill by throwing

ball

s out on the table and just shooting them one by one this allows you to practice your stance with various types of shots and if you're new to the game of

pool

you may want to shoot just one

ball

until you get your fundamentals down the problem many new players to the game have is that they begin trying to pocket

ball

s right away and their focus goes away from proper Minho's so they may begin to develop bad habits remember to become a strong pull player you have to learn the game in steps first fundamentals then

ball

pocketing and then position play here's the first do-or-die shot these are shots to try when you don't have any other options okay we're playing a game of eight

ball

and we're shooting the eight but we don't have a good offensive shot see if you can figure out a way to pocket a

ball

and win the game and here's a hint we're going to pocket the eight

ball

without touching any of the stripes okay this is a shot that's pretty difficult but at least it gives you a chance to win the game so I'm going to call the lower left corner pocket I'm going to shoot a bow and hold my cue

ball

where it is so the eight

ball

can carom off it and the great thing about this shot is that even if you miss the shot you may still block the pocket for your opponent here's another version of this shot in this version they pawn...
cube are farther away from the corner so in this situation I have to draw the cue

ball

back and off the side rails to the eight

ball

can carom off it in this last example the cube on a par are pretty far away from the corner pocket see if you can figure out another way to pocket eight

ball

in one of the two corner pockets okay so in this case I need to follow the cue

ball

and time it out so the eight

ball

can carom off the cue

ball

and go in the lower right corner pocket in this situation I'm no longer straight in on the eight

ball

but if I can bank the aid into the nine

ball

it may carom into the corner pocket this shot comes up every once in a while so it's a good shot to know just in case here I'm play an eight

ball

and I'm on the eight but I left myself in the jaws of the pocket so I can't see the eight

ball

in this situation I would aim toward the point of the pocket with center high and this will send the cue

ball

toward the other corner pocket this is a worthwhile shot to practice because this situation does come up every once in a while and it at least gives you a chance to hit the

ball

and sometimes pocket it and it even works along the length of the table although this is much more difficult in this situation I'm playing a game of nine

ball

and I'm on the two

ball

the problem is that when I shoot the two

ball

the cue

ball

will run into the seven

ball

leaving me tough on the three

ball

which is at the other end of the table but since my...
cue

ball

will be striking the seven

ball

immediately after hitting the two I can use the seven

ball

to carom the cue

ball

to the side rail and down to the other end of the table and I was shooting the two

ball

with low right so when the cue

ball

strikes the side rail the right-hand spin will help bring the cue

ball

back to this end rail here's another example playing position off the

ball

I'm playing eight

ball

and I'm on my last

ball

the problem is that date

ball

is next to the top end rail so position on it will be difficult but next to the one

ball

is the thirteen

ball

and since the cue

ball

will be running into the thirteen

ball

after pocketing the one I can use that to my advantage if I can strike the one

ball

with low right the spin and draw will bring the cue

ball

back for shape an eight

ball

after striking the thirteen and if you ever confused about what's been to use later in this video I'm going to show you an easy way to figure out if you need to use left or right spin the final example I'm playing eight

ball

and I'm on the one

ball

but I have to bring the cue

ball

all the way back to this end rail for position on the eight and when I pocket the one

ball

looks like I'd be running into the nine

ball

which means I can use a nine

ball

like a rail so when I shoot the one

ball

I'll use a power draw stroke to bring the cue

ball

off the side rail for shape on the eight

ball

here's another do-or-die shot I left myself here on the...
eight

ball

and it doesn't look like I have a pocket for it see if you can figure out which pocket I've made eight

ball

in this shot actually comes up every once in a while and it's a great shot to know when there are no other options if we look at the one

ball

it's at a pretty good spot along the side rail for me to Karen the eight often if I could shoot the eight

ball

into the rail right next to the one

ball

it should carom off it ahead to the corner pocket and here's the shot again in slow motion and we can see the eight

ball

striking the rail just prior to hit the one

ball

and that sends it toward the corner pocket here's another situation where I'm going to shoot the eight into the rail and off an object

ball

to try and pocket it in the side pocket so in this case the eight

ball

path would go in this direction off the four

ball

towards the side pocket and with a little practice you should begin to develop a feel for this shot it's all about recognizing where you need to strike the rail ad to get the correct carom off the object

ball

next we're going to go through various stances and bridges that you will need to learn in this example the player is shooting the two

ball

and he has three choices he can perform a stretch shot a bridge shot or a side shot and how you shoot this shot depends on what you plan on doing with the cue

ball

if you simply need to stop the cue

ball

or just roll forward a few inches then using a bridge will work fine...
if you need to apply a good stroke to the cue

ball

you may want to try a side shot and here is how you do it first press both legs against a table and bend over raising the back leg this shot requires some flexibility and balance one mistake that players make is shooting the shot too quickly when their stance isn't that comfortable if you are stretching or balancing on one leg that is all the more reason to take more time on your shot in this stretch shot you're going to face the table and as you bend over your back leg stretches while your other leg comes off the floor and the same type of stance can be performed off the in realm here the cue

ball

is in the middle of the table requiring a very long reach so if I press both legs against the table and lean over keeping my right foot on the floor I can reach the shot in this example we not only have to perform a stretch up but we also have to shoot over a

ball

and when many players attempt to shoot chance like this they create an unstable stance and end up shooting too quickly a better ways to sit on the end rail keeping your back foot on the floor now you can get closer to the cue

ball

making for a more stable bridge next the object

ball

is close to the corner pocket and the cue

ball

is close to the rail in this scenario we can't get properly lined up with a shot but if we sit on the table keeping our back foot on the floor this allows us to get closer to the cue

ball

in this example I'm on the eight

ball

but I...
can't reach it from the other end rail so I create my stance on the side of the table and as I bend forward onto the table my left leg is pushed upward I now move my grip hand under my chest until the stick is on the shooting line this is the stance that takes a little bit of practice to get comfortable with in this example we have to shoot over a

ball

and you'll sometimes see players making this type of stance where they balance themselves on one foot a more stable way to shoot this shot would be to sit on the table keeping your back foot on the floor this allows you to be a bit more stable when you perform the shot in this example I'm shooting a

ball

but I can't reach the cue

ball

so in this situation I would put my right knee on the table which allows me to get closer to the cue

ball

and next we're going to discuss various types of bridges and some issues that many players run into the most common types of bridges are the closed bridge in the open bridge the open bridge is a great bridge for players of all skill levels even including players new to the game it's fairly easy to make provides good support for the cue stick here I split my fingers to make sure the base of my palm is on the table I press my thumb against the side of my finger creating a groove that the stick glides on I can then lower or raise my bridge hand by dragging my fingers toward my palm and when you make this bridge always remember to keep your thumb pressed firmly against your...
hand you never want to thumb off to the side away from the hand and raising the bridge just requires you to pull your fingers in toward your hand like this one important benefit of the open bridge is that it allows you to see more of the cue

ball

then with the closed bridge next I'm going to show you two variations of the closed bridge in the first variation your forefinger and thumb create a loop that is pressed against the side of the hand this type of bridge is very snug so you would need to make sure that the shaft of your cue is very smooth the benefits of a bridge this snug is that it helps keep the Q on the shooting line the second variation in the closed bridge has the thumb pressed against the middle finger with the forefinger looping over and touching the top of the thumb this bridge in the previous closed bridge use the thumb as a track for the Q so when you make these bridges the Q should be aligned with the thumb so this would be incorrect now the Q is properly aligned with the thumb next we're going to look at the tripod bridge this bridge is sometimes used instead of the standard open or closed bridge it's also used when shooting over

ball

s the closed tripod bridge is raised with one finger kept in the back for support and here is the open tripod bridge this time two fingers are kept back for support one issue that many players have is that when they're shooting over

ball

they fail to keep a finger back for support and instead they try to...
balance the bridge keeping all their fingers together making the bridge very unstable now watch how much more stable the bridge is with one or two fingers bag for support and here's an issue that players run into when they attempt to shoot over a

ball

with a tripod bridge they create their tripod bridge too far away from the obstructing

ball

this increases the chance of accidentally striking the obstructing

ball

when you make the tripod bridge you need to get the bridge fairly close to the obstructing

ball

try aiming above the cue

ball

first to get the line down then slowly lower the cue stick at an angle to perform the shot and when shooting over a

ball

it's a good idea to place your feet closer together this allows you to stand a bit higher than normal and here's another issue that players have when they're shooting over a

ball

they'll create the angles accoustic before getting down on the shot and they usually end up creating more angle than what they need when shooting over a

ball

level out your cue as you come down then get your aim down and slowly create your angle this ensures that you give yourself only the monotheistic angle that you need another issue players have is when the cue

ball

is near the rail I'm going to shout the cue

ball

is frozen to the rail many players will sometimes miscue on shots like this and the reason they tend to miscue is because their stick is either level or at an upward angle and this is one of those situations where...
you need to angle your cue downward toward the cue

ball

you don't need a big angle you just need to make sure your cue is angled downward this will ensure a solid hit on the cue

ball

here's a common rail bridge when the cue

ball

is on or near the rail similar to an open bridge the cue glides on the groove formed between the thumb and forefinger a finger is kept back and pressed against the table for support you can then raise this bridge as needed to create an angle another bridge on the rail is the open bridge the open bridge is preferred to the closed bridge when on the rail since it keeps the stick more level and it also allows you to see more of the cue

ball

the most common rail bridges is this type of bridge you tuck your thumb into your hand and you place the cue alongside the thumb and the top of your middle finger you then loop your forefinger around the cue stick creating a secure bridge when many players attempt this bridge they end up moving their thumb away which removes the sticks support keep your thumb locked in place as you create the bridge on the rail another issue that players have is limiting their backstroke when they have to strike the cue

ball

firm here the players made his bridge too close to the cue

ball

thereby limiting their backstroke so they end up pulling the stick back only about half an inch or so and then they have to try muscle the cue stick creating power this will usually result in a miss hit but if the player switches to this type...
of rail bridge he can now pull the stick back even farther allowing for a much smoother straw in this example the cue

ball

is farther away from the rail and many players attempt a long bridge using the rail support if your bridge length starts to get too long you may want to think about a tripod bridge or a standard bridge in this shot the key

ball

is near the rail and the player needs to strike the cue

ball

low most players tend to create too much angle for shots like this which makes the shot much harder than it needs to be to hit the shot correctly start off with a level cue then slowly lower the tip now you'll have a much better chance at pocketing the

ball

and sometimes you'll come across a shot where it's difficult to create your bridge here the cue

ball

is near the side pocket so there isn't much room to create a normal bridge and a lot of players will create an unstable bridge and shoot too quickly sometimes you have to be creative in creating your bridges here I placed on palm on the side of the rail and place my fingers just outside the opening now I have a stable bridge which will allow me to perform my stroke and many players struggle with creating a stable bridge when the cue

ball

is close to the rail when the key

ball

is this close to the rail you need to create a bridge that uses the rail and the table bed here is the open bridge version and when using the open bridge version make sure you keep your thumb pointing upward to help secure the cue...
stick here's the closed bridge version our pressure points are these three fingers and a good rule to remember is don't shoot any shot until your bridge is rock solid and we're practicing it's a good idea to place the cue

ball

around the table and as many awkward positions as possible this allows you to get comfortable with all types of situations especially since these situations will probably come up in tournaments or leagues one issue that makes pocketing

ball

s tougher for players is the way they aim for instance if you watch a top player aim they may do one or two big practice strokes but then they do a series of very short strokes this is how they fine-tune their aim and when they are done fine-tuning their aim they stop the tip of the cue

ball

and this is the last step in their aiming process if the shot isn't absolutely lined up then they will continue with their short strokes or stand back up and start all over again when money players aim they tend to take large practice strokes maybe three or four before shooting a shot but they never really fine-tune their aim and many of them never stop their tip at the cue

ball

and this lack of fine tuning their aim usually leads to an inconsistency in pocketing

ball

s and cue

ball

control this is especially true when the player has an easy shot like this shot where the

ball

is near the pocket but their next

ball

is at the other end of the tables so this shower choirs a very precise hit in the object

ball

to...
send it to the other end of the table for position and usually weaker players won't take much time Aemon and that usually results in an inconsistency in their cue

ball

control a strong player realizes that he has to be very precise and now he strikes this object

ball

so he takes his time and goes through the entire aiming process finishing with his tip of the cue

ball

to double-check his aim if everything looks good he'll go ahead and shoot the shot you need to develop a rhythm to your aim and go through the same aiming process on every shot regardless of how easy or difficult to shot is being able to fine-tune your aim along with stopping your tip of the cue

ball

is going to help you later as you start putting that cue

ball

into very specific areas for position for instance in this shot I need to put the cue

ball

here for shaping a

ball

but as you can see depending on where I strike the object

ball

the cue

ball

can travel in many different directions which is why it's important to take your time and make sure everything is lined up before shooting the shot okay so now I'm going to show you a technique that should really help you when it comes to combination shots in this example we're playing 9-

ball

we have a combination on the nine and if you ever watch top players whenever they have a combination shot they line it up like this and here's what they're doing they're pretending the first object

ball

is the cue

ball

so when they aim this shot...
they're picking a target along the side rail that they'll be aiming the first

ball

at so when we shoot the combination we're pretending the nine

ball

isn't even there our whole focus is shooting the four

ball

toward our aiming spot on the rail if we can do that we should pocket the nine

ball

and even if you're on this side of the combination you can still shoot the four

ball

toward this spot on the rail and pocket the nine and here are three examples of combination shots using this technique in the first shot I'm going to shoot the five into the eight and make it in the side pocket so with the five

ball

was the cue

ball

I can shoot the five toward this spot on the rail and pocket the eight

ball

on the side now this spot on the rail becomes my target I now forget about the eight

ball

my whole focus is shooting the five toward this spot on the rail next we shoot the four six combination and once again I'm going to line up the shot and now I know if the four

ball

heads toward this spot on the rail I can pocket the six

ball

so now we pretend the six

ball

isn't even there and we just aim the four

ball

toward this target and in our third example we line up the shot the same way by pretending the seven

ball

is the cue

ball

so our spot on the rail is right here and that becomes my main focus trying to aim this seven

ball

toward this spot on the rail next we'll discuss a common mistake that many players make when playing combinations and that's...
playing on the wrong side of the combination line and I'll show you what I mean in this example I'm playing nine bow and I left myself here on the three

ball

before I shoot the three however I'm going to line up my combination so if I shut the forward towards this spot on the rail I'll be able to pocket the Bible so this now becomes my combination line now when I shoot the three

ball

I end up just short of the line so when I pocket the combination we can see that the cue

ball

heads toward the side rail while the poor

ball

heads to the inn rail leaving me without a shot since by looking at the combination line we can tell which way the four will go nets toward the in rail so if we want our keyboard ahead the same way we need to be on the other side of the combination line now when I shoot the combination if you

ball

is headed in the right direction leaving me a nice shot on the four

ball

here's another example of plain shape on the wrong side of a combination I'm playing 9-

ball

and I'll be playing the 2:3 combination next but I have to be really aware of where the two

ball

will travel after it strikes the three

ball

so if I had to shut the two into the three we can see that the two

ball

heads in this direction which means if I ended up below the two three combo line the cue

ball

will travel in this direction which means I'll be left with a tough shot on the two

ball

now if I can have the cue

ball

head in the same direction as a two

ball

I can...
play the two in the top right hand corner pocket so that means I need to be above the two three combo line now when I shoot the combination both

ball

s head in the same direction giving me a shot on the two

ball

and in our final example we'll be shipping the one

ball

and playing the two three combination see if you can figure out what side of this combination I need to be on in this first shot I end up short of the two three combo line and we can see that the cue

ball

is going to head away from the two

ball

but if we're above the combination line both the cue

ball

and tube are going to be heading in the same direction so before you play a position on a combination try to predict the direction the first

ball

will travel to adroit strikes the object-

ball

when the cue

ball

is close to the object

ball

and the player has to draw the cue

ball

straight back some players tend to jump up when they shoot this type of shot to avoid the cue

ball

striking their cue as it draws back so they usually end miss hitting the shot one trick to avoid this is to stay down but just move the bridge hand out of the way this ensures you complete your bank stroke and stay down and when you hear people talk about being on the wrong or right side of the line they're talking about playing position on the side of the pocket line that will allow the cue

ball

to move naturally to their next

ball

for instance in this shot I'm playing eight

ball

and I ended up here on the five

ball

if I'm...
going to shoot it in the side we can now see the pocket line so this would be the good side of the line since all I had to do is pack the five in my cue

ball

naturally heads toward my next

ball

if I ended up here in the five

ball

now I'm on the wrong side of the pocket line since when I pocket the five

ball

the cue

ball

naturally heads away from my next

ball

so when you play position on a

ball

always visualize the pocket line that runs through your next

ball

then decide which side of that line will work better for moving the cue

ball

to the next

ball

in this example I see the five

ball

pocket line and I know I need to end up here for the eight

ball

so if I play position for this side of the line all I have to do is pocket the five

ball

and the cue

ball

naturally heads to my position area in this situation I'm playing eight

ball

and I have to play the eight

ball

in this pocket so it's important that I end up on the right side of the ten

ball

pocket line if I shoot too quickly and end up here now I'm on the wrong side of the line and it's going to be difficult to get positioned for the eight

ball

this time I'm more careful about placing the cue

ball

on the right side of the pocket line now it's just a matter pocketing the ten

ball

my cue

ball

heads to my position area understanding what side of pocket lines you need to be on to move the cue

ball

around the table is one of the key components to building a strong run-out game now before we get into...
position fundamentals it's important that you understand what happens to the cue

ball

after you strike in so I'm going to set up a few shots shooting them with Center then with left and right English I'm also going to be using different cue stick angles in this first shot I'm shooting the cue

ball

with no spin and a fairly level cue stick and since I'm not using spin the cue

ball

should travel straight down the line now I'm going to elevate my cue and shoot below center with no spin and we see the cue

ball

stays on the shooting line so let's say you're playing a game of 8-

ball

and you have a tough shot on your last

ball

as long as you shoot Center Center lower center high your cue

ball

will stay on the shooting line regardless of how level your acoustic is this is important to remember as we move on to show how using spin moves the cue

ball

off the shooting line now I'm going to show you the difference when shooting with spin here I'll be striking the cue

ball

with left-hand spin keeping my cue stick as level as possible and as you can see as soon as I strike the cue

ball

it bears off the shooting line by striking the cue

ball

on the left side to push the cue

ball

to the right of the line this is referred to as deflection now I'm going to elevate my cue which causes the cue

ball

to really beer off the shooting line now with the same cue elevation I'm going to strike the cue

ball

on the right side and this will cause the keyboard...
of beer off the shooting line to the left let's say our opponent leaves us tough on the eight

ball

if we strike the cue

ball

without spin the cue

ball

will stay on the shooting mine and it doesn't matter for a cue is elevated or level the cue

ball

will always stay on the path it starts out on me but if we use the same aiming line and strike to keep all using left spin we now know the cue

ball

will veer off this line to the right causing a Miss so since I'm using left I'm going to have to adjust my aiming line for my cue

ball

to end up here if I move my ami line to here when the cue

ball

biers to the right it should contact the correct part of the object

ball

so when you're shooting with center center low or center high your cue

ball

will always travel in a straight path even at a long distance or with an elevated cue stick your cue

ball

will still travel in a straight line but once you start using spin the cue

ball

will beer off the aiming line for instance here I'm and left-hand spin which causes the key

ball

to beer to the right and here I'm using right-hand spin which causes the cue

ball

to beer to the left so let's say I need to pocket this

ball

on the side the keyboard needs to contact the object

ball

here so this now becomes our shooting mind and if we were to shoot this shot with center we can shoot straight down this line and pocket the

ball

but if we use right-hand spin this is going to cause the keyboard of beer to the left off the...
shooting line and this is going to cause a mess so if we're going to use right hand spin we need to adjust the shooting line since the cue

ball

is going to be here to the left we need to move our shooting line to the right now when the cue

ball

appears to the left it will strike the object

ball

in the correct spot and later on in the video I'll explain more about how spin changes the cue

ball

path and I also show you some drills that you can do which will really fine-tune your aiming when it comes to using spin but first I'm going to show you something else that happens when using spin as I mentioned when you use spin say left-hand spin it causes the key bought of beer to the right and right hand spin causes the cue

ball

to beer to the left as long as your cue stick is level it doesn't matter what speed you strike the cue

ball

at the cue

ball

will not return to the aiming line but now I'm going to use an elevated cue and not strike the cue

ball

to firmly and we can see the cue

ball

very naughty aiming line but unlike before the cue

ball

is actually curving back to the line and as I increase the elevation of my cue stick the cue

ball

curves even more and actually this time crosses the aiming line let's say in plan eight

ball

and this is the shot I have in the eight I know the cue

ball

needs a straight eight

ball

here to pocket it in the corner if I were to shoot center senator low or center high I can shoot straight down the same in line and pocket the...

ball

but now if I shoot this with right hand spin and shoot down the same in line with a level cue the cue

ball

will veer off the aiming line and miss the shot but if I should easier and the cue stick is elevated then the cue

ball

will beer off the aiming line and begin to curve back to it as demonstrated here and with more acoustic elevation we can see that the key

ball

curves even more causing it to cross the line so when shooting was spent there are several variables you have to keep in mind the first one is the distance between the cue

ball

and object

ball

second is the speed in which you strike the cue

ball

third is the elevation of your acoustic fourth is the amount of spin you use and fifth is the type of shaft you are using and this is why Amy's systems as a rule do not work when using spin there are way too many variables involved for a naming system to be effective and when you are pocketing

ball

s using spin these are shads you have to develop a feel for later on this video I'm going to show you some great drills that will really sharpen your

ball

pocketing when it comes to using spin and there's a misconception out there that strong players use aiming systems to pocket

ball

s as we just learned there are way too many variables involved when shooting a

ball

with spin for an aiming system to be effective and many times when working with students they spend too much time trying to make the immune systems work and lose valuable practice time and as...
demonstrated in secrets to pocketing

ball

s for strong players is automatic for instance here I'm going to run these

ball

s in order without using my cue stick to line up the shot I'll keep my stick within my bridge hand but I can still pocket the

ball

and play position and this is called automatic gaming it comes from hitting the shot enough times to know exactly where you need to strike the

ball

to not only pocket it but also to play position for the next shot and anyone can achieve automatic aiming through practice and

ball

pocketing drills and the truth is players who have played

pool

long enough already have the ability to use automatic aiming for many shots remember your brain is like a computer if you've hit a shot enough times your brain knows exactly where to hit the object

ball

to make it in the pocket and usually the reason these players miss is the either overthinks a shot or they're not confident about positioned for their next

ball

once these players understand the fundamentals of position play and have greater confidence that the cue

ball

is going to go where they wanted to they'll start pocketing

ball

s at a higher percentage rate and later I'll be showing you some

ball

pocketing drills we'll help you get closer to automatic gaming and you have to be careful about trying to copy a top player stroke many top players have a stroke that's evolved over time and it's not the same stroke they started with for instance you'll see...
many strong players steer the cue

ball

when they use left or right spin and this is what I call a controlled steer when an amateur steers the cue

ball

is usually due to a flaw in their stroking motion when a strong player steers the cue

ball

it's a controlled steer it's part of their stroking motion and this happens because they're striking a different part of the cue

ball

than where they were aiming for instance here I may be just above Center on the cue

ball

but when I strike the cue

ball

I'm actually hitting the cue

ball

with low right and I'm not telling myself to strike low right I'm just telling myself where I need to end up for a position these players have shot enough

ball

s that they no longer have to tell themselves where to hit on the cue

ball

to get position it's something that happens automatically and if you do want to emulate a top players stroke try to pick out a top player that has a more orthodox type of stroke when working with students even students who play for a living one common issue that some of them share is not being able to find Center on the cue

ball

when I tell them to place their tip at the center of the cue

ball

it's either to the right or left of center here my student thinks his tip is at the center of the cue

ball

from above we can see that his tip is actually Center left which means when he is shooting Center he is actually applying a little spin to the cue

ball

and just add little amount of spin is enough to...
throw the shot off and as seen here by the time the cue

ball

gets to the object

ball

it has slightly drifted off the line causing a miss this is the reason why many players miss long straight in shots without realizing it they're striking the cue

ball

off center with left or right spin and this is going to alter their cue

ball

path more than the most important building blocks have becoming a strong player is being able to find Center on the cue

ball

so in the next section we'll go through some drills that will really help you get consistent as striking Center on the cue

ball

in this drill place the object

ball

bought a diamond away from the core pocket then place the 9-

ball

about a quarter of diamond away from the object

ball

on the same pocket line the goal of this drill is to shoot Center on the nine

ball

so the nine

ball

stops when it strikes the object

ball

and as explained the secrets to when we strike the key

ball

using Center with a firm stroke the cue

ball

was slide before it begins rolling if the cue

ball

strikes an object

ball

full when sliding the cue

ball

loses all its energy and stops the reason we're using the nine

ball

is to see if we are miss hitting the center of the cue

ball

for instance if I accidentally strike the cue

ball

with center right or center left we can see the nine

ball

spinning after contacting the object

ball

we also want the number nine on top of the

ball

when the nine

ball

stops the number nine should still be the top in this area...
you may get a little bit of movement which is normal but any large movements of the number nine means the cue

ball

was struck incorrectly and keep shooting the shot until you can consistently strike the nine

ball

in the center another great drill to help you find Center is to place the cue

ball

directly across from the second diamond on the side rail shoot the cue board the second diamond hitting Center is struck correctly the cue

ball

should return back to your tip area if you have any spin at all on the cue

ball

it will leave the rail at an angle once you get consistent at this move on to the full table version put the cue

ball

on the spot and name it the second diamond on the in rail the keyboard should return to your tip area keep practicing these drills until you can consistently strike the cue

ball

center with no spin I'm playing nine

ball

my opponent has left me safe on the one I don't have a really good kick in the one

ball

and if I miss the one and give them

ball

on hand he just needs to pocket the one and two

ball

and play the three-nine combination to win the game so in this situation I'm going to pocket the nine

ball

but at the same time I'm going to try and tie up a

ball

now my opponent will have a lot more work to do to win the game in this next do-or-die shot see if you can figure out how to pocket the eight

ball

our opponent has left us here surrounded by the solids and it looks like a pretty dire situation okay in this layout since the cue...

ball

is close to the side rail it's not that difficult to jump over the obstructing

ball

s try to gauge what angle you'll need to get to the eight

ball

you'll be striking this shot a little above center and when the cue

ball

is close to the rail with a little practice it's not that difficult to hop over

ball

s the Shattuck wires a little resection with an angled cue shoot a little above Center and try not to over hit the shot if you do over hit the shot the cue

ball

will head straight down table is shown here which makes for another interesting shot in this example I'm on the nine

ball

and eight

ball

is at the other end of the table if I cut the nine

ball

in the cue

ball

will run into the solids leaving me tough on the eight

ball

but since the nine

ball

is close to the rail I just need to angle my cue and strike above Center I concentrate on a short backstroke and accelerating through the cue

ball

and shots like this try not to over hit the shot and remember this type of shot takes a little bit of practice to get the feel for this is definitely a type of shot that you had to practice before trying it in a game it doesn't require much power just a nice short stroke and good acceleration through the cue

ball

we're now going to discuss high and low action and this is all about striking the cue

ball

easier but getting more action out of it for instance in this example we're playing a game of eight

ball

we need to play a position for the eight

ball

in...
this area the problem is that the cue

ball

is only about one pull

ball

away from our last

ball

now since both

ball

s are extremely close to each other when most players attempt to pocket the

ball

on the side and follow the cue

ball

their key

ball

doesn't go anywhere or it only travels a few inches and here is why this shot is so difficult for most players as we get down in the shot from our perspective it looks like we're hitting way above Center but if we zoom in on the side of the cue

ball

we can now see the problem when you are a man above sinner the only part of the tip that is making contact with the key

ball

is the bottom of the tip so although from the players vantage point looks like the tip is well above center the tip is actually striking the cue

ball

near the center which is why they're not getting very much forward roll now if I have them aim a lot higher in the cue

ball

we now see that the tip is going to make contact with the cue

ball

way up here and this is going to generate high action so watch what happens when I strike the cue

ball

this high right away you can see that the cue

ball

has extra energy and it now travels to the position area so when you strive to keep all this high with a nice stroke you're creating more revolutions on the cue

ball

and this is going to give it extra energy this extra energy makes it easier to move the cue

ball

around the table for instance here I'm only striking the cue

ball

a little above Center we can see...
that the cue

ball

in urging a fter impact but now be striking the cue

ball

much higher creating high action and you can see that the key

ball

has plenty of energy and you can even use high action on shots where the cue

ball

only needs to travel a few inches it shouts I require high action come up almost every game for instance I'll be using high action when I shoot this one

ball

to play position on the two

ball

and once you get used to using high action your speed and accuracy will improve dramatically now I'll use high action to shoot the three

ball

and come off the rail for the four

ball

and later on in the video we'll be discussing positional play with high action along with how to roll the cue

ball

into position which I'm doing with these shots and as we get more into position play you'll start to learn how angles move the cue

ball

around the table and once you start playing correct angle is it takes a lot less effort to put that cue

ball

where you want it for instance in these shots I'm just shooting hard enough to pocket the

ball

and my cue

ball

rolls into position for my next shot now on the seven

ball

I'll be using high action to force the cue

ball

toward the side rail and down to the in rail for shape on the eight and here's a drill that's really going to help you get comfortable using the high action place an object

ball

near the corner pocket then place the cue

ball

about a half diamond away from the object

ball

on the same...
pocket line now you not only have to pocket the

ball

but you have to follow it into the pocket with the cue

ball

and you should be able to perform this shot with a nice soft stroke using high action it also requires a very precise hit otherwise the cue

ball

is not going to follow the object

ball

into the pocket so keep practicing until you're comfortable using a high action once you get consistent at this distance gradually start moving your cue

ball

back also practice putting the cue

ball

about one

ball

away from the object

ball

and still try to follow it into the pocket remember to perform this shot correctly it's stroke not power and there are a lot of shots that come up that you can only do with high action for instance let's say you want to slow roll the three-

ball

in the corner so you can get shaped for the eight

ball

but the table you're playing on is in very level so your cue

ball

may roll off the shooting line if you shoot too easy in this case you can try shooting with high action and a firm stroke the high action kills the cue

ball

once it hits the rail in the shadow I'm on the ten

ball

but playing position on the eight

ball

will be difficult since I need to shoot it in the same pocket as the ten

ball

but using high action I can shoot the ten in and have a cue

ball

return to where it is now for position on me in this game of 8-

ball

I'm on my last

ball

but I'm on the wrong side of the pocket line but just using high action I can force the...
cue

ball

to this area for shape on the eighth and watch the cue

ball

s reaction after striking the rail another benefit of high action is it enables the keyboard to move through obstacle

ball

s for position for instance in this shot I'm on the 14 and I need to end up here for the 8 but once I strike the 40

ball

the cue

ball

will run into the 7 if the cue

ball

has high action it's going to drive through the 7

ball

for my position on the 8 and here's another example of driving through an obstacle

ball

with high action I need to end up here for the 8

ball

after pocketing the 14 so I'll need high action on the cue

ball

to drive through the 2

ball

and get my position on the 8

ball

now we're going to be discussing low action and a lot of players have issues when it comes to drawing the cue

ball

in the latest installment of pulls biggest secrets we recreate 8

ball

run out from the top players in the world we break down each run-out shot by shot so you can get a better understanding of why they chose stripes or solids we then go through several offensive and defensive strategies that strong players use when playing 8

ball

next we discuss mistakes almost everyone makes when jumping

ball

s and I'll show you an easier way to aim your jumps we're also going to discuss how to perform masse shots which is essential to becoming a strong player I'm also going to show you mistakes that almost everyone makes one break in the

ball

s next we're going to go through...
9

ball

run outs by the top players in the world we'll analyze each run-out shot by shot so you can get a better idea of why they chose the pattern they did this is an in-depth analysis of how top players move the cue

ball

around the table this video covers not just stroke fundamentals but also the fundamentals of position play to reach a high level this is information you need to know and by the time you're done with this video you'll be moving that cue

ball

around the table easier than you ever have before we're also going to go through 8-

ball

9-

ball

safeties as well as the 35 top safeties played by the best players in the world this 5 hour video is jam-packed and it's all designed to get you to that next level quicker than you ever thought possible available now on DVD or downloads at WWE exit billiards calm you