4 Ways to Play Pool Like a Pro

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4 Ways to Play Pool Like a Pro
4 Ways to Play Pool Like a Pro

To play pool like a pro, you need a good putter, fluid movement and an accurate aim. Whether you are a casual player or want to succeed, this article will give you the basic tools you need to improve at snooker.


Method 1 of 4: Keeping a Proper Shape

Play Pool Like a Pro Step 1

Step 1. Observe your hand posture

  • Hold the broad end of the club in your dominant hand and palm up. Find the point on which he balances and place your hand 2-3 centimeters back.
  • Make a circle with the thumb and forefinger of your other hand. Pass the club through the circle and rest it on your middle finger, behind the joint. Spread your little, ring, and middle fingers to create a tripod-shaped stand.
  • Place the outer edge of your hand flat on the table and the other raised a little higher.

Step 2. Put yourself in the correct posture

  • The foot on the same side as the non-dominant hand should be further forward.
  • Put the other foot approximately two feet behind the front.
  • Rotate the body slightly off the table so it doesn't interfere with the shot.
  • Get close to the table, but not too close. It's important to have room to lean over and have more control.
  • Proper form requires the club to be just under the chin during the swing. When comparing the posture of a professional player to that of a novice, you will notice that he is always with his head down, "at ball height" and with the club just under his chin.

Method 2 of 4: The Putt

Step 1. Apply chalk to the tip of the putter before every shot, as if you were brushing it

Avoid rotating it during application.

Step 2. Hold the putter parallel to the table for maximum control

Step 3. Gradually accelerate as you approach the ball

Imagine that you are running your arm through the water of a swimming pool instead of simply giving an object a quick swipe. The long shot gives the ball more momentum.

Step 4. Keep the accompaniment straight and relaxed

The club must continue its course and almost touch the table in front of the starting position of the ball, without slowing down until it hits it.

Step 5. Stay in the low stance after the shot

It allows you to analyze the angle of the ball and the direction of all others that are hit, as well as ensuring that it will not cause an accidental deflection due to irregular movement.

Step 6. Practice the putt without touching the ball until you get used to the movement

Method 3 of 4: Improving the Aim

Step 1. Imagine an invisible ball next to the one you want to pocket

Step 2. Place the club above the target

Rotate the club at an angle, creating a parallel line that runs just above the numbered ball to the pocket.

Step 3. Retract the club from above and place the end on the table, where the center of the invisible ball (which was imagined next to the real one) will be

Keep the angle made in alignment between the ball and the pocket.

Step 4. Keep the tip of the club on the table

Pull the rest to the right or left until it's finally positioned over the cue ball. You now have the angle you want to hit to pocket the numbered ball.

Step 5. Set up the shot at the calculated angle

Hit the center of the cue ball, making contact with the numbered ball.

Step 6. Start playing with the other hand all the time until, at some point, you become ambidextrous

This process decreases your chances of winning in the current game, but increases them in future games. In certain cases, in snooker, you need a shot that is at a rather uncomfortable angle with the dominant hand - on the other hand, the other hand will improve more quickly for these situations if you use it constantly instead of just occasionally.. In fact, transferring skills from task to task with the non-dominant hand will go much faster if you get used to doing everything with it instead of just sticking to snooker, something that happens in any other activity.

Method 4 of 4: Choosing a Good Club

Step 1. Feel the base of the club

  • Choose a bigger base if you have big hands or a smaller base if you have small hands. The most important thing is to find something you are comfortable with.
  • If your hands are often sweaty, go for something lined with linen for better absorption. Otherwise, choose leather or no coating.

Step 2. Look at the tip

Most tips have a diameter of 12 to 13 millimeters. Although the most common size is 13mm, the smaller tip can make the bridge position more comfortable for people with small hands.

Step 3. Assess the tip narrowing

It maintains its diameter for approximately 25 to 40 centimeters before narrowing towards the sole. A smaller nip results in more firmness in the shot.

Step 4. Know the weight of the club

Most players choose something between 540 and 570 grams.

Step 5. Note the length of the club

Most of them are 145 to 150 centimeters long, but it is possible to order products in special sizes.

Step 6. Choose the sole of the club

This part is usually made in leather, with a rating that goes from medium to hard. A tight sole will give you better control of the ball.

Step 7. Check that there are no loose parts

Any loose sections will absorb the energy of the shots and impair your ability to hit the ball successfully.


  • Find an instructor and train your basic technique. Getting good advice in advance can help you avoid frustration as well as teach you how to get the most out of the game. You'll even have the advantage of correcting negative habits that could develop in your snooker career.
  • Don't surrender to defeatism. Technique is important, but the most crucial thing is to remain calm and mentally focused.


  • Many of the clubs present in high traffic places are already damaged or warped due to cheap materials and excessive use.
  • Avoid betting with strangers. They can "encourage" your game by looking like bad players. Once the bet is placed, however, they will suddenly demonstrate exceptional techniques that will lead to their defeat.

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