Do you look at cue ball or object ball
Or perhaps you just fancy beating one of your cocky mates a little more than you currently do. The goal? To spread the balls out across the table and, preferably, pot one of them. You can then stay on the table and continue with your break. Fail to pot from the break and you allow your opponent in. Two things to consider — power and technique.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: How To Aim Using Side Spin
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Snooker Coaching – Striking the Ball
The video above was something I started doing in the 90's. I posted this video five years ago that demonstrates perfectly how cueing is separate from potting.. The issue I see with a very high percentage of players who are struggling to get into regular 40 breaks, is that they are simply WAY too focused on 'potting the ball'. That is the purpose of snooker, right?! This sounds obvious, but to the subconscious mind who wants so desperately to pot the ball In all the drills below, the idea is to develop an appreciation of how you strike the cue ball in these drills, and how you hit the ball when an object ball is in the way.
I recommend you do these drills and then immediately do a few minutes regular potting practice to feel if there is a difference in your cue delivery. You can then gradually advance your ability to cue correctly no matter the difficulty of the shot. This involves watching somebody play down at the local club.
The objective is to practice watching the object ball from impact until it stops moving, or goes in the pocket. This gets your eyes into the habit of watching the ball properly. Which, amazingly to most, is more important than potting the ball. Without learning the correct object ball paths by watching them, and without the mandatory result feedback, our learning of potting angles is very heavily reduced - which is why most club players never improve.
Ideally we want to look NOT at the light reflections on the ball, and NOT the shadows under the ball, rather at a point on the equator of the ball furthest from the pocket. The other main way is to imagine a ghost cue ball against the object ball lined such that both ghost ball and object ball line up with the pocket. However, exactly where you look on the object ball to visualize either method above is not that important as long as your method is consistent and as long as you spend the correct amount of eye time on each ball.
So, the eye patterns simply 'gather data' on the shape of the shot to help us confirm if our aim is wrong or not. This is because they have done their aiming before they get down, and aiming the object ball is a waste of time anyway unless you are sure your tip is in the middle of the cue ball assuming no side is needed. The more we are certain the tip is in the centre of the cue ball, and that the cue is moving straight and smoothly the easier it is to aim.
If you look at the object ball too much you cannot confirm these cueing qualities in your peripheral vision as well as if looking at the cue ball. Start with very short range pots and gradually increase the distances.
Most players are amazed how much they can pot with only their peripheral vision, which by inference demonstrates that where they look on which ball is just the icing on the cake and not the be all and end all of aiming. Spread a few balls around the table, and select random angles at which to send the cue ball onto the object ball. Your target is to do of these with a straight delivery. You are NOT allowed to aim the object ball, try to pot the ball, or try to send the ball to any specific part of a cushion.
The idea is simply: Learn to hit the ball where your cue is pointing, and watch the object ball until it stops moving. This teaches yourself what object ball paths result from which aims. Set up a blue in the middle with a potting angle that is difficult for you — for most players this is toward half ball and beyond.
Play all shots just above centre cue ball so as not to worry about position , and pocket speed so that it just reaches the pocket to keep cueing easy and give your eyes more time to learn the object ball paths for certain aims.
It is OK to make your best guess with your aim, cue perfectly straight and miss. In fact, that is your default expectation from every shot — that you will play the shot to the best of your ability, accept you may miss anyway, watch the result, and when you miss simply learn about where you should have aimed better or how you should have cued better. The pot is just a bonus….
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Applying spin to the cue ball
In the last two weeks we have looked at both your stance and how to bridge correctly to provide the stability needed for more accurate shots. Now we can expand upon that and look at the procedure for striking the ball. There are two parts to this, first you need to sight the ball correctly to ensure you form your stance in the right place, then you need to deliver the cue in a smooth and straight line to give yourself the best possible chance of playing the intended shot. To line up a ball you need to place your leading leg in line with the cue ball and the object ball. Once in this position it is important to sight the shot and assess the angles required to make it a reality before you get down on the table to play it.
I was a high jumper in high school and college. Not a good one. Before I started competing I scissored about 5 feet. Com'on I was a kid for crying out loud.
What Do We Look At? – A Pool Odyssey with Mark Finkelstein
One of the things that is not mentioned too much when talking about the fundamentals of playing good pool is where to look. We have the cue ball, the pocket, the object ball and the location we want the cue ball to end up at to focus on. How do we organize our vision to make the most of what we are seeing? The first aspect of vision is for concentration. When we are playing pool seriously, keeping your eyes on the table at all times is the path to better concentration.
Click here to design your USA Pool. Of course striking the cue ball between these positions will give you a greater variation but this will be discussed later in this article. You should also remember that the power you apply to the shot will affect the amount of spin you manage to achieve hence the need to practice so that you can strike the ball confidently and get the right result.
Where Should I Be Looking During My Stroke?
Have you been trying to improve your billiards game? The ghost ball method for pool requires you to imagine the cue ball's position at impact along the line of centers--the cue ball pinned on the optimum line through the object ball that drives the target ball to the pocket. Most pool pros do not consciously use this method of aim!SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: TECHNIQUE - Eye Cue Action Two Styles
Mark Forums Read. Do you look at the cue ball or object ball when shooting? Status: Offline. Ok, I thought everyone looked at the object ball until tonight. But I just got back from my friend's house and I was talking about how I have trouble drawing the ball. He watched me shoot and said I was elevating my cue at the last second.
Aiming Secrets of Pool Geometry
This is a great topic for discussion! Of course, this is supposed to be an instructional article, not a thread on a forum. Well, I was just reading a thread of comments on the Main Forum on azbilliards. It started out with someone posting his results and conclusions after doing some experimenting with looking at the cue ball last, just before he shoots the cue ball. His conclusion, after trying it for over 2 weeks, was that he improved his shot making and his cue ball control. Wow, did that ever get some people riled up.
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