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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. I said something about it being hard to aim my stick on such a thin part of the cue ball while not looking at it and he looked at me like I was crazy and said I should look at the cue ball.

So I did that and it turns out I can draw the cueball but now I can't make the shots since my eyes aren't on the object ball! I guess it will just take practice. Find all posts by jdxprs. It depends on the shot. When bridging over a ball or shooting off the rail I look at the cue ball last. Most shooters look at the object ball last. Earl Strickland has been quoted as saying he looks at the cue ball last.

I have tried both ways with good success. Originally Posted by jdxprs. Find all posts by nathandumoulin. If you're lined up on your shot correctly, you can look at the cue ball last. Originally Posted by nathandumoulin. Eften Reyes and Rodney Morris look at the cue ball last Rodney told me this personally.

There is no right or wrong. It's a question of preference. Originally Posted by Magyar Originally Posted by naji. Once you go down correctly and done your aiming the right way and finished warmups, it does not matter where you look, you are locked in like a laser missile, you can close your eyes even much better will make focus on your stroke but you wouldn't know what happens , you have to pull very slowly, and smooth follow through.

Do not ignore even a tenth of an inch. Learn you habits bad or good. Good luck. I used to look at the CB last when I shot and did it for years. I took a 10 year layoff and when I came back I immediately switched to looking at the OB last like I never did it the other way.

Originally Posted by TheThaiger. Ahhh, so that's your secret - playing with your eyes closed. I am suprised to hear so many pros look at the cue ball last. It is the object ball I look at last as my setup and bridge lock in my contact point with the cueball. The break shot is the exception. If you are looking at the ob last you need to check your aim and make sure you stay focused on where you aim.

You can't focus on the entire ball but at a specific spot. Other wise you will subconsciously make adjustments. Which ever way you choose to look at last you will have to stay focused on a specific spot and aim properly.

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Cue Ball last or Object Ball last?

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.

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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.

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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.

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If you are just beginning to use side spin english or are trying to teach a beginner to use it, you have almost certainly noticed that the required aiming is different. Usually the problem is that you need to compensate for squirt sometimes called deflection. The cue ball does not start out moving parallel to the cue stick when you use side spin, but instead moves off that line along some angle that can be as large as four degrees, and the stick needs to be turned the same number of degrees in the other direction to get the aim right. Most players learn to compensate for squirt subconsciously; they just aim over some so the cue ball lands where it needs to. Often these players are completely unaware that they are compensating, and might even think their stick is parallel to the line the cue ball takes.

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.

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. The next sections below will describe the different spins and the effect that they will have on the cue 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.

JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. What should we be doing with our eyes as we shoot? The generally accepted wisdom here is that we should be looking at the object ball or rail target as we strike the CB. The exceptions are elevated shots and break shots, where you might benefit from looking at the CB last.

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You're welcome to join our Facebook group: Snooker. All you have to do now is pot balls! Knowing how to pot a ball is something you either have or you do not have. Of course practice can help but you really need an eye for it. When walking to the table after your opponent has missed it seems he has left you an easy pot on a straight red followed by an easier black. You get down and miss the red! How frustrating. I have done this so many times and so do many people.

Jul 14, - I look at the object ball last on the vast majority of shots, but when there's a lot of distance between CB and OB, or OB and pocket, I look at the cue ball on cue ball or object ball at contact?: billiards - Reddit.

You'll learn on this page how to determine the angle to pocket the ball. In fact, you will find out where the point of impact is located on object ball. If your impact point is to the right, then your angle is to the left.

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Almira asked: Hey! I'm from Turkey! I was wondering how can I make snooker more popular and noticeable in Turkey? We don't have any events or competitions here, but, even so, I'm really trying to make it popular.

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! Many, not all, pool pros instead aim directly for the contact point on the object ball--despite the geometric fact that dictates that the ghost ball method is the correct line of aim and that contact point aim will bring a miss.

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