Pool players, no matter what their skill level, will sometimes make simple mistakes that can cost them an important game. But what’s heartening is that to raise your level of the game, you don’t need to be a perfectionist, if you follow certain tips diligently. If you want to improve your game, take heed of the following steps and your skills will improve.
Buy Your Own Cue
Buying your own cue will make your shots more consistent and allow you to develop a certain “feel” when you take your shooting position. Having your own cue will enable you to find your balance and keep it while you’re shooting.
Don’t Raise Your Stick
One of the biggest mistakes many pool players make is raising their stick after a shot. Just as in any other shooting sport, your follow through will be what guides your ball. Keep your stick low and your shot steady.
If you want to improve your game, challenge yourself with shots that are more difficult for you to make. If long shots are the most difficult, practice those the most when you have free time. The same is true for carom and bank shots.
Get Your Head in the Game
Billiards is a game of both strategy and skill. Always try and figure out what your next shot will be. Keep your head in the game and you will be able to pick your shots well in advance.
Learn the Benefits of English
Learn how to use English to guide your ball in a specific direction. It’s not a difficult task to master, but when you finally understand how it works, you will be able to hit a wider variety of shots.
Improve Your Bank Shots
Practice your bank shots and get to a point where you can visualize the shot before you take it. If you need to, use your cue to line up your shot before you take it. This works especially well for long or cross table shots.
Try a Softer Shot
Practice soft shots. A simple tap may be all you need to make an important shot.
With a little practice, these tips can help you improve your game and enhance your table performance.