How do you improve your skills in pool?

Philippines
April 19, 2012 11:13pm CST
I am one of those guys whom you may consider as average level when talking about playing pool. Now we know that there are many professional pool masters who can really rack all the balls in one session, without giving the opponent a chance to play. This is a talent only to the most gifted. I'm only into the 'how to improve my skllls more' so that when another opportunity for me to play pool comes, I would be winning a lot more. Anyone has good tips on how to improve one's ability in pool?
4 responses
• Japan
20 Apr 12
Hi cutiecute, hahaha Ima call you cutie cat cuz of your avatar I love playing pool and to tell you I used not to play pool before because I don't know how to play or hold the cue stick but due to my will and my friends demand to play with them. I actually learned it from them teaching me and myself had improvement playing it. I play quite a lot when I was first learning and I would say that I am now a good player but not a pool master. I already had the chance to play pool with " The Black Widow" Janet Lee when she visited Japan and it was really tough to play with her. She's an ultimate pool master for me and it inspired me even more to practice and be good in playing pool
• Philippines
21 Apr 12
Wow, I didn't know you play almost professional or maybe professional pool, kyle2krystel! Anyway I love it when you call me cutiecute...I feel like it's me you're telling it to and not my avatar. lol. Anyway, you do look very pretty in your avatar picture :) I have seen The Black Widow before on tv and she looks sexy and I think she was wearing a tight black rubber costume, if I remember correctly. It would be really cool if I heard from the news someday that you have become a popular pool player...maybe if I visit Japan someday you can teach me :)
• Japan
22 Apr 12
hahaha No no no I am not going to be pro in playing pool haha I would say it's only my hubbies but not a pro but yeah I love and got addicted in playing pool after learning. You're right she wear tight all black costume and she's pretty, she taught us some tricks but really hard for a beginner like me and she speak English pretty good too. I would love to teach if you're in Japan but yea planning to move again soon
@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
21 Apr 12
To really improve your skills, you’ll need to play the game. If you are just starting out, it’s best to start playing at your own pace. Avoid playing with other people who are more skilled than you. Doing so could cause you embarrassment and give you a bad feeling toward pool. Instead, try playing with others who are just learning the game also. Once you get some experience under your belt, now would be a good time to find another player who is better than you. By doing this, it’s forcing you to raise your game to their level in order to compete with them. Another way to increase your skills is to go to a pool hall and watch how other people play. This will help you learn some new skills to playing pool. There are some players that will even lend you some advice on playing pools. They might even teach you the tricks to making the shot and what to look for. If not, then just watch how they make the shot. Pool is all about strategies and the only way to improve your game is by playing it. Once you play it for a while, you’ll get a better understanding of the game and what ball is the right one to hit, where to stand at the table, and so on.
• Philippines
21 Apr 12
I'm not good at billiards but I also am not a beginner though. You have pointed out a lot of good ways to get better in billiards...more practice is of one the most important, but also watching good players probably inspire me to improve my game more. It really makes playing pool more fun if you can do those trick shots. You said there are strategies in pool...are they about ball placement and how to play with a particular type of player? All I know is that generally in all sports, there are different types of players and therefore we should play each of them differently depending on their style of play, their strengths and their weaknesses. Anyway, thanks for all the great tips :)
• Philippines
20 Apr 12
I also love billiards/pool. I always focus on the different spins that I can put on the cue ball. Study the different spins and english. Practice makes permanence.
• Philippines
21 Apr 12
Yes, I think learning the spins is one of the most important skills needed to go to the next level, right? The only spins I know of are the ones hitting either the middle left or right side of the ball. Many professionals I see on tv hit the lower left or right part of the ball, I guess with underspin included. I also see amazing shots like making the ball jump when they needed to hit a ball but another ball is in front of it...it's amazing how often they make that shot and even hit the ball in the pocket.
@riempie9 (1024)
• South Africa
2 Jul 12
You increase your skills in the pool by just staying in the water all day and just coming out to eat or use the toilet. Kids in South Africa love swimming and can be in a pool or the sea all day. They all have different ways of swimming, but they get across the pool. My late mother's house has a pool and we had many fun and interesting times with family and friends.