Learn How to Play Pool Like A Pro - Lesson 2 Mastering Billiards Cue Ball Angle Control

Updated on May 1, 2012

The first lesson in this series was on speed control.

If you are a novice and have not read it, go back now and catch up here. Now, that every one is with me, you have developed your ability to control the amount of power you impart into the object ball. That's useless you say? No, it is crucial. Mastering your speed control will now allow you to be confident when you are approaching the cue ball when playing pool and billiards. The next element that we will discuss is object ball contact angle.

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Robert Clinton

6 years ago from Greensboro, NC

Tx for the comments guys. Dipless, your comment is especially appreciated. Avan, I understand the principles of deflection, but have always used the term "throw" when explaining it to new players. The concept is easier to grasp. That's why it's in quotations. However, you are correct. The proper term for the cue leaving it's path when it is struck is called deflection.

• avan989

6 years ago from maryland

Yea your post is really interest and accurate for the most part. There is a couple of things I would like to comment on that is a little off. Most beginners who try to do English miss not because of "throw", its deflection. Although throw does have a part in it, but the amount of throw is so little compare to deflection. Deflection results because of the cue pushing the cue ball aside as you hit left or right. Throw is the changing of intended path due to the spinning. That why a lot of people buy low-deflection shaft(cheap low deflection can cost 180 dollar, high end low-deflection can cost 250). A majority of shot is miss because of deflection, even in professional level. Your post for the most part is correct and a really good guide for beginners who are learning the game.

• dipless

6 years ago from Manchester

Interesting hub, pool is a game i never really been good at but this has been an interesting read thank you for sharing :)

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