Giles Martin fitted this for Mark and has made a very neat job of burnishing the tip edges to protect the shape of the tip and help prevent mushrooming. Again we can see that this is s standard dome type snooker tip shape. On the side the tip has been burnished to prevent mushrooming and it does make the tip look neater. It shows how small the tip playing area is when you look at the chalk. It is actually a standard domed tip shape with burnished edges to help protect the tip from mushrooming, looks like a nice size snooker tip.
The product is already in the wishlist! Cue Sold - Awaiting New Stock. Snooker and Cue Sports Blog. Snooker and Billiards Club Finder. What I discovered very late in my pool career is how to incorporate "feel" into the process. Here is how I do it:. Drift to the left until you are sure the aim is slightly off, then drift to the right until your senses tell you that you've gone too far. Continue going back and forth a little less each time while you zero in on the point between the two extremes by using your sense of feel.
This should provide the correct aiming line and, with experience, will train your mind to automatically compensate for applied English, swerve, and the other subtleties. Eventually, aiming systems will be replaced by your finely honed subconscious experience. When I taught myself how to play 40 years ago there were no videos to watch. I read every one of them. I knew all the techniques.
I knew the technique and the factors on how to do amazing combos, throws, trick shots, and of course play shape. I knew English, and masse shots. I knew about over cuts and under cuts. On top of that, I was a math and engineering major so I understood angles, geometry, physics, etc. I learned to play really well, winning collegiate tournaments, weekly spending money, was able to hold a bar table all night, and I played a public exhibition match against Joe Balsis.
He won, but I made a few amazing shots. Through all of this the two most important things were practice and feel. You have to practice for hours and hours. And you can study angles and look at diagrams all you want, but you have to see and feel your shot. You have to take into account how you strike the cue ball, how it will move across the table, what spin and throw will be imparted to the object ball, and how the object ball will move after getting hit by the cue ball.
You have to be able to look at a shot, and see and feel how it must play out. And you have to practice enough to be able to execute your visiualization. There are no significant shortcuts. Yes you have to understand the physics, but you have to be able to visualize your shots and shot sequences, and you have to be able to execute.
You can't expect to run a table by mechanically calculating shots like you are a robot on an assembly line. Be willing to study for sure, but put in so much practice time that your cue stick and what it does becomes an extension of your eyes, mind, arms and hands.
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How do you calculate what angle to hit a pool ball? There are two popular aiming methods Ghost and Fraction both provide a good baseline, but do not account for all the variables. Ghost ball is the literal top down method. If I were you, I'd make sure that I hit the white right in the center not adding any rotation if unwanted. Practice for 2h a day for 6 months that will be a good start for building your confidence, then the angles will start to come naturally. And make sure that you look for some beginner videos on YouTube it will help you a lot.
Stand directly behind the object ball - looking directly at where you want the ball to go. The point of the object ball that is closest to you is where you want the cue ball to make contact. Make a perfect plant by putting another ball right in front of the object ball.
You'll want to hit the ball you put in front full on the face. Once you've got this, you can remove the second ball and replace it with an 'imaginary' ball you still want to hit full in the face. If you do this correctly, the ball goes in. I usually stand in a direct line with the object ball and the pocket and visualise hitting the object ball dead centre and straight into the pocket. I then make a mental note of where I was going to hit the object ball and then aim the white into that spot.
To be honest, I just look at it and "line it up". I don't have a particular technique. I was always good at angles anyway, so it's simple to see where I have to aim.
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