The basics of billiards (simplified)

billiards ballsSo before you go making a fool out of yourself when attempting to play billiards, you should probably read this basic explanation of how to perform a simple shot in the game.  This isn’t going to make it so you can hustle people, but rather make it so you can actually compete with your buddies when you come upon a pool table.

The first thing that should be done in your pre-shot routine is to have a plan.  Check out where the ball is and plan what ball you are going to try and knock into a pocket, and then figure out just how you are going to hit it in order for it to get in the pocket.  Take into consideration the ball’s environment, what balls are next to it, and whose they actually are; you don’t want to hit the wrong ball into a pocket!

The next part of the pre-shot routine is your aim and alignment.  After you have planned out your shot, you need to decide where your line of aim.  All you need to do is to line your body and feet up with the direction you want the ball to go, not where you align your cue.

This will vary depending on what type of shot you take.  Like if you want to make the ball go at an angle and you can’t get into the position where you can hit it directly.  In that case, you would want to hit the ball on the opposite side of where you want it to go, yet your feet would be in the direction of where your ball is supposed to go.

That’s pretty much it.  All you have to do is line up the cue and take your shot.  There isn’t much to it other than some minor mechanics.