The Technique to Aiming

There are a few things to keep in mind when aiming a shot. Before you start lining up a shot you need to look at the table and assess all your options.

 

Many times people will overlook a perfect shot simply do to their hastiness, but this is easily avoided with a little bit of patients.  Keep in mind where the cue ball is going to end up after the shot, and whether or not it is going to be in a good position for a second shot.

 

Only after you have assessed the table and found the proper shot, try imagining the path of the shot before you even shoot it.  Picture the trajectory of the ball before you even start swinging the cue stick.

 

Draw an imaginary line in your head that goes straight from the object ball to the intended end point.  This line should pass directly through the center of the object ball.

 

Follow this imaginary line to a point where it intersects the object ball, this will be the point where you must make contact.  Now you are going to have to practice lining the cue ball up with this point on the object ball.

 

Imagine the exact point on the cue ball that is going to make contact with object ball, doing this will be pretty hard because you will be behind the cue ball but with time you will start to be able to visualize it.  The point is to get the cue ball to make contact with the object ball while still staying within that line that was originally drawn in the imagination.

 

To help with lining the cue ball with the object ball you will want to start aiming with your dominant eye.  It sounds silly, but many people are not aware of which is their dominant eye and this can prove disadvantageous to their recreational pursuits.

 

95 percent of people have a dominant eye, so make sure you are using yours. Using your less dominant eye is going to make lining the shot more difficult than it should be and using both eyes is going to give you a poor perspective on the shot, so start using your good eye to make those more difficult shots.

 

The last thing to remember is proper stance.  Hold the back of the stick over your hip and step out to the side with your front leg, doing this will allow you to lean low into the shot.