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What's more fun that drinking booze in a bar? Mixing alcohol with the bar games in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- A pool table
- Pool balls
- A rack
- A pool cue
Watch the pros
Spend some time watching pool tournaments. See what tricks you can pick up from studying the pros.
Chalk your cue
Chalk your cue before each shot, holding the chalk at a slight angle as you gently brush it onto the tip. Don't chalk from side to side, and don't spin the tip into the chalk.
Line up the shot
While getting into your shooting stance, line up the shot with your chin.
Keep the cue level
Hold the cue as level as possible. The forearm of your dominant hand should be at a 90-degree angle to the floor.
Straighten your head
Make sure your head is pointing straight ahead. Amateurs tend to tilt their head in the direction of their dominant eye, which throws off their aim.
Pull your arm back slowly
As you begin your shot, pull your arm back slowly and steadily, as if you were drawing back a bow and arrow.
Keep the cue steady as you hit the ball, and stay in position until the ball (hopefully!) falls into a pocket.