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How to Use Side Spin in Pool

Learn how to use side spin from pool trick shot champion Andy Segal in this Howcast video.


Hi! I am Andy the magic man Segal I am here at Willow Billiards in Hoboken at New Jersey, doing some trick shots and pool instruction. So if you are ready let us get started. For side spin you have to understand a concept called running and reverse English. Running English is English that helps the Cue ball around the table and reverse English is English that checks the Cue ball up and stops it from going around the table. So for example, if I am going around the table this way, from my point of view it is going around to the left; so I want to use left English. So the cue ball is going to be spinning this way it is going to hit the rail and it is going to help it around the table. And like this. If I were to use the opposite English, the right English that is checking English or Reverse English and we will see that the cue ball does something a little different. You see how it checks up? It does not go around the table like it is supposed to be. Now running English is helpful because it allows the cue ball to go around the table more easily and it does not, you don't have to hit the balls hard. For example, if I wanted to get a nice shot at the eight ball, I would shoot the 15 ball in the pocket, 1:2 quotients, so I am going to use right English, running English and the cue ball would come over here. And I am left with a good shot on the 8. Now the other important thing is to know when you are drawing the cue ball back the English is reverse, so if I want the cue ball, if I want the cue ball here to come back and I want the cue ball to go to the right afterwards, I am actually going to put left English on the ball because left English from this direction is left English from this direction but from this direction the cue ball is actually going to go left not right, so what I am going to do is I am going to put left English on the cue ball closing it to spin this way and then it hits the rail and kicks off to the right. So you have to reverse it when you put a back spin on the ball and it goes to the right so left English makes it go to the right when you are drawing back into a cut.

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