How to Make a Cut Shot in Pool

Learn how to make cut shots from pool trick shot champion Andy Segal in this Howcast video.

Transcript

Hi, I'm Andy, the "Magic Man" Segal. I'm here at Willow Billiards in Hoboken, New Jersey doing some trick shots and pool instruction. So if you're ready, lets get started. All right, a lot of people struggle with shots that aren't straight in. Now I'm going to show you a simple technique to eyeball how to aim a shot that's straight, that's not straight in. I'm going to try to make the 5 ball in the side. So I would normally have to shoot the 5 this way with the Q ball, but I don't know exactly where to aim. Now a lot of people and go like this, find a spot on the 5 that goes directly into the pocket and then aim at that spot. Well that actually doesn't work. You'll miss the ball if you do it that way. What I try and use is the ghost ball technique. Take another ball, line it touching the 5. Make sure it's straight in. Now what I want to do is line the center of the Q ball to the center of my ghost ball. So I'm going to be shooting along this line right here. Now I'm actually aiming at the center of the 14, which is this point right here where it's touching the table. Now you notice that this point is not the same as this point where a lot of people make the common mistake. So I'm going to be aiming right here, okay. Now in a game, I can't obviously have a ghost ball, so how do you figure it out in a game? Well a ball is two and a quarter inches wide, so what you do is you come over here, find the spot like you would normally do and then pull it back about an inch, maybe a little over an inch. And that spot right on the table is the center of the ghost ball, and that's where I want to aim to make the 5. You practice that and you'll start making a lot more shots.

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