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How to Make a Great Opening Pool Shot

Learn how to make a great opening shot from pool trick shot champion Andy Segal in this Howcast video.


"Hi. I'm Andy ""The Magic Man"" Segal. I'm here at Willow Billiard in Hoboken, New Jersey doing some trick shots and pool instruction. So if you're ready, let's get started.

After the break, the most important thing is to select the right group of balls. Now, if you make a solid or make a stripe on the break, you have to take that group, but in this case my opponent broke and didn't make any balls. So it's completely open. I can choose either group. So I'm going to be looking at this table, saying, ""Well, which balls are most open?"" If you look at the, the stripes, most of those balls are completely open, but these two, the fourteen and the nine, are a little tied up. And I may not want to mess around with that. So I look at the solids. The solids are completely open, so I'm going to choose the solids.

Now which ball do I shoot? Well, I have the option of shooting the three in the side, the six in the corner, the two, the four I have a lot of options. One thing you want to do when playing Eight Ball is say, try and clear one side of the table before the other side of the table, if possible. So in this case, if I start shooting the two, I'm going to be working down here, then I'm going to bring the cue ball back this way, clearing those balls, and then have to bring it back down for the eight. A better idea would be to shoot the four ball first, then shoot the three, and then just clear all the balls on this half of the table, shooting the eight. It's a much better and cleaner way of doing it. So I would start by shooting the four.


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