Learn to Play Eight Ball – What is Potting Angle

Learn to Play Eight Ball – What is Potting Angle

Learn to Play Eight Ball – What is Potting Angle

It is very important to hit the ball straight, but it is also equally important to time the ball. This is to say that you strike the ball at the time you are supposed to. To achieve good timing is to strike the ball sweetly. Many shots can be missed just because your cue action is all out of time.

The potting angle is the angle between the line along which you need to strike the cue ball and the line that the object ball takes to the pocket. Two mental images can be helpful:

(a) the point on the object ball that needs to be struck to pot it is the point furthest away from the pocket (the point you would strike with your cue tip if hitting the object ball into the pocket with your cue); and

(b) place a ball touching this point on the object ball. The line of the shot will be through the centre of the cue ball and through the centre of the “dummy” ball. The line of the pot is through the two touching balls to the pocket.

Recognition of potting angles is best achieved by practice alone and by visualising the “dummy” ball described above, as a guide. You may find benefit in practicing the four shots that many text books quote (quarter ball, half ball, three quarter ball and full ball) although, because there are obviously potting angles that fall between these, a random approach can be more realistic.

Recognition of the potting angles is best by practice alone and by visualising the “dummy” ball described as above, as a guide.

You may find benefit in practicing the four shots that many text books quote (quarter ball, half ball, three quarter ball and full ball) although, because there is obviously potting angles that fall in between these, a random approach can be more realistic.

Learn to Play Eight Ball – What is Potting Angle
Learn to Play Eight Ball – What is Potting Angle