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Learn to Play Eight Ball – Aiming and Sighting

Learn to Play Eight Ball - Aiming and Sighting

Learn to Play Eight Ball – Aiming and Sighting

This article is aimed at beginners in the game of eight ball or snooker who want to improve their shot making and aiming skills. The goal is to become consistent and accurate in shot selection. Consistency and shot aiming are considered crucial skills to master in order to have consistently great games. The article will provide guidance on three important aspects of improving shot aim.

Eight Ball Shot Aiming Technique
* imagining the shot paths and points of contact
* aiming the billiard shot with your dominant eye
* proper shooting posture

Once you have assessed the table and made your shot decision, you need to analyse it and aim the shot properly. To begin, imagine the straight line from the object ball to the middle of the opening to the pocket and extend that line through the object ball to the side opposite the pocket. Where this line intersects the edge of the object ball is where you must hit the ball in order to make it go in that exact direction. Learn to Play Eight Ball – Aiming and Sighting

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Next, you must determine the exact point on the cue ball to match up with the point you have identified on the object ball. It may not be visible to you since you will be standing behind the cue ball, but you will learn to visualize it. The key point you must imagine is the cue ball contacting the object ball at such a point that during the exact moment of contact, the two balls will be perfectly lined up toward the pocket. Note that this should match the imaginary line that you visualized earlier. Learn to Play Eight Ball – Aiming and Sighting

Notice in the diagram that once the cue ball travels to the object ball, the cue ball and the object ball will be perfectly aligned with the pocket at the exact time they come in contact. Once you wrap your head around this concept, only practice at the table can help you get better. You can try our aiming billiard drill for practice on this billiard shot aiming technique. Learn to Play Eight Ball – Aiming and Sighting

It is important to determine your dominant eye when aiming shots in billiards. Most people have a dominant eye, which is stronger than the other. Using your dominant eye will help improve accuracy and avoid frustration during practice sessions. You can determine your dominant eye by following our article on finding your dominant eye for billiards. Once you know your dominant eye, align your body position so that your dominant eye is perfectly aligned with the shot. This involves getting your dominant eye as low as possible and in line with the shot. This will help improve your aiming and sighting in the game of eight ball. Learn to Play Eight Ball – Aiming and Sighting

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A final note on this billiard shot aiming tutorial; don’t give up before you have a chance to become enlightened with this information. You can read it over and over, but one day when you are at a table it will just click and you will finally get it, as though you were born with this skill. Once you reach this point, consistency will start to set in and you’ll do better in competitive eight ball matches. Learn to Play Eight Ball – Aiming and Sighting

Ready to up your game on the pool table? Learn to Play Eight Ball like a pro, with a focus on Aiming and Sighting! Join our interactive workshop and master the art of precision shots. Whether you’re a beginner or looking to improve your skills, this is your chance to elevate your game. Don’t miss out, sign up now and become a true pool hustler!

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Learn to Play Eight Ball – Aiming and Sighting