Gareth Potts 4x World 8 Ball Pool Champion: Top 5 Pool Tips

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1) Getting Better Control of Short Range Shots
Many people don't alter their hand and cue position when they do closer shots, they simply hit the ball with less force. A great tip is to move your hand closer to the ball and bring your other hand slightly down the cue, roughly half a hand's width. This gives you more control of the shot, making you feel more compact on the cue for a better shot. It's important to master this in pool as you will come across many close shots.

2) Stance and Posture
Let's use a right handed player as an example. When going in for a shot, keep your right leg stiff and straight. Extend your right leg and lock it in place, your right knee then pushes back giving you stability. Your left leg then bends and this gives you further stability for a shot. This means you can't move about while taking your shot, you're fixed and it gives you a great base to accurately hit the ball. When taking a shot make sure your right foot is pointing towards the shot. if you make sure you always have this base on every shot you can then focus on shot technique more than balancing yourself for every shot.

3) Cue Action: Pause Twice
There are a lot of different ways to cue up to the ball. Many people either pause at the top of the back swing or on the cue ball. It's down to preference but the best way of doing it is to pause on both ends. Pausing at the top of the backswing allows you to have more control of the cue and give you the timing to hit the ball perfectly. Ensure that you take your time. Ronnie O'Sullivan pauses at the top of the backswing all the time, he does so to have control. Control is everything in pool and snooker, power is useless unless control has been developed along with timing. If you didn't pause at the top of the backswing and just went from pulling back to pushing forward, you must then stop the momentum of the backswing with force forwards. This can hamper how hard you want to hit the ball and also the accuracy of the hit.

4) How to Back Spin/Screw Back
To screw back it's not about hitting the ball hard, it's about timing. Keep the same tempo when hitting the cue ball. Gradually accelerate to the bottom of the white and hit it in a smooth, timed manner. Make sure you accelerate through when you hit the ball. You need to ensure you prepare the tip before doing these types of shots by covering it with chalk.

5) Hitting Shots Tight to the Cushion
Getting your tip to hit the top of the ball is difficult as it can slide off. The cue ball in pool is smaller than the cushion in terms of height. In snooker the cue ball is bigger, thus making it easier. To get a better strike make sure you raise your elbow to give the cue a better angle. If needed, elevate fingers on the table to give you an even better angle to get firm contact with the ball. Using this simple strategy means you can still get a solid shot from tight angles.

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