Pool Lesson | How to Improve Your Positional Game Immediately

Pool Lesson | How to Improve Your Positional Game Immediately


In todays lesson I am going to show you how
to improve your positional play tremendously just by using one small detail. I often mention in my lessons that you should
always pick a point on the table for the cue ball to end when playing position because
that way you have a larger margin for error on the table. For example here we are picking this point
for the cueball to end. If the cueball now misses the point on the
table we still have this area around the point for the cue ball to end. And the cueball ended up perfectly. But as you see in this example speed control
still is a big factor. At least I should have ensured that if my
speed control is off, that I hit too hard to give myself a higher chance for a position. But today I am going toing to show you a different
approach that will make positional play a lot easier for every player, not bound to
their current skill level. Everyone can and should do this in certain
situations. We are going to use rails. But what have rails to do with positional
play? Let me show you some examples and their advantages. But before we are going into the examples, I want
to show you an excerpt from a previous lesson, because it’s very important to understand
that principle before watching this lesson. If you already know about that you can fast
forward to 3:50. The most important thing when playing position
is to understand where the cue ball travels naturally if you don’t do something special
with the cue ball. The cue ball will somehow travel along this
path – maybe miss the six or hit the six, so that’s not good. Now we’re looking where we can hit that first
rail and we see it’s in this area. All we have to think now is: “Where do we
want to hit the first rail?” and “Where do we want to hit the second rail?” Then we can finish the path of the cue ball
in our imagination. We can manipulate the contact point on the
first rail by hitting high or low on the cue ball. And the contact point on the second rail
can be manipulated by using left or right english. After hitting these two rails, it’s only a
matter of speed, because then we cannot change the path of the cue ball. So, we can manipulate the path of the cue
ball with the first two rails. In this example the natural contact point
on the first rail is very easy to see. We could manipulate it by hitting high or
low on the cue ball, but the more important contact point is on the second rail – we don’t want to hit too
far up table, because then we have the danger of getting
straight, so we’re choosing this target for our cue ball. We manipulate the cue ball by adding some
right spin to the cue ball, and going along this path is very, very good
because we have a lot of margin for error with our speed – because we’re going towards the three ball. We ended up in a very nice position. The contact point on the first rail is obviously
right next to the three ball, so now we’re checking our options. If we’re hitting low right on the cue ball,
we could go in this direction with the cue ball. And if we change the point on the cue ball
and play with left spin, we can go to this part of the rail. So now we’re looking for the right point on
the second rail, and if we hit the second rail here and follow the path of the cue ball,
we will end up with a very nice position on the five ball. So now I’m visualizing where I want to hit
the second rail. Now I’m setting up where I want to hit the
cue ball and at what speed. I’m visualizing the whole process and shot,
and then I’m just pulling the trigger and the cue ball should go towards the exact point
on the first rail and then end up in a very nice position on the five ball. And now lets get back to our previous example
shot. Instead of picking a point on the table here
we are going to pick a point on the rail. This way we will have even more margin for
error. From here the cueball can travel all the way
along this path and we still have decent shot. So the cueball can stop anywhere on this around
2 feet long path. And this shot is the same principle. It’s by the way a very common shot that you
have to be able to play. When having new students on my Patreon page
for example I always give them a drill that trains exactly this shot. In this example I am showing you the next
advantage of using rails. We are picking this point on the second rail
and we expect the cue ball to travel along this path. As you saw the cue ball hit around half a
diamond away from our point on the rail. But it still ended up where we were expecting
it to end. And that’s because the angles will self correct
the more rails we use. If you want to know more about that topic
check out my 3 rail diamond kicking system. Link is in the description. In this example we ended up with the wrong
angle and have to go around the table. Choosing a point on the rail makes it a lot
easier to visualize the shot and to remember the point. Here for example we want to hit at the second
diamond. In situations like that it is very important
to choose a point on the third rail. We have a lot of margin for error here, yes. But if we don’t choose a specific point we
risk scratching into the corner pocket. Here we are using this point on the third
rail for the cue ball to hit. And yes of course, we just could and should
have slow rolled the ball in to get position for the nine. Here it’s basically the same shot but we want
to hit this point on the third rail now. To pick the right points on the rails we of
course need a good and realistic expectation of the cueball’s path. Then we just have to try to bring the cueballs
as close as possible to our point. And as I said there is margin for error and
we don’t have to hit the exact point on the rail everytime, especially when going more
rails. Here it’s the same. With the contact on the first two rails we
can select the point on the third rail. And even if we were not even close to the
points on the rail here we still ended up with a perfect position on the nine. Here the point on the third rail will lead
into the shooting line of the 9-Ball. I personally feel really confident with this
shot but some of you might want to hit the rail a little bit higher because of the danger
of scratching into the side. With this shot here it’s the same. But your goal should be to develop a good
cueball control to benefit from this approach of getting position. So as you saw choosing a point on the table
is a good idea but in some cases it is required to also choose a point on the rail in order
to get to the point on the table. As mentioned the advantages are that very
often we have a higher margin for error regarding speed control. The self correcting angles also help us to
get the right position if we are a little off (of course just if you’re using more rails). And it also is a lot easier to visualize a
point on the rail, because there either is a diamond, you hit exactly between two diamonds,
or one third and so on. If you’re still watching, I want to take the
chance to tell you guys a big thank you. Thanks to the people who always give me a
thumbs up and comment under my videos. You help my videos to get more popular here
on YouTube. Thanks to the people who like and share my
videos and my Facebook posts. And also thank you to al of my Patrons who
help me to make more videos and to get better gear. Thank you guys! And of course, thanks for watching and thanks
to my sponsors. That’s it for today. And as always, see you at the next lesson
– take care!

100 thoughts on “Pool Lesson | How to Improve Your Positional Game Immediately

  1. Well I just hope I will do better by watching your videos before my first big Athens 9ball open! Wish my luck and see you in Athens…!!😉

  2. Been using your tips in my games and have gotten significantly better with my cueball control! Thank you for making these.

  3. Excellent video Sharivari, it is possible your make a video explaining the better way to take positions using a Drill?

  4. This video helped me quite a bit because position play seems to be the weakest link in my game. Good tips thanks for uploading.

  5. Great content as always! Watching your videos has definitely helped me improve my game and has also helped me increase my apa sl from a 3 to a 4 both in 8ball and 9ball!!

  6. Awesome lesson reminds me of my pool hero,EFREN..thank you for this lesson!…Who do you think is the greatest of all time pool player? If your answer is Efren "Bata" Reyes, High five!…and I hope I can win the cuestick as i dont have one…will use it to hustle here in thailand using all the tools you taught here…jejejeje

  7. Love this video! This and the video on increasing cue ball rotation have been very helpful in my game. I'm currently a SL 3 in APA, and hope to learn more from you, Manning Cues, and Dr Dave Billiards. Keep up the good work pal!

  8. This helped my game out alot because i usually just end up hitting really hard so learning speed control has really improved my game.

  9. What a great tutorial sir ! I hope you can make more of this, I want to learn a lot from you, you're amazing as always. Im from Philippines !!

  10. its a bit dangerous going around the table due to a possibility of a scratch so practice is very much required.. its nice.. very nice

  11. Sharivari,
    Its good to see someone who has such a passion for pool/billiards that's willing to share their knowledge. You are truely genuine. Keep the videos coming. From beginner to advanced. Even if you are an advanced player you could always learn something new. Would like to let everyone know how powerful the mental side of pool is, it can make or break you at anytime. The ultimate goal I belevive with all players is to get to the autopilot mode in competition where it all comes together without thinking about it. (Play like you practice) Everyone shoot straight and let that stroke out of the case sometimes.
    Thanks!!!

  12. Congratulations on reaching 50k subscribers. I enjoy you videos as they are very understandable to people of all levels of pool playing.

  13. Thank you for the very informative videos, it definitely has helped my game. Can you do a video on what size/weight someone might want to get when choosing a pool cue, also the type/size of the tip. Thank you.

  14. I used this video yesterday to practice and it worked out very well for me. Your showing where to hit makes all the difference in the world. Besides wanting to be entered for the cue, I would like you to think about a video showing how far to bring the cue back for shots from soft to long. I had suffered with bringing my cue back too far and trying to control the speed by slowing down except it caused me to not follow through properly. I finally figured out that I needed to change my "back stroke" and then follow through.

  15. Got to try on our office pool table. I am trying bunch of tips from your vids. Although the table is the cheapest and croocked thing. 🙁

  16. Great stuff @Sharivari. Hey, what editing software you use to track the shots and highlight the area (0:30)? I am 3-cushion billiard player and planing to start these videos. Thank you

  17. You always open my eyes to the little details needed to make big table management improvements. This is likely the most common shot in the game, and learning how to play it correctly is a must. Hoping the Lucasi gets sent my way as my hand me down old Dufferin could use a new friend!

  18. Idk if this is your response to my question I asked you but thank you so much for this because I understand it completely

  19. I like your videos. The natural position play tends to escape you under pressure and feel as if you have to force position. This past weekend I took first place in the Open C VNEA tournament and used natural shape as I know where the cue ball is going just have to trust my knowledge.

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