Hi! I’m Michael Lamendola with expertvillage.com,
and today we’re going to shoot some pool.
Okay, you’ve got you stick, you know how to
hold it, and now you’ve picked out your bridge.
Finally, let’s hit the cue ball. By the way,
this is the cue ball. It’s the white one.
I’ll talk about the rest of the balls in a
second, but right now this is how you hit
it. Now, there are many different ways to
hit the cue ball. The most direct is right
in the center. Now, many balls will have a
little dot on them for reference. This one
doesn’t so just pretend with me. When you’re
going to hit the ball, most times it’s going
to be right in the center. You’ll know that
you’ve hit it in the center if it comes back
to you the same way that you aimed it. Not
bad. That’s hitting it in the center. Sometimes
you’ve got to use English for different reasons.
English is when you hit the ball anywhere
but in the center. There’s low English, there’s
high English, there’s left English, there’s
right English, and there’s any combination
of those. Let me give you a little example
of what each one of them does. Let me grab
one of these. This is Mr.one ball; he’s the
yellow one. First, I want to show you low
English. Low English is going to draw the
ball back. So when I hit it I use low English
aiming low at center and the ball is going
to come back to me, or it’s going to stop.
Let me try that again.
That is low English. Now, what I did before,
on accident, it’s kind of called stop, which
it doesn’t really have quite a name. It’s
not quite low and its not quite center. When
you hit the ball this way, the ball’s going
to stop. That’s important when you’re lining
up your next shot and it’s somewhere close.
Now, the opposite of low English is high English,
and it does the exact opposite. This time
when I hit the ball, I’m going to use high
English, which is above center, and the ball
is going to follow. That’s when I’m going
to chase the ball to another shot. Now, similarly
there’s left and there’s right English, and
that does the same thing. Left English the
ball is going to go to the left, and right
English the ball is going to the right. I’ll
explain later why these are important, but
for right now that’s English. One more thing.
When you’re shooting the cue ball always make
sure you keep your form all the way through.
It’s kind of like golf. You don’t want to
shoot and raise up and see what happens. That’s
not good. If it’ll help you, think about striking
and imaginary ball that’s right in front of
that ball. That means that really I’m pretending
that I’m shooting right here. What that does
is it forces me to shoot through the ball.
After I shoot, I’m keeping my head down and
keeping my body down that way I’m not affecting
by making any sudden movements. Again, when
you shoot, shoot through the ball.