How to play pool table? Learning the basics

Learn to play pool table

To enjoy the pleasures of pool table, you need to know the rules and master the basics. Discover the equipment and the different types of game, learn how to aim and control the trajectory of the balls, use spin and make a successful cushion shot: you'll soon have all the keys you need to enjoy the pleasures of pool table and win games.

The help of an expert

To help you progress in both classic pool table practice and the art of trickshot, discover the video advice of Florian Kohler, an expert in artistic pool table, known worldwide under the pseudonym Venom. The holder of numerous records in the field, he has over a million subscribers on his YouTube channel.

The basics of pool table

Master the basics of pool table in just a few minutes. Discover the equipment, then learn how to position your fingers to make an effective bridge, and how to position your body to hit the ball properly.

> The equipment: the table, balls, cues and accessories

> Finger position: the different types of bridge

> Body and hand position


Pool table rules and the different types of game

There are many ways to play pool table. Discover the different types of game to vary the pleasures. From the best-known game to one inspired by poker, pool table has plenty to surprise you.

> The game of 8

> The game of 9

> The 14-1

> The poker ball


Aiming and controlling the trajectory of the balls

It may seem obvious, but aiming well is the sine qua non of playing well. With Florian Kohler's detailed techniques, you'll have no excuse for missing your shots. You'll even be able to control the trajectory of the cue ball after it hits the object ball.  

> The ghost ball method
> Placing the cue ball after impact: the tangent lines


Playing like a pro and mastering effects and replacements

Stop shot, retro, sinking, right or left effect: depending on the shot you have to play, you will certainly need to use one of these effects, or even mix them together. Use this tutorial to learn how to use the main effects to make all your shots a success.

> The main effects

> Replacements


A successful strip shot

Hitting a cushion before touching the object ball or afterwards will get you out of many situations during pool table games. To do this, you need to master the angle the ball will take on contact with the cushion but also be able to manipulate it using spin to take the ball exactly where you want it.

> The mirror method

> Manipulating the angle using effects


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