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  9-Ball Billiards Tips and Strategies

 

 

 

Strategy

 

 

 

·          Use combos to clear the table. You're supposed to hit the balls in consecutive order but you do not have to sink the balls in consecutive order. Use a lower-numbered ball to knock a higher-numbered ball in and you'll clear the table, while keeping your turn. Use it to knock in the 9-ball and you win.

 

 

 

·          Remember the game is 9-ball. It doesn't matter if your opponent pockets every ball but one. Whoever pockets the 9-ball wins.

 

 

 

·          If you're stuck with nothing but extremely difficult shots, you could always try to put the cue ball in a position so that your opponent is also left without a shot. Make your opponent do the hard work and your next shot might be easier.

 

 

 

Angles, English & Power

 

 

 

·          Hitting the ball on one side (using English) will cause that ball to bounce in that direction once it hits a ball or wall.

 

 

 

·          Hitting high on the cue ball will cause the cue ball to follow the ball it hits.

 

 

 

·          Hitting low on the cue ball will cause the cue ball to retreat a bit after it hits another ball. Hit low when one of your balls is directly in front of a pocket to ensure that your cue ball does not end up in that pocket.

 

 

 

·          Using English on a shot can be very tricky. Make sure to practice before using it. A direct, clean shot without English is always the best bet for beginners.

 

 

 

·          If you do use English or increase the angle on a shot, you will lose power. Make sure to take that into account and boost the power of your shot if needed.

 

 

 

·          The side pockets are not as forgiving as the corner pockets. If it's a difficult shot, you might want to decrease your power. Add a touch of finesse to help your ball into the pocket.

 

 

 

·          Use the default power setting (100%) for the break. You need to drive at least 4 balls to the rail and if you get the 9-ball in you'll win so you might as well break hard.