One Pocket is not typically a game people play early in their pool careers, so when they come to it they already have a knowledge of the pool basics; fundamentals, pocketing skills, position play and the like. I’m going to assume that you too are like this, new to the game but not to pool. That […]
Many of you are new to the game of straight pool, even though you are experienced players of other games. We’ve put together a list of general tips, not always true in every case but more like rules of thumb, to give a boost up the learning curve, so to speak. Keep these in mind and your first season won’t be so rough.
Knowing the rules makes the game more fun and can keep you from making a mistake that could cost you a win. Make sure to read and understand the rules about the opening break, the 3 foul rule, and special racking situations. They are different from those of any other game you are likely familiar with.
Four excellent videos to help those who are new to the game of straight pool, no matter how much you know about other games. There’s a quick video on how to use the scoring thumbwheels and one by Pat Flemming on how to execute various break shots. There are also two instructional videos. The first is a long straight pool lesson by Danny Diliberto. The second is by David Sapolis on the Kurtz drill, teaching how to use balls near the center of the table as key balls for side of the rack break shots.
Handicaps have been around a long time, and for good reason; they enable players of significantly differing skill levels to compete in a “fair” contest of skill. Pros, or people who want objective and absolute information on their ability will choose to play without a handicap. These contests of pure skill work great for those […]