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This lesson covers how to control where the cue ball will end up after your shot. To accomplish this we first look at the carom path or the direction that the cue ball naturally wants to deflect off of the object ball, then look at how to apply English and Spin and how this will effect the carom path. Then we go over four different shots that can practiced that will improve cue ball control.


Quench Shots

Quench or stop shots are done to stop the cue ball in it's tracks.

This will be accomplished if two things happen:

  • The cue hits the object ball head on. (Any angle will cause the cue ball to deflect therefore not stop moving.)
  • The cue ball is not spinning at the moment of impact.

To make a quench shot, stroke the cue low enough to introduce a slight amount of back spin to compensate for the table friction that tries to make the ball roll forward.

Pool Cue Ball Control Lesson Quench Shot Demo


Draw Shots

Draw shots are used to cause the cue ball to move directly backwards after a shot.

Draw or back spin is put on the cue ball by striking it anywhere from a half to one and a half tip widths low. Smoothly push the cue stick through the cue ball, extending as much as 12 inches, before quickly retracting the stick out of the way of the returning cue ball.

If the cue hits the object ball straight on, it will draw directly backwards but if there is angle, the cue ball will return at a slight angle.



Pool Cue Ball Placement  Lesson Draw Shot Demo

Reverse English Cut Shot

A Reverse English Cut Shot uses English to control the cue ball's deflection angle off of the bank. This shot is done to keep the cue ball from going to the opposite end of the table after a cut shot.

Set up an across-the-table cut shot and shoot it with reverse English. To do this, stroke the cue ball to the side nearest the pocket.

Pool Cue Ball Control Lesson Reverse English Shot

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