Bank Shots & Kick Shots

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You may not always have the option to pocket the object ball to the closest pocket or even hit the object ball directly with your cue ball.

Bank shots allow you to pocket an object ball on another pocket by using a cushion to bounce the object ball into before it goes to the intended pocket. Kick shot allows you to hit the object ball by getting the cue ball to strike a cushion first before the object ball. Both types of shots will be discussed in detail in this section.

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Introduction to Bank Shots Pool & Billiards video demonstration

There are times in a game of billiards when you are left with only one option to pocket the object ball... the bank shot. In this lesson, I will explain the basic steps in executing the bank shot correctly.
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Using English and Bank Shots

This lesson will explain how the use of english affects the angle at which the object ball banks off the cushion. The first part of this lesson will be discussing the effects of inside english.
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Using Draw and Follow with Bank Shots

This lesson will explain how the execution of draw and/or follow on the cue ball affects the angle at which the object ball banks off the cushion.
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One Rail Kick Shots

Kick shots are in most cases, similar to the bank shot. The difference lies in the fact the when doing kick shots, the cue ball will need to contact the cushion before the intended object ball.
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Two Rail Kick Shots Pool & Billiards video demonstration

There are situations where a one-rail kick shot is not available as an option. In this case you either have to go two, three or even more rails to make a good hit on the intended object ball.
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Kicking 1-rail with English Pool & Billiards video demonstration
by Chad Moore

This article is somewhat large, and will be a lot to take in at one time. I have inserted *** PRACTICE NOW BEFORE CONTINUING *** where I think you should stop and master the topics up to that point before learning more;
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by Arthur Lim

Whenever someone asks me what is the proper way to bank, my answer would always be "feel".
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