Instructional Articles by Mick Turner

Mick Turner is an experienced pool player and author.

  • Aim Points and compensating for English

    How do you need to aim to compensate for "throw" when you use english?

    I will explain several methods of this technique, starting with a simple positioning and aim point determination for a shot. This is where being able to imagine a "ghost ball" (in this case the 1 ball behind the 9) is helpful.

    If you place the "ghost ball" directly behind the object ball (OB) on the same line that the object ball needs to follow to go into the pocket, then all you have to do is aim for the center of the "ghost ball", the 1
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  • How to successfully make a Bank Shot

    When shooting bank shots, many factors come into play. English, speed, and angle of the cut (which causes contact throw) will all play a part in the path of the OB.

    To see the differences in speed of a shot, (see Diagram 1) if you center hit a left angle bank shot with no english, medium speed, it will come out at (A), then try to do the exact shot again, only with a harder stroke, the angle of rebound on the OB will come up narrow (B), again with slow speed and the OB will go wide (C). Why? The speed of the ball hitting and compressing the cushion causes different secondary effects. Speed of the bank shot is very important and can be used to advantage.
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  • How to make a Kick Shot

    When shooting kick shots, many factors come into play. English and speed, will all play a part in the path of the CB, and may affect the ultimate OB path as well.

    To understand the issues that can affect your success, I will first explain the principals of speed and english.

    To see the different CB reactions in the speed of a shot, look at Diagram 1. If you center hit a left angle kick shot with no english, medium speed, it will come out at (A), then try to do the exact shot again, only with a harder stroke, the angle of rebound on the CB will come up narrow (B), again with slow speed and the CB will go wide (C). Why? The speed of the ball hitting and compressing the cushion causes different secondary effects. Speed of the kick shot is very important and can be used to advantage.
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  • Laser Aimer: A Device for Practicing Ghost Ball, Bank & Kick Shots

    We have all heard of the 'angle-in vs. angle-out' concept for shooting bank and kick shots. I was thinking about this awhile back, while I was really bored and needed something to do, and it occurred to me that light travels in a straight line. (Sometimes I really surprise myself with great insights...) Of course, most of us already know that, but there are some clever uses for this fact, as I will show here. I had heard of laser cues and other devices but they are pretty expensive and I already have some expensive cues. I wanted to somehow use a light beam to help line up bank and kick shots and do it for as little money as possible, so I came up with this idea to build a 'Laser Aimer'. As the idea developed and I used it, what was most fun was discovering new ways to use my new toy.

    Have you ever seen the laser beam devices used in construction that use a laser light line to align and measure a whole host of things? Well, as I combined my straight line light fact with the laser device I came up with something that can be used on a pool table and will help with aiming shots.
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  • Low cost cue shaft spinner

    How to build a low cost Cue Shaft Spinner so you can clean, sand, or use sandpaper to shape the side of a cue tip while a rotating cue shaft.
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