Pool & Billiards Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan #3: Learn the Three Basic Shots in Pool

Now that you have learned the fundamentals and the art of Aiming, you are now ready to learn the 3 basic shots in pocket billiards. The 3 basic shots will serve as your foundation for when you start to learn about playing position in the succeeding lesson plans. Understanding the 3 basic shots will give you the basic foundation for controlling the cue ball and will introduce you to the concept of position play in pocket billiards. As always, it is highly recommended that you do the exercises provided to execute the skill(s) you learn on a consistent basis.

You can also keep track of your progress by downloading a checklist document for Lesson Plan #3.

Pre-Requisite:
Student must have completed:
Lesson Plan #1: Learn the fundamentals of Pocket Billiards
Lesson Plan #2: Learn How to Aim and pocket object balls

If you have completed the pre-requisites, please continue to the specific articles below. Otherwise, please take the required Lesson plan(s) first.

  1. LESSON 3.1: The Stop Shot

    Lesson Outline
    · Definition
    · Center ball hit on the Cue Ball
    · Practicing the Stop Shot
    · Video Demonstration
    Start Lesson 3.1

  2. LESSON 3.2: Stop Shot in Depth

    Lesson Outline
    · Cue ball and Object Ball State on a Stop Shot
    · Video Demonstration
    Start Lesson 3.2

  3. LESSON 3.3: The Draw Shot

    Lesson Outline
    · Definition
    · Below Center ball hit on the Cue Ball
    · Practicing the Draw Shot
    · Video Demonstration
    Start Lesson 3.3

  4. LESSON 3.4: Draw Shot in Depth

    Lesson Outline
    · Cue ball and Object Ball State on a Draw Shot
    · Video Demonstration
    Start Lesson 3.4

  5. LESSON 3.5: The Follow Shot

    Lesson Outline
    · Definition
    · Above Center ball hit on the Cue Ball
    · Practicing the Follow Shot
    · Video Demonstration
    Start Lesson 3.5

  6. LESSON 3.6: Follow Shot in Depth

    Lesson Outline
    · Cue ball and Object Ball State on a Follow Shot
    · Video Demonstration
    Start Lesson 3.6