Pool & Billiards Lesson Plans

Step by step tutorial for learning Pool & Billiards

Lesson Plans

This section contains articles organized into Lesson Plans. Think of Lesson Plans as mini courses similar to what you would take in a classroom environment. Each lesson plan is designed to present a set of information that will get the 'student' to learn pocket billiards through step by step instruction process. A lesson plan would comprise of a few progressive lessons aimed at providing just enough information that will allow the 'student' to understand a concept or two at a time. As the 'student' progresses through the lesson plans, a new and slightly more advanced concept(s) is taught and so on and so forth. Similar to a classroom environment, most of the articles will be followed by practical exercises that will help the 'student' gain more understanding of the game of pool and billiards by providing assignments that will have them use their newfound knowledge in actual practice. Some lessons plans will also have optional articles that serve as additional reading for the purpose of a deeper understanding of the concept being taught.

  1. Lesson Plan #1: Learn the fundamentals of Pocket Billiards
    Lesson Plan Outline:
    • Learn the Pre-Shot Routine
    • Find your Pool Stance
    • How to grip the Cue Stick
    • Learn the different types of Bridges
    • The right way to Stroke
  2. Lesson Plan #2: Learn How to Aim and pocket object balls
    Lesson Plan Outline:
    • Understand the Aiming Concept and technique
    • Discover the Parallel Aiming Technique
    • Aiming by Fractions
  3. Lesson Plan #3: Learn the Three Basic Shots in Pool
    Lesson Plan Outline:
    • The Stop Shot
    • The Stop Shot - in Depth
    • The Draw Shot
    • The Draw Shot - in Depth
    • The Follow Shot
    • The Follow Shot - in Depth
  4. Lesson Plan #4: Learn the Basics of Controlling the Cue Ball
    Lesson Plan Outline:
    • How to execute a Stun Shot
    • Using Draw shot for position
    • Follow shot and cue ball direction
  5. Lesson Plan #5: Understanding English or Side Spin
    Lesson Plan Outline:
    • What is English or Side Spin?
    • Inside and Outside English
    • The Throw effect of English
    • Controlling the Cue Ball using English
    • Effects of English off the rail
  6. Lesson Plan #6: Learn Advanced Shots in Pocket Billiards
    Lesson Plan Outline:
    • The Combination Shot
    • Frozen Ball Combination Shot
    • What is a Billiard Shot?
    • What is a Carom Shot?
    • How to execute a Jump Shot
    • The 9-Ball Break
  7. Lesson Plan #7: Learn Bank Shots and Kick Shots
    Lesson Plan Outline:
    • Introduction to Bank Shots
    • Effects of English on a Bank Shot
    • Effects of Draw and Follow on a Bank Shot
    • How to Execute a one-rail Kick Shot
    • How to Execute a two-rail Kick Shot
    • The Diamond System
  8. Lesson Plan #8: Advanced Position Play
    Lesson Plan Outline:
    • Speed Control and "Right Side"/"Wrong Side" concept
    • Leaving an Angle and proper Distance
    • Natural Path and the "Long" and "Short" Side
    • Finding the correct "Position Area"
    • Coming towards the "Position Zone" and why coming accross is not a good idea
  9. Lesson Plan #9: Safety and Defense Strategy in Pocket Billiards
    Lesson Plan Outline:
    • How to play safeties in Pocket Billiards