How to Get an Easy Pot in Snooker or Pool by Bouncing off the Cushion

Have you ever seen the pro's on TV get easy scores in snooker/pool? Don't you wish that you could get an easy, professional looking pot by bouncing off the cushion? This simple technique will help you improve.


  1. 1
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    Place the cue ball and any ball of your choice in any position on the table.
    Preferably, put them in a place that is easy to score from.
  2. 2
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    Imagine a straight line that goes from the centre of the pocket, slightly past the ball that you intend to pot (where the blue line points on the bottom-left of the red ball, is where the cue ball should hit, later in STEPS).
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    Imagine a point along the cushion that is approximately half-way between the cue ball and the target ball (see diagram).
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    Now hit the cue ball, aiming directly for the point you imagined on step 3.
  5. 5
    The red dot shows where the momentum should transfer from the cueball to the red ball
    If the cue ball hits the red at the correct angle, the red should get in the pocket.


  • It is vital that the cue ball hits the red on the right part. Any other spot then it will not get into the pocket, so keep adjusting.
  • For step 3, try marking it with a chalk, rather than imagining the point. This will help you get a better aim when shooting.


  • Don't mark the side of the cushion (step 3) in a tournament or championship, as it may be classed as cheating.

Things You'll Need

  • Snooker or pool table
  • Cue
  • Cue Ball
  • Any other ball of your choice
  • Patience

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Categories: Cue Sports