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Tips for Playing Your First Game of Pool

Last updated 3 years ago

You do not have to be a pool shark to enjoy a game every now and then. If you have never played, find a pool table and use the following tips to figure out the best way to sink your pool balls into the pockets:

Rack ‘Em

There are different ways to rack the balls, but you must put the 8-ball in the center. The rest of the balls should alternate between solid and stripes to give both players an even chance after you break.

Figure Out Who Breaks

Once you rack the balls, one of you will use the cue ball to break them up and start the game. For an informal first time, you can just decide between the two of you who should break and alternate if you play more games. The person who breaks also determines which player is stripes and which is solid.

Find Your Stroke

It is important to find the right way to hold the pool stick so you can get the best shots. Most people find it comfortable to place the index finger on the top of the stick and the thumb on the bottom to get the best grip. You could also rest the stick on top of your index finger and use the other fingers to steady it. Find a position that is comfortable for you.

Take Your Shot

Line up a shot by hitting the cue ball hard into another ball. It might take a few shots to get the hang of it, but once you figure out the right amount of power with which to hit the ball, you should start sinking shots. You should hit in all of your balls and end the game by knocking the 8-ball into a pocket.

WhirlyBall has pool tables on which you can practice at our Lombard and Vernon Hills locations. We also provide the ideal space for parties and events. Whether you want to practice your pool or plan a bachelor party, we can help. Call (773) 486-7777 to learn more.


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