|Written by Thomas Conroy|
Introduction: Playing billiards or pool, is a fun activity that is enjoyed world-wide, but the topic of how to play billiards goes far beyond understanding the aspects of a given game type. Playing billiards encompasses not only just a knowledge of rules, but can be a lifelong study in the physical, psychological and technical fine points of how victory is achieved.
Professional billiard players are adept at every singular nuance of the game, and have mastered the use of each one in defeating an opponent that in most instances is just as proficient as they are. For novices to the game of billiards, a rudimentary understanding and grasp of each component of the game will enable skills to improve, and the enjoyment level to rise correspondingly.
Step 1: How to play billiards begins with the equipment, namely the proper selection of a pool cue. To a billiard player of any skill level, a pool cue is a very personal item that can best be compared in analogy to a comfortable pair of shoes - it just feels right. There is no singular pool cue that is the proper weight, length or model to ensure success in the game, it is purely a matter of personal taste in selection. The use of a pool cue that is not comfortable to the user is a definite distraction, and impacts accuracy dramatically.
Once a participant can incorporate all of the aforementioned skills into their "bag of tricks" the game of pool becomes a more mental game than physical, and the intellectual aspects of the game that have been mastered ensure success.