Having “fun” and maintaining a strong mental game are two of the most important FUNdaMENTALs of pool.


The easiest way to have fun and be more confident is to play well and continually improve. And the best way to do this is to have solid fundamentals (grip, bridge, stance, visual alignment, pre-shot routine, stroke). Here are some useful documents and resources for helping you diagnose problems and improve:

The following videos provide an excellent overview of the most important fundamentals:

The following videos describe recommended “best practices” for the pre-shot routine and stance:

Here are two videos describing recommended grip and bridge technique:

Here is a video demonstration of the generally-recommended pendulum stroke:

Good drills for learning to improve your stroke, aim, and alignment are demonstrated in the following video:

Proper visual alignment is a critically important fundamental of pool. For more info, see the “vision center” visual alignment resource page.

Next to pocketing balls and controlling CB direction, speed control is the most important fundamental of pool. Here’s a video that covers important speed control principles:

For help with your mental game, see the mental game resource page and:

For more useful fundamentals videos, see: Dr. Dave’s YouTube Playlist for Beginner Instruction.

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