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How to Shoot Billiards - Half Table Pattern Play (3 Days)

Updated: Sep 23, 2023


Half table pattern play starts with three balls in one half of the table. These balls can be randomly spread out in this half of the table. The goal is to run the balls out in order using only center, center low and center high. You can pocket the balls into any of the six pockets but your cue ball can’t cross half table. By taking away sidespin and the other half of the table for the cue ball you’re taking away your safety net. Usually when a player plays an incorrect angle on a ball they can use sidespin to get back in line - or they can send the cue ball around the table to get back in line. Without these safety nets the player has to bear down and really focus on correct angles and speed which accelerates the player's ability to shoot billiards. The goal is to run five patterns in a row of three balls. So, if you throw three balls out in one half of the table and run them out successfully, then throw three more balls out on the table and attempt to run these balls out. Keep going until you run our five patterns in a row. Then move on to four ball patterns. If you are struggling at three ball patterns then throw two balls out on the table. Keep going until you can run five patterns in a row of five balls. If you really want to challenge yourself you can attempt five run outs in a row of six ball patterns.


How to Shoot Billiards


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