Needless to say, continuous practice is the only way to better your billiards game. One of the practice techniques that will best help you improve your billiards game involves setting up the same shot over and over again, but with variable difficulty levels. If, for example, you want to practice a cut shot, you could begin with the cue ball in close proximity to the object ball. When you feel that are finally making that shot fairly consistently it is time to increase the difficulty level of the shot. You could do this by moving the cue ball back while still maintaining the cut angle. This practice technique will not only set the shot in your mind, but it will also help you evaluate your own progress and help you determine your own success potential.
During your practice sessions always be on the look out for opportunities to achieve multiple objectives with a single shot. Look for ways that you can move one or many of your balls into good positions while simultaneously tying up one of your opponents balls in such a way that be will not be able to run-out. When you achieve two or more goals with one shot, you effectively give yourself an extra turn at the table. Sounds intimidating? Practice makes perfect and it is doable.
If you find your shooting becoming too sloppy of late, the first thing you need to check is the distance between the cue ball and your bridge hand. A bridge that is too long is more than likely to magnify even the tiniest wobble that may be present in your stroke. While some professionals may be successful with a bridge ten or more inches from the ball, seven inches may be a better place for someone who is less experienced.
Don't make the mistake of letting your guard down when faced with an easy shot. If you want to better your billiards game it is critical to your success that you should have a specific goal in mind with each and every shot. Develop a billiards inner mind set that governs every shot you take at the billiards table. Think carefully about a strategy, plan it out in your mind and then go out there and execute your carefully planned strategy.
Build confidence and precision in your aiming by lining up the ball with a particular pocked and carefully setting up your shot keeping that pocket in mind. If you find that you have a choice of several different ways of playing any one shot, do not opt to send the cue ball across the line. Instead opt for a shot that allows you to send the cue ball along the line of the zone of acceptable position. This will open up possibilities of decent angles for your next shot even if you hit it a bit too soft or too hard or if your speed is a bit off the mark.