View Full Version : Learning to be a well rounded player

02-03-2003, 01:05 AM
I found the post about what game you are best at to be interesting and it led me to think about what the skills and strategies involved in each particular game might be. As a new player I'd like to eventually be able to dabble in all the games but my real question is what do you think is a logical progression of learning the games for a beginner and what should be the major concept that each game offers.


02-03-2003, 06:38 AM
i think a beginner should start with Straight pool, i know it has helped my 8ball game heaps

as for concepts for different games, as a rough generalisation

Straight Pool - Potting, short range positioning
9ball - breaking, long range positioning
snooker - accurate potting
3 cushion - angles, banks, kicks
8ball - strategy

Jay M
02-03-2003, 07:53 AM
Another "if I had it all to do again" post.

I'd go with

14.1 - all-around best fundamentals game
9 ball - adds moving the cue to the fundamentals
3 cushion - gives you alternate lines to follow
One Pocket - advanced safety play

Personally, I think that 14.1 has every single element of a good game. If you were to get REALLY good at straight pool, all the other games would require only small specializations, with the exception of 9 ball.

Jay M