How To Hit Ball In Game Pigeon Pool

Sorry to say, this is not Mark climbing a cliff. Maybe metaphorically but not in real life. You can, however, catch Mike continuing his climb in the Billiards world. Image courtesy Wikimedia

I remember climbing Mount Fuji in Japan. You kept your head bent down looking at the ground so you wouldn’t slip, trying hard to breathe and finally you make it to the next station. Imagine the joy that you were one station closer to the top. And then you realized that the number on this station was the same as the number on the station before! Ugh, You had thought you arrived, but in fact, you still had a long way to go.

The presented code is my first shot at building a javascript game. It is a classic 8-ball pool game. You can choose to play against a friend, or against an AI, with various difficulty levels. Have fun, and good luck! Keys:. 'W': Increase shot power. 'S': Decrease shot power. 8-Ball Rules The object of the 8-Ball Pool game is for one player to pocket their set of assigned balls 1-7 (solids) or 9-15 (stripes), and then to legally pocket the 8-ball. The Break The 1st player who starts (breaks the rack to start a game) is determined randomly. The aim of the game is to hit the lowest numbered ball on the table (often referred to as the object ball) and pocket balls in succession to eventually pocket the nine-ball. As long as the lowest numbered ball on the table is hit first, the player may continue to shoot as long as any ball is pocketed in any of the 6 pockets.

Most players will attempt placement of the cue ball for a double hit (hitting the lowest ball into another ball) to try and sink the higher denomination balls, or possibly the 9 ball, first. You should not be placing the ball for a difficult shot, unless entirely necessary.

And that my friends is how your journey in pool will feel like. Once you think you have it, you will realize that you are just starting out. With that in mind, let’s get started on our trip the right way.

Having strong fundamentals in pool is the key to a solid pool game. Let’s look at what these fundamentals are and how to incorporate them into your pool game.

How to Hit a Cue Ball … the Right Way

How to Hit a Cue Ball Straight
First is making sure to hit the cue ball with a level cue stick. By level I mean that the cue stick really needs to be parallel to the bed of the table, or as close as possible, when you strike the cue ball. The reason for this is that the table is hard, and if you hit down into the cue ball, it will bounce and curve if your hit is not exactly on the vertical axis. Now a cue ball that is bouncing and curving will not be as accurate as one that is just rolling! Make sure that you get your stick as level as you can on every shot.

How to Hit a Cue Ball Softly

Next is hitting the cue ball softly. This goes against our human instinct to hit things, but your pool game will improve dramatically if we just roll the balls. Here is why. First, the harder you hit an object ball, the smaller the pocket will play. Shots that will fall in when rolling softly, will rattle around the pocket when hit hard.

Nice and slow. Pool is a game of finesse, not pure brawn and strength. Image via Wikimedia

Cue Ball Control

Next is cue ball control. A slowly rolling cue ball makes it easier to predict where it will stop. A cue ball running around the table at break neck speed is hard to predict where it will stop. Your position play will improve dramatically when you start rolling the cue ball.

Finally, the harder you swing at the cue ball, the more your fundamentals break down. With a break down in fundamentals, your accuracy decreases and you miss more.

So, by hitting the cue ball softly the pockets play bigger, your cue ball control improves, and and your ball pocketing skill increases. Sounds like your game just got better and all you did is start to hit the cue ball softer.

This will help you get a better feel for what softly really feels like. When you pocket an object ball, it should just fall off the ledge into the pocket. Balls that bang into the back of the pocket are hit too hard.

Good luck and keep climbing.

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About the Author
Mark Finkelstein is a professional pool player, a BCA Master instructor, anAmerican Cue Sports (ACS) Level 4 instructor, and House Pro at Slate Billiards in New York. He is also a former UPA Touring Pro and has played on the Joss 9-Ball Tour. Mark is leading instructor and can be found at other sites including Easy Pool Tutorand Inside Pool Magazine. Mark has also authored a book with McNally Jackson aptly titled, “Pool Ramblings.”

Pool is a popular game that is played all over the world by millions of people. However, there are many different varieties of the game, all with distinctly different rules and regulations. By far, the most popular forms of the game are the ones that originated in the USA, known as ‘eight-ball’ and ‘nine-ball’ pool.

Both are played on a normal sized pool table with the regulation six pockets and both have multiple championships around the world. However, it is eight-ball that is the more common game – the one you’ll most likely see being played at your local pool hall and the one that most people first think of when the word pool is mentioned.

Eight-ball pool can be played as a singles or doubles game and is played with cues and 16 balls, 15 object balls, and one cue ball (the ball the players strike to try and hit the other balls). Pool can be a relatively high-speed game compared to its close relatives snooker and billiards but that makes it no less skilful with players requiring a high degree of skill, concentration, and tactical thinking to play the game at a high level.

Object of the Game

The object of pool is to pot all of your designated balls (either stripes or solids) and then pot the 8 ball, thus winning the game. As pool matches often consist of several games in a ‘best out of’ format, players attempt to win as many games as needed to win the match. Players must use their skills in both attack and safety play, as well as tactical nous to help them win the match.

Players & Equipment

To play pool, the following pieces of equipment are required:

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  • Table: The table used in pool is approximately 9 feet by 4.5 feet although games can often be played on differing sized tables.
  • Balls: 16 balls in total, comprising a white cue ball, seven striped balls, seven solid balls, and one black ball (8 ball).
  • Cues: Players have a cue each which can be made from wood, carbon fibre, or fibreglass and this is used for striking the cue ball.
  • Chalk: To ensure they have more control over their shots, each player tends to chalk the end of their cue to ensure there is good contact between the cue and the ball.

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Scoring

How To Hit Ball In 8 Ball Pool In Game Pigeon

There is no score as such in pool with both players simply attempting to pot all of their designated object balls and then potting the 8 ball into the pocket that they have chosen. However, pool matches are often played over a number of games, so for example, in a best of nine frame match, the first player to reach five frames would be declared the winner.

Winning the Game

8 Ball pool is won when one of the following occurs:

  • A player pots all of their designated balls and then legally pockets the 8 ball into their nominated pocket.
  • The opposing player illegally pots the 8 ball before clearing their own set of balls.
  • The 8 ball is knocked of the table by the opposition.

Rules of Pool

The rules of pool are some of the most contested of any sport, with slightly differing variations being played in different countries, cities, areas, and even establishments. However, the World Pool Billiard Association (WPA) have produced a standardized set of rules for both amateur and professionals by which to abide.

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How To Hit Ball In Game Pigeon Pool Game

  • Before the game begins, the object balls should be placed in a triangular rack and positioned at the lower end of the table so that the apex ball of the rack lies on the foot spot. The order of the balls should be random apart from the black 8-ball, which should be placed in the middle of the third row. The white ball should be placed anywhere behind the service line on the table.
  • If it is the first game in a match, a coin should be tossed to decide who gets to choose whether to break. After that, the break is taken in turns.
  • To make a legal break, the player must hit the balls and ensure that four balls hit cushions and that the cue ball doesn’t go down a pocket. If the 8-ball is potted on the break, the player is entitled to ask for a re-rack.
  • The first player to pot an object ball will then have to continue to pot the balls from that category (stripes or solids). The opposition player will have to pot the other group.
  • A player will continue to make shots until they foul, or fail to pot an object ball. Then it is the turn of the opposing player. Play continues like this for the remainder of the game.
  • If a player commits a foul, the opposition player is entitled to place the cue ball anywhere on the table. There are numerous fouls in pool, some of the most common being:
    • Failing to hit your own object balls.
    • Hitting the cue ball off the table.
    • Potting one of the opposition's object balls.
    • Hitting the cue ball twice.
    • Pushing the cue ball rather than striking it.
    • A player taking a shot when it is not their turn.
  • Once all of a player’s balls have been potted, they must then sink the 8 ball. They must first designate which pocket they intend to pot the 8-ball in and then do as stated. Failure to do so will result in the opposition player returning to the table. If the player pots the 8 ball in any other pocket other than the nominated one, they forfeit the game.