(FAQ) How can you practice 1 Pocket alone?

(About the Author)

When you want to practice 1 Pocket and there are no opponents available, you can be your own best challenger. Who else can give you the competitive level you deserve?

There is one drill you want to practice over and over before you start playing yourself. The break is one of the biggest possible advantages for a serious player. This is one thing to be practiced over and over until you have at least four or five possible variations.

Setting up for break shots gives you a chance to experiment with different ideas. You might want to try different angles and different speeds. If you can finagle someone into setting up racks for you, you can get a lot of practice in 15-20 minutes. Take your time to consider the many options and try each one several times. Observe the results to determine if that break shot is worthy of use.

To practice the game, play Lefty against Righty. Begin the game with ultra conservative shots. Practice various single and double rail banks. Keep your speed under control. Remember where the cue ball will stop and leave as few opportunities as possible. When balls end up near the opposing pocket, work on clearing them out. Learn to recognize the attempt caroms to maneuver balls near your pocket. And, always, always, carefully think out the shot, angles, speed, and consequences.

Look for opportunities that can push two or more balls near your pocket. Get inventive and downright brilliant in the various solutions you can dream up. And whatever you do, don't lose patience and go for the quick win. Spend more time letting your brain work out the shots and speed.

Get the Book!

The FAQs of Pool & Pocket Billiards


Get the Book!! $7.00

book-PDF PDF book (good for smart devices)
(Includes my Money-back Guarantee)

book-red Printed book
Recent Useful Posts
Group 9, Set 7, Layout 1

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 9, Set 7

This is today's set of Cue Ball Cheats. These practice setups (and others in the book and blog) help you ...

Read More

Group 11, Set 7, Layout 1

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 11, Set 7

This is today's set of Cue Ball Cheats. These practice setups (and others in the book and blog) help you ...

Read More

Drills & Exercises - Down the Line (short table diagonal) Runout Exercise

(D&E) Drills & Exercises - Down the Line (short table diagonal) Runout Exercise (1)

(About the Author) This progressive exercise to improve your playing skills is in the book Drills & Exercises for Pool & ...

Read More

Drills & Exercises - Around the Table (double balls), Set 5 of 5

(D&E) Drills & Exercises - Around the World Game - Doubles, Set 5 of 5

(About the Author) This progressive exercise to improve your playing skills is in the book Drills & Exercises for Pool & ...

Read More

(S&D) Safety & Defense - The Confusion Safety Type

(About the author) This is today's bit of advice from the book Safety Toolbox. The confusion safety type can be a lot ...

Read More

S&D - Blocked Pocket - Clear the Way

(S&D) Safety & Defense - the Blocked Pocket Tactic

(About the author) (This is today's bit of advice from the book Safety Toolbox.) A pocket is blocked when another object ball ...

Read More

(H&S) Hustles & Sharks - “Friendly” Insults

(About the Author) There are some hustlers who specialize in seemingly friendly insults – usually observed between two good friends. A ...

Read More

(TML) Table Map Library - Q5 to M9

For information on the Table Map Library, how it works and how the information was researched - read "Table Map ...

Read More

(TML) Table Map Library - M3 to C1

For information on the Table Map Library, how it works and how the information was researched - read "Table Map ...

Read More

Group 11, Set 6, Layout 1

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 11, Set 6

This is today's set of Cue Ball Cheats. These practice setups (and others in the book and blog) help you ...

Read More