At That Hipster, we love teaching our customers the ropes when it comes to playing ping pong or pool. So, here’s our guide on how to correctly aim in order to sink more shots.

Aiming Like a Pro

As a beginner, learning how to correctly aim your cue can be one of the most challenging aspects of the game. A teacher will tell you to draw an imaginary line from the object ball that extends to the center of the pocket. The line that exits the object ball is the target point. However, many beginners often shoot for the center of their cue ball at this point and this can result in a hit that’s too full. For a beginner it won’t be simple to see the spot on the ball that needs to strike the object ball, but with practice, you’ll be able to easily find it and become a more confident player.

In order to help a person deliver the cue ball to the correct spot there are several methods you can choose from, but the best technique to use involves seeing the path that’s created by the line. The cue ball and the object ball are the same size, with an official size that’s a little over two inches in diameter. This size can help you to deliver the cue properly.

Choose a point on the table that’s about an inch from the outside edge of the ball and in line with the pocket.

Once you’ve correctly determined the path to the object ball, make sure you focus on the ball when you stroke. This path is what you’ll use to see how to accurately deliver the ball, but when you stroke you’ll need to pay close attention to your target instead of the path.

Ghost Balls

To aim correctly, most people use the popular ghost ball technique. This is merely a matter of deciding where you’ll deliver the cue ball and visualizing the ball resting against the object ball at the correct contact point. Next, you’ll stroke as if you’re replacing the ghost ball with a real cue ball.

A Better Option for Certain Shots

Distant point aiming is not as reliable for aiming as using a ghost ball, but it’s a great choice for certain shots. To use, line up the path to your object ball and scope out where the center of the cue ball will hit the rail if it travels through the object ball with no deflection. If lined up correctly, take aim at the cue ball’s center at the chosen spot on the rail so that the cue ball will make contact with the object ball on the correct spot.