Pool Lesson | Everything You Must Know About Position Game

Today I’m showing you a few principles that every pro player does In this lesson you will learn the main concept when it comes down to the positional game There are a few rules or principles that you just have to take care of when you play position for the next ball I’ve put six of these principles together. So, let’s get started. This is our first situation. We are playing ten-ball and have ball in hand on the four ball If you want to, pause this video right now and think about how you would run this rack so that we can compare afterwards. I will now try to run the rack without using any of the principles that you will learn. Just watch and analyze what I’m doing. Well, did you spot the problem? The problem began from the 5 to the 6 ball where I came too short. The problem was the poor position from the 5 to the 6. Or did the problem even start at my first shot from the 4 to the 5? It was the 4 to the 5 ball that caused the missed run…and here we come to the first principle: Think three shots ahead. That means: When I’m playing the 4 ball in, I don’t only think about getting a nice shot on the 5 ball. I’m thinking about getting a nice shot and position on the 5 ball in order to get as easy as possible to the 6 ball So I want to be on this side of the 5 ball to easily use one rail to the 6. In my run, I was on the wrong side I’m trying this shot again. And I came too short, so I’m trying again. I came too far. And now we come to the second principle: Pick a point on the table. Every time that you’re playing position, you want to pick a point on the table where the cue ball should end up. Of course, many times, there’s a large area where the cue ball could end up. But if you want to be more accurate and have less margin for error, you have to pick a point on the table. If you want to know more about that topic, watch my videos about secrets of visualization. So I’m picking a point and I finally get the right angle on the 5 ball and can go up table, but the problem with this shot is that the speed control is very tough. A little further, or a little slower, and I have no position on the 5 ball. So this leads us to the next principle: Going towards the line. As you saw, this is the point where we want to be. If you are drawing this line from the object ball to the cue ball to the rail, the angle is always the same if the cue ball is on this line. So our goal is to find a path so that the cue ball is moving on that line and isn’t crossing that line. That means that the cue ball has to hit here on the rail and then it goes towards the five ball on that line. Now I’ve just got to manage to hit the short rail, and bounce to that point on the long rail, and I’m going on the position line towards the five ball. Here my speed control is much easier because the angle doesn’t change on that line. The cue ball can be from here to here and it doesn’t change anything. So going towards the line is a pretty powerful way to get safe position. Do this as often as possible. Look for easy ways to go towards the line and don’t cross the position line. Now we can watch my final attempt to run this rack. For the next principles, we have a different situation. Again, we’re playing ten-ball and have ball in hand on the four ball. Here, we’re already using the “three shots ahead” principle This is the best spot for the cue ball, in order to get from the five ball to the six ball into the side. We’re just going one rail up table. What happened now is that it got safe. So our next principle is called: Avoid danger zones Well, what is a danger zone? A danger zone is a part of the table where we have no shot on the next ball. So, if it’s possible, we should not travel through these danger zones with the cue ball. So, do you see another way to get to that point without going through the danger zone? Before you think too much about that, there is no need to get to that point at all even if it’s probably the best spot for the cue ball to be. We will just use this angle and go the other way around to get position for the six ball. So we’re playing the shot, and we get a nice position on the five ball and get easily up table to the six ball But wait, what happened now? I didn’t manage to get to the seven ball but was the problem really my bad shot into the side pocket? No, my problem was that I didn’t get a nice angle on the six ball. This leads us to the next principle: Get into position zones So, let’s start over again. Here, you see me picking a point for the cue ball. This time, I’m going another way where I use the principle of going towards the line again. So, let’s take a closer look at the six ball. This is the straight-in shot on the 6 Obviously this side is bad. So I want to be on the up-table side of the line. Here I have a large zone where the cue ball can end up, so I’ve got to make sure that I’m in the zone I won’t take this point for my cue ball because it’s too close to the straight in shot. Instead, I want to be on one of these points. Now I decide to go the long way, because once I’m over that line, I will always have position. And even when I’m hitting the rail, the cue ball will spend a very long time on the right line in the position zone. I put too much left hand spin on the cue ball. That’s why I got dangerous with the cue ball and nine ball. But even with this misjudged amount of spin, I’m still in the position zone and I still have a perfect angle on the six ball in order to get to the seven ball. I’m not getting perfect position on the eight ball, but here you see another perfect example of going towards the nine ball. So remember: if there are zones for the cue ball to end up in, then don’t pick a point too near the border of the zone Just look for a point deep in the zone, so that there is no danger that you don’t make it into the zone with the cue ball For our last principle, we have this situation. This time we do not have ball in hand. We’re playing ten-ball and we have to get position from the four to the five ball again. Pause this video and think about it again. In my first attempt, I’m trying to draw the cue ball back and play the five into the same corner pocket, but as you see, it’s very tough to get on the right side of the five ball Now, I’m at the wrong side. I have to pound the ball in and do something crazy and not natural with the cue ball. What happens most of the time is something like this: Here I misjudge the shot again, and the only thing I have left is a combination on the seven ball. Finally I got a position to work with, but this also was luck and not really predictable. And look, I still have to go up table with the cue ball. This doesn’t work perfectly – I have another tough shot on the 6 ball. I came too short on the 7 ball into the side pocket. So I have to cut it very thin and hit it very slowly to hold for the 8 ball. This was just way too hard because the perfect pool should look easy and should be easy. I accidentally got the perfect position for the cue ball, but look how small the position zone for the cue ball is! You should never play that way. The margin for error is just way too small. But how do we play the shot then? For the last principle, I give you a quote from Buddy Hall: He was pretty much saying “Why should you try to get position if you already have position?” But what does it mean? It basically means: If you get position by just playing a stop shot or small draw or small follow or stun shot and you have position for the next ball – maybe not the perfect position for the cue ball on the table, but a position – you should play it. And in our example, we have that type of shot. Just play a small stun shot. Play the longer shot into the corner pocket. Draw a little back and the hard work is done, and that’s how easy pool can be. As I already mentioned in an older lesson, you can get so much better at pool just by planning things right – just by doing the right things and making right decisions. You don’t have to be better at making balls or better at getting position. No, it’s just the way you approach the game. Well, that’s it. If you like this video, please give me a thumbs up and leave a comment. The more comments and the more likes I get on a video, the more popular it gets on YouTube. So if you want to help me grow my channel, do me this small favor. I put many hours of producing in this video, so I really hope you enjoyed this lesson. And that’s it for today guys. Thanks for watching. See you at the next lesson. Take care.


  1. Yes – I and many of you could have run out, even with not following these principles, by just making the little tougher positional shots. But I want to show you how to make less mistakes and how to make the game as easy as possible. And you do that by following these principles. If you make these things, I garantuee you will make less mistakes.

    Enjoy your lesson guys!

    P.S. Sorry for my pants.

  2. I returned to pool after 35 years. The game changed a lot since the 70's and 80's.. I have studied dozens upon dozens of video's in the last 10 months. Your video's are my favorite. I was surprised that have become very competitive in 10 months. I have practiced hard also and have gotten to the point I am correcting myself. Thanks for your video's !

  3. I have a question, I used to practice daily and play tournaments and for $$$, but life happens and I had to stop for over 12 years, how can I go to my former skills?

  4. Well last situation i foreseen it correctly, but why did you apply top left spin on the 9? Shouldn’t a left low spin suffice?

  5. This is information that most of the players I see need. Everyone tries to force the balls to the position instead of rolling to the natural positions. Thanks

  6. its interesting vs snooker as in that game you can end up with many more choices on shot selection then the various ways to execute that shot you choose as well. It can get confusing or you can end up confusing yourself. I guess i try to play into areas and zones where id leave choices but this isnt always possible and at times you need to be very accurate. So its then a matter of which red you want to play on – how will you know its the best shot if cant recongnise the pattern or sequence ? Its also very hard actually to think 3 shots ahead all the time…

  7. thank you for showing the different possibilities on how to run and position a cue ball for each shot on the table. the demonstrations are very helpful for a novice player.

  8. I love this video channel. Great work. I love the way you explained in the kicking (mirror system) how it would work and you advised to add your feel in the end. Bravo. Please continue.

  9. 🙋🏼Hello, On that last example the whole time I was thinking that it was a simple runout, nothing fancy to do, just a few stun shots. But when you started making it more difficult than it had to be I thought maybe you were trying to show a better way to do it. But then you did exactly what I was thinking and it made me realize I was right. It's good to know that I had the right mind set all along.
    What many people don't think about ( I'd love to see you make a video on) is that the easy shot isn't always the first shot you should make, especially when you have a lot of balls tied up or on the rails. Also, could you do more videos on safety play and using kick shots to get out of difficult situations to make a shot? More often in league or tournament play we are put in difficult situations where we need to know how to kick at the ball. I'd like to know how a rail reacts when you use English to shot at it. That kind of video would be so helpful. Thank for another great video, your a wonderful teacher.
    BTW is that you making the shots in the video? Just curious🤔

  10. after playing on a SLOW beach table in the Philippines, I forgot all this, be nice to play on a good table again.

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  12. Good stuff. One thing I would add, is it is preferable to work the ENTIRE initial table backwards or forwards (whichever you prefer, but I find backwards faster and easier, last ball back to the first you'll shoot). This let's you work out key balls to the final (if not rotation, obviously) and key balls to breakouts early on while "insurance" balls are easily obtainable if the breakout doesn't go exactly to plan and a shot didn't come available out of it. It also lets you, IMHO, work out rolling balls up shot lines rather than across them more often (and more easily) to mitigate the "cost" of speed errors, at least, I suspect, until you get to where your patterning capabilities are more automatic (learned). I do agree the 3 ball ahead is a minimum, though, and a good place to start. I like your channel and your explanations.

    For people commenting they can run out without this, OK, but not as often, and EVERY pro and good amateur level player uses and understands this stuff, and will beat you (almost surely) in the long run pretty much EVERY time. Nuff' said. It's kind of like the other night in league where I got a "MAN, that was a really good shot!" from a guy who is MUCH better than I am (probably an A player, or VERY close). I felt like saying, yeah, it will be nice to get to the point where my positioning DOESN'T require shots like that.

    If you look around, you can find another source, I think it's Hall's or Massey's clock English technique to understand a lot about the English application/result in a simple to follow format.

    AND, as for the pants, at least your underwear wasn't riding down….thanks for that! 😉 Liked.

  13. Sharivari has some of the best instructional videos on the web. Each video is concise and informative. Watch, listen and learn. Thanks Sharivari!

  14. several points: 1-Buy a second camera, 2-turn your hat around, 3-wear a shirt that fits, 4-LOSE the cartoon-like swooshing sounds, 5-FEWER mistakes not "less mistakes"


  15. I watch a lot of videos and this is def one of the best I’ve ever seen. Real life situations showing the common mistakes and how to plan differently. Thanks for all the work you put into the video and thinking the way a little better than average players would think. Super helpful!

  16. This video refreshed my memory about traveling into the line of aim for future shots. This, like all of your videos, are well paced, and visually demonstrated in a way a common person can understand. Grateful that there are people like you who give us an opportunity to learn to think like a great pool player. Thank you.

  17. Hey man! Greetings from Bulgaria(next to Greece XD). My name is Vesselin(means joyful) and I'm 17. So I have been playing pool for about 3 months and honestly i seriously misjudged the game by thinking that it's just potting. But the people in my club noticed that for an amateur I have a pretty good base and I should go deeper in the fundamentals of the game. I found out your channel and I must say that you are amazing. I cant tell how much of a good player you are on pro level , but as a teacher you are brilliant. Not only you present the things maybe the best way possible(I have watched other people explaining these topics and no one could make it so clear) but you inspired me to improve myself and now I LOVE the game. I'm so sorry that your channel isn't as big as you deserve and I really hope for you to gain popularity. I will reccomend your channel to all my friends who play and hopefully they will do the same In order to support you. Im really joyful ;D that there are still people like you in these hard YouTub times . THANK YOU!<3

  18. Susme hahaha. Ok video maganda..
    Sakin lang be natural..
    Wag pahirapn billiard..
    1 to 9 ..
    1st shot, makes possition the cue ball to the next ball and so on and so fort.. Tama english hahaha trages tara laro na lang..

  19. 8:00 and what about ball#1(yellow one)… that one is first than any other ball… you have to learn the order before you start teaching your shitty english mafucka

  20. How to instantly gain respect as a player? pull your freaking pants up so you don't look like an idiot who doesn't have enough brains to know how to wear pants. And don't wear a cap backwards. Are you the freaking catcher? Is this baseball?

  21. From the top pool couple in NS we enjoy your explanation of the game. Get a chuckle every time you say wideo instead of video. 🙂

  22. As a beginner your videos are great, easily the best on YouTube, the ball in the corner showing were to hit has helped me immensely thx for the time you take to make all your videos , keep up the excellent work

  23. I love the way you show us where you hit the cue ball on every shot. That is so very helpful. Thank you for your videos. Subscribed!

  24. would be nice, if you also put those principles into the description, if we just wan't a little refresh on that topic.

    Really great video btw.

  25. I'm not complaining but just drawing your attention to #5 Get Into Position Zones: You SAID the correct thing (?) "too much left" on the 5 to get at the 6 and almost got snookered behind the 9, but the X on the cue ball DIAGRAM at the top of screen is showing too much right hand side. To say it another way, the X on the diagram cue ball is not correct. As I said, it's NOT a complaint, I love what you do and you are one of the best instructors in my opinion! Thank you SO much for teaching talent.

  26. Pull your f'ing pants up. No one wants to see that. And based on your ability to articulate, you are smart enough to know that by now.

  27. Thank you, my friend. Muy buena ensenanza. Y sobre todo, tiene toda la paciencia del mundo, como saber dirigir las bolas. Gracias , otra vez.

  28. p1 & p2 r some common suggestions i could hear from else where, but p3 – p6 are so brilliant and unique, thanks to Sharivari

  29. Pull your pants up! That style is out, a tell you the truth, it was never in. Makes you look uneducated. I'm a Big fan, but now just a little less.

  30. I dont know you guys but me this is pretty hard for me to control the cb postitioning very hard, by the way I am still a noob beginner just pick pool last month and I starting to fell in love with pool no hard feeling guys and girl.

  31. Best training video I've seen with showing the actual english displayed on the ball.. Thank you for the trouble you put into this video for us.

  32. I have a question for anyone.im an amature player and iwant to know when you hit the ball straight into a pocket and use say for insatance left english do i aim straight at pocket?

  33. Überschrift Deutsch, Erklärung im Video Englisch!!! Schwacher Leistung Freunde! Sorry aber das passt nicht zusammen!
    Auf Deutsche Version würde man sich auch freuen😉 LG und viel Glück🍀

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