Activities Sports & Athletics Begin Better Aim - The Real Secret When Your Aim Goes Awry, This Here Is Why! Share PINTEREST Email Print Aiming pool may be reduced to this fact of locking on target before bending to shoot. Photo (c) Matt Sherman, licensed to About.com, Inc. Sports & Athletics Billiards Shots & Strokes Equipment Baseball Basketball Bicycling Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Matthew Sherman Matthew Sherman is an experienced pool and billiards instructor and the author of "Picture Yourself Shooting Pool." our editorial process Matthew Sherman Updated March 08, 2017 I'm going to tell you the real story on aiming in pool. This is the pro method to ensure better play at billiards today, immediately, with your next shot. I'll get right to the point, as I often try to do here at About.com. Aiming Right Begins With Confidence The main difference between the pro and the amateur in aiming pool is that the beginner (and most intermediates) bend over the cue ball and fiddle with their aim in place, where the pro not only 1) locks into their stance without changing their aim again (unless they feel they need to change their aim and they stand up, begin once again, and settle in to lock position) but 2) sets their stance to begin, ensuring the cue ball is locked on the target before they bend to the shot. Why Dick And Jane Aim Wrong At Most Pool Shots Read the previous paragraph 20 times if you must to absorb it fully. Let's break it down further: a) Pros get into the stance and then their cue tip never fiddles around near the cue ball. Never. b) If a pro is unsure about aim for the upcoming shot, they stand up and start their stance/pre-shot process once again from the beginning, and get it right. Why Pros Do And Don't Do It This Way The reason why pros don't fiddle about in the stance with aim is because a tiny change in the cue tip at the cue ball becomes a foot-long miss on the other side of the table. I see league and other players move their tip around as if they are trying to find the aim line from the stance, and as if moving the tip doesn't change the whole line of the stick as it is aimed from butt to tip. Moving your tip around in the stance is a great way to lose confidence and the next shot. You will never get better in pool until you: 1. Come straight down onto the cue ball 2. Leave your cue tip right there 3. Stroke, and then figure out whether you were aimed correctly, undercut the shot or overcut it, then adjust This all leads to what I call the trust stroke. The trust stroke technique will sharpen not only your stroke, but your aim. Secrets Of The Pros Yes, the pros use secret aiming systems. More I will not say right now (unless you are paying my usual lesson fee starting at $500 U.S. for a session)! Although another hint I can give you, as shown on articles elsewhere here at this About.com expert guidance website, is this--my stance is designed so that nothing is in the way of making pure center ball contact to sink the next object ball. That's about as close as I can come to telling you my secret aiming pool systems for better billiards! Have fun and shoot me an e-mail if you want to discuss this further.