Activities Sports & Athletics Mosconi's Method: Parallel Aim - Pool And Billiards Share PINTEREST Email Print 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 April 17, 2018 01 of 04 Learn the Parallel Aim Method Matt Sherman 2008\ Let’s examine the parallel method of aiming pool balls. We are exploring a parallel aim method that is rather interesting, one suggested by the legendary Willie Mosconi from his 1950's Winning Pocket Billiards book. How would you plan to find the aim point on the 3-ball to pocket it in the side? What exact spot on the three would you aim to hit. Which part of the cue ball should hit there? And where do you stand and look to see the shot? 02 of 04 Mental Marking of Parallel Aim Lines Matt Sherman Mosconi described mentally marking a line through the object ball to the pocket. Take this line to the precise center of the pocket (the topmost part of the ball you can see, or its exact geographic center, or its base where it rests on the table). In other words, the south pole of the ball can be used, or its north pole, or in your mind's eye, what would be the peach pit at the interior center of the sphere, if the pool ball was a peach. All three points, the peach pit and north and south poles, lie on the "center" of the ball. Now, plot a parallel line running through the center of the cue ball to the nearest table cushion. Extend that line so it comes out the far side of the ball, too. 03 of 04 The Magic Line In Parallel Aiming Matt Sherman After composing parallel lines in your mind’s eye on the object ball and cue ball, deduce the shortest line that will bring the balls together on one aim line. The cue ball will come right behind the object ball to form one unit "aimed" for the pocket. 04 of 04 The Parallel Aim Stroke Matt Sherman Set your cue stick through the center of the cue ball so that it is on a parallel line to the line connecting the parallel lines for their stroke (the green line as shown, parallel to the blue line of connection. Note that although this has been called “the parallel aim method”, it is actually a plan to bring the edges of the balls together, and allows the actual object ball to be sighted upon, rather than some imagined ghost ball in space. That last is important. It's much, much easier to look at the object ball while aiming then an imaginary spot where the cue ball is targeted. It's easier, for one example, for me to pick out a target spot on a ball in a rack of balls than it is for me to "see" the ghost ball hit the rack to create a four or five ball combination! Most pros use some type of edge-to-edge method for ball impact visualization. They plan the aim line of the object ball then consider some edge or section from each ball they will connect together. You can do the same, and watch your scoring percentage improve dramatically.