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Published on October 15, 2013, by Steve Faber in Billiards.

How to Make a Cut Shot in Pool

It’s one of the most common situations in which to find yourself on the pool table. You’ve got to sink a ball in a pocket that’s not directly lined up with the cue ball and the object ball, but off to the side. It’s called a cut shot, and mastering it can propel your game to a whole new level. Here’s how to make a cut shot in pool.

How to Miss Your Cut Shot

One of the most common techniques used to line up a cut shot is to use the cue to find the aiming point on the object ball by using the cue to point at the spot on the object ball opposite the pocket. While common, that technique will give you limited success at best. Why? Easy, you’ll miss most of your shots that way!

Making Your Cut Shot – Where to Aim on the Object Ball


If that doesn’t work, what does? Well, it’s close, but close doesn’t cut it here, pardon the pun. You really don’t want to aim at the object ball at all, and that’s they key to making a cut shot that flummoxes so many shooters.

What does work to find the cut shot aiming point is to place another ball so that it’s lined up perfectly with the object ball and pocket, with the object ball between the second ball.

The second ball should be close enough to touch the object ball. Where it’s touching is the same place that you would have aimed if you used the cue stick alignment method that doesn’t work. What’s the difference, then?

The Difference

With the “second ball” technique, you aim at the spot on the table where the second ball touches the table. It’s directly lined up with the spot on the ball you found using the other method, but about an inch away on the table. See the diagram below. That’s the true aiming point that will make your cut shots drop like a panties on a honeymoon.

How to Make a Cut Shot in Pool

Don’t fall for the banana in the tailpipe…. oh, wait, wrong movie, but don’t fall for the use the cue to point to the spot on the object ball for your cut shot.