# How to spin billiard ball

Follow via Twitter. There are three basic spin shots that can be used and these are top spin, bottom spin and side spin. English makes the process of aiming a little more difficult because of the effects of curve and throw. We simply removed all the friction with our outside english while hitting the point on the object ball we usually hit.

Read more on English... Learning this can only be done with a general knowledge of what happens at the point of contact and lots of practice. Side spin is used to affect the angle of departure from the cushion or the object ball by the cue ball after the shot has been played.

The cue ball only leaves the tangent line with follow or draw. One of the great joys for a new pool player is making the cue ball draw back from the object ball.

11. Topspin, Stun and Screw (beginners)

We make what I call the draw bridge. This is more relevant to shots with smaller angles like the one shown above although it is still applicable, to a lesser degree, to shots with more angle.

As you transition over from beginner to intermediate level pool player, you will begin to feel the need to use English to get to the next level.

## How to Use English or Side Spin in Pool & Billiards

Side spin Side spin is used to affect the angle of departure from the cushion or the object ball by the cue ball after the shot has been played. The tangent line is a path that is exactly 90 degrees off the direction the object ball has taken.

Of course there are variations to these shots sometimes unintentional if the cue tip has not struck true on the cue ball. All good players know how to use side english. Applying spin to the cue ball correctly requires a lot of practice to perfect the technique but it will add more to your game whether you are playing snooker, billiards or pool.

Quite often with some top spin shots you may see the cue ball seem to stop before starting to move forward again, a useful shot for exhibition events etc.

## Applying spin to the cue ball

As you can see practice really is important to perfect these shots and see the effect that they have on the cue ball. Not before or after contact with the object ball. Three things happen over time to the cue ball when we hit below center on the vertical axis.