About The Hobbies Guide

Hi everyone and welcome to The Hobbies Guide. This site originally started as a Billiards blog but I realized I enjoy writing about all my hobbies so, I changed it into an all-around hobby blog.

Billiards is one of my passions and has been from an early age. However, I also cycle, play table tennis, swim, run, hike, play video games, and much more. So, this site will cover all the activities I do.

I may not be the best at each one of my hobbies but I’m someone that likes to be good at what I do. When I pick up a new hobby, I usually spend a long time learning everything I can about the activity. I follow all the pros, check out all the online tips and find the best equipment. So, while I may not be the best, I’ll share information with you that will help you improve.

My first hobby that I was passionate about and put all my time into was Billiards. I remember when I first started playing I was too little to see over the table so I would stand on a stool so I could shoot. I started learning how to play when I was 6 and I’ve loved the game ever since.

My Billiards Journey

I initially learned how to play from my parents.

I was very competitive, so when my dad was at work I would play pool for almost the entire day until I could beat them. It took a lot of time but eventually, I was able to play on par with both of my parents. Now, I teach my parents different tricks and help them get better at shooting pool.

Many people look at billiards as a game of luck when in reality it’s very similar to chess. Most players only focus on their current shot.

Good players know where the cue ball will stop and where their next shot will be. The best players know exactly where the cue ball will be 6 or 7 shots in advance.

For these players, every shot and every position is planned. The cue ball may not stop on a dime but they know almost exactly where it will end up.

You’re able to do this by understanding english and cue ball control.

cutthroat pool

Having a pool table in my house from an early age allowed me to practice and perfect my pool game. Now, I have won multiple pool tournaments. These aren’t major pool tournaments, I’m not a professional but I’ve won multiple tournaments local to me.

Now I want to share what I’ve learned with other people.

Over the years of shooting pool, I’ve learned how to control the cue ball, how to do bank shots, kick shots, jump shots, masse’ shots, and how to use english to get the best positioning on my next shot.

How I Learned To Play Pool

When I was learning how to play pool, it wasn’t common to search the internet for the answer. So, a lot of my pool knowledge was self-taught from having a basic understanding of physics and geometry. Luckily my parents taught me on a full-sized pool table and not a kids’ pool table.

putting english on cue ball

My parents were very helpful with the basics, but they didn’t understand all the different ways you can use english and control the ball. They taught me the basics of shooting pool. I took that and expanded on it.

Now, I teach them as much as I can.

On this blog, I will be sharing all the stuff that I’ve learned over the years, so that you don’t have to teach yourself. You can follow the tips on this blog to help boost your game to the next level.

You’ll get 19 years of experience condensed into some short articles.

When you have someone to explain concepts to you, all it takes is practice to move your game to the next level.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Founder of The Hobbies Guide

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