Lesson Plan #7: Learn Bank Shots and Kick Shots

An advanced level player needs to have the knowledge and skill to execute shots that requires the use of the rail cushions. There are situations when the shooter doesn’t always have a clear space for the object ball to travel towards the pocket. When this situation occurs, the object ball needs to ‘bank’ or hit the rail first prior to going into the intended pocket. In some cases, the cue ball does not have a clear path to hit an intended object ball. In this case, the cue ball needs to hit the rail first prior to striking the intended object ball. This lesson plan will give you the tools to execute both the Bank Shot and the Kick Shot. It is imperative in this lesson plan that you do the exercises provided to learn to execute the bank and kick shot.

You can also keep track of your progress by downloading a checklist document for Lesson Plan #7.

Student must have completed:
Lesson Plan #1: Learn the fundamentals of Pocket Billiards
Lesson Plan #2: Learn How to Aim and pocket object balls
Lesson Plan #3: Learn the Three Basic Shots in Pool
Lesson Plan #4: Learn the Basics of Controlling the Cue Ball
Lesson Plan #5: Understanding English or Side Spin
Lesson Plan #6: Learn Advanced Shots in Pocket Billiards

If you have completed the pre-requisites, please continue to the specific articles below. Otherwise, please take the required Lesson plan(s) first.

  1. LESSON 7.1: Bank ShotsLesson Outline
    · Introduction
    · Angle in Equal Angle out
    · Video Demonstration
    · Equal Extended Rail Distance Method
    · Video Demonstration – Equal Extended Rail Distance Method
    · Effects of Speed on Bank Shots
    · Additional Reading (Optional): How to successfully make a Bank Shot
    Start Lesson 7.1
  2. LESSON 7.2: Effects of English on Bank ShotsLesson Outline
    · Using Inside English
    · Using Outside English
    Start Lesson 7.2
  3. LESSON 7.3: Effects of Draw and Follow on Bank ShotsLesson Outline
    · Using Draw and Follow on Bank Shots
    Start Lesson 7.3
  4. LESSON 7.4: How to Execute a 1-Rail Kick ShotLesson Outline
    · Geometry of a 1-Rail Kick Shot
    · Additional Reading (Optional): How to make a Kick Shot
    Start Lesson 7.4
  5. LESSON 7.5: How to Execute a 2-Rail Kick ShotLesson Outline
    · Geometry of a 2-Rail Kick Shot
    · Video Demonstration
    Start Lesson 7.5
  6. LESSON 7.6: The Diamond SystemLesson Outline
    · The Diamond System Simplified
    Start Lesson 7.6

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