Hey and welcome to my Web site, How to Draw a Cue Ball. My name is Eugenio Torrens. I've been playing pool since before I was 10 years old. As for how long I've been playing seriously? That would take me to the summer before my freshman year of college. What started out as a weekend pastime with friends became a hobby for me. My freshman year at UF is really where I matured and evolved more into the pool player I am now. I've been a pool player for nearly two years now. In that time, I've acquired the necessary skills to help anyone who is looking just to improve with a cue. Drawing a cue ball just means putting backspin on it. It's a neat trick but also serves as an essential tool for any pool player. Drawing a cue ball really isn't that hard, it's drawing consistently that's a challenge. If you don't know how to draw and are curious, you've hopefully come to the right place. Below are some steps and videos to help you learn how to draw, or maybe just brush up your technique. Thanks and enjoy!

Step 1

Set up any object ball (any numbered ball) and have a cue ball about 12 inches away, straight behind. The length between the balls is important: the lesser the distance, the easier to draw. When the cue ball and object ball are a table's length apart, it's much harder to draw.

Step 2

Chalk up your cue, whether it's a house cue or your own cue. Chalk reduces friction and will help prevent that annoying pang sound called a miscue, meaning most likely your cue glanced off the ball.

Step 3

Step up to the cue ball and prepare to shoot. Technique is different among various people. You may want to get low to the table, or shoot standing more erect. It's up to you, however you feel most comfortable.

Step 4

RELAX! If you're tense and white-knuckling the cue, your movement will be jerky. You want to grab the cue lightly, toward the back of the cue but not all the way at the butt. You want to have your elbow close to your body and your elbow should be as still as possible as your forearm directs the cue, back and forth. This is one of the biggest mistakes beginners face. You don't want to push the cue or heave it up and down as you make contact, back and forth with the cue as parallel to the ground as possible.

Step 5

When you feel most comfortable and you've got the shooting rhythm down (which will take time, lots of time) aim your cue toward the bottom of the cue ball, while keeping the cue as parallel as possible with the ground. If you aim too low, like you might hit the table first, you'll scoop the ball up into the air and most likely miss the intended object ball. If you aim center or higher, you won't draw it and will end up stunning the ball, stopping it in its tracks after it makes contact with the object ball.

Step 6

AIM LOW and SHOOT LOW. Stroke it, don't poke it. As in golf and basketball, following through is a key part of the draw shot. Imagine a cue ball glued to the object ball, obstructing your straight-in shot. Try to hit the imaginary cue ball as you're following through. REMEMBER! Hold the cue lightly. Don't tense up. There should be no facial difference between your practice strokes and your actual stroke, it should come naturally and effortlessly.

Step 7

EXPERIMENT! Once you get the straight-in draw shot once, try it repeatedly until it becomes habitual.

Vary your stroke speed, see if you can control how far you want to draw it back and see how far you can draw it back, a table's length? Draw shots at angles whip the ball around on its backward path and are aesthetically pleasing.