Now that you know draw, you should learn its counterpart. Just like there's backspin, draw, there is topspin, forward. Forward is applied to a cue ball when you hit on the top of the ball. The procedure and technique is exactly the same as draw. Keep your arm and cue as level as possible, parallel to the ground. You may find it a bit harder with forward because you have to slightly elevate the cue. Also keep in mind the importance of follow through. And don't forget to chalk your cue before every shot.


No, not the language. English actually refers to any time the cue ball isn't struck directly in the center. Most beginning players may aim to hit the center not realizing all it takes is 1/8 of an inch to impart english. While english is useful for positioning and trick play, the fact that spin is applied to the ball when it was not initially intended usually results in a missed shot. If the english is minimal enough to still make the intended object ball, a player has "cheated" the pocket. English can also be affected by the speed and follow through. The slower the shot, the more effect the english will have on the cue ball. A faster shot is still as capable of putting english on the ball, but it may curtail the english a bit, compared to the same shot, slowed down.


By far the most appealing trick, masse means to curve the ball. This takes a ton of practice because in order to masse properly, you have to be able to shoot with an elevated cue. Masse means, in basic terms, hitting the ball at an elevated angle. Whether you're shooting at a 1-degree angle or 90-degree angle, it is a masse shot. Masse shots are possible with a barely elevated cue. If you want to curve the ball right, hit the ball on the extreme right side of the ball, with your cue elevated at 20 degrees. Experiment with different angles. Remember to follow through. The harder you hit, the more immediate the curve. Trick shot artists are the most common users of masse shots because of their degree of difficulty. Player beware: masse shots require an incredibly steady bridge. Because the cue is coming down at such a steep angle and with the aid of gravity, masse shots usually hit the ball with such velocity that it may sound like a gun shot when the cue makes contact with the ball. Unfortunately, many amateurs try to masse without having a handle on how to do it and inexperienced masse shots can ruin the felt on pool tables. If you're playing billiards in a public place, ask before attempting a masse shot. Some places outlaw them because of the risk to the tables.