The line drill is a great warm-up and practice drill, perfect for getting your arm warm for tournaments or league nights. It gets you comfortable running full tables and doesn’t require the use of much sidespin. Most shots will require stun, draw or follow.

If you find yourself failing to clear open tables, this drill will help solve that issue.

The beginner variations of the line drill are quite easy and you should progress to the more advanced levels fairly quickly. This is a position play drill and will improve your speed control and pattern play.

All variations can be made more difficult by keeping the cue ball on one side of the table and limiting the number of cushions or pockets used.

For most players, myself included the line drill was the first pool drill I learned as a beginner and one I continue to use today.

Tips for The Line Drill

Focus on your speed control and keeping the cue ball on the right side of your next shot.

The quickest way to fail this drill is to get on the wrong side of your next ball or frozen on the cushion.

Variations

Level 1 – For Beginners

The Line Pool Drill for Beginners

Rules

  • Start with ball in hand
  • No contact with other balls
  • Pot the balls in any pocket
  • Pot the balls in any order

If potting all 15 balls is too difficult for you, remove balls 8 – 15. Once you can successfully pot balls 1 – 7 a few times in a row, add the other balls back to the table.

Remember practice is supposed to be enjoyable and challenging not impossible.

Once you can complete this drill 3 times in a row, move on to level 2.

Level 2 – For Intermediate Players

The Line Pool Drill for Intermediate Players

Rules

  • Start with ball in hand
  • No contact with other balls
  • Pot the balls in any pocket
  • Pot the balls in order 1 – 15

Whilst only a small change, it makes a very big difference.

For the intermediate level, you should aim to run all 15 balls in order 1 – 15. This adds much more emphasis on getting in the right position instead of the right area for your next shot.

Once again, if potting all 15 balls is too difficult (which it will be), start with 6 balls and when you are comfortably running the table, add 1 or 2 balls at a time until you get up to 15.

Another Intermediate variation would be to order the balls randomly and then run all 15 balls using 8-ball rules. Pot all solids followed by the stripes and then finish with the 8-ball.

Once you can complete this drill 3 times in a row, move on to level 3.

Level 3 – For Advanced Players

The Line Pool Drill for Advanced Players

Rules

  • Start with ball in hand
  • No contact with other balls
  • Pot the balls in any pocket
  • Pot the balls in order 1 – 15

Once again, only a small change but it makes this drill incredibly difficult.

For the advanced line drill, we’ve kept the same rules but changed the position of the balls. As shown in the above image.

This adds a lot more emphasis on your speed control and makes getting in the right position for your next shot, essential.

To make the advanced version even harder, try using only the top and bottom cushions or keeping the cue ball on one side of the table.

Can you complete all 3 levels? Or have any variations of your own?

Let us know in the comments below.

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