Jumping a pool ball is a stellar way to score at billiards and display your prowess at pool. To properly jump a pool ball you need to know how to position your body, where to hit the cue ball, and how hard to hit it. To do all of these things like a pro you need to practice constantly until you are able to judge the force and angle that are required to jump any ball.
The Proper Way
Many amateurs scoop the cue ball when they need to make it jump. However, this is illegal. What you need to do is use the jump cue stick and apply sufficient force at the right angle to make the cue ball jump over the obstacle. Practice at first by placing a low obstacle such as a cue stick across the billiards pool table. In such a case, the angle at which you strike the cue ball will be low. The force you should apply on the cue ball depends on the length you want the ball to travel. Too much force will lead to the cue ball traversing the target ball as well.
Angles and Trajectory
Once you have mastered jumping a cue stick, you are ready to jump a ball. In this case, you need to increase the angle at which the cue ball is struck. If you want the cue ball to go over the center of the obstacle ball, use a larger angle than if the obstacle ball is to the side.
Another important thing to watch out for when planning to jump a pool ball is the position of your body. When you want to jump a pool ball, keep your chin down and your eyes on the cue ball. Also ensure that your shoulders and elbow are in line with the cue ball. The force on the cue stick should be applied by your wrist with ease, so your hand and wrist should be below your elbow not above your shoulder. This position helps you to control both the angle of the cue stick and the force applied and ensures that you can jump pool balls with ease.
While knowing the techniques is the first step in jumping a pool ball, the next step is constant practice. This practice needs to be done with care to ensure that the baize is not damaged by the cue stick.