Ask the Viper

Melissa Little

Melissa “The Viper” Little has been a WPBA Touring Professional for over 10-years, she has represented the USA in Four WPA World Championships, is the current USA Bar Table Champion for 8-Ball and 9-Ball and has over 20 top-10 WPBA career finishes. Melissa is the house-pro at the Wynkoop Brewing Company located in Downtown Denver and is sponsored by The Wynkoop, Jacoby Custom Cues and The Colorado Cue Times. She teaches monthly clinics, gives private lessons, and has created a juniors program that promotes billiards education to the local youth. For more information about Melissa please visit:


“I am new to billiards and I was wondering what you would suggest I do to improve my shot aiming.  I can always see the angle needed to pocket a ball but can never hit it perfectly.  Any tips or advice?”


Pocketing shots are broken down into different parts; 1) Look at the object ball to the pocket. 2) Look at the cue ball to the object ball. 3) Walk into the shot 4) Practice strokes 5) Follow through the shot. 6) Stay down till the cue ball stops rolling.

During my clinics one of the first things I ask my students is “do you have a pre-shot routine”?  I proceed and have each of them jot down what theirs is… then I encourage them with mine.

Everyone needs a pre-shot routine – this way you’re developing some structure and discipline in your game. We all strike for consistency….

My best advise is to join one of my open clinics- the next one is scheduled for Saturday, July 17th, 2010 at the Wynkoop and you can get more information off of my website at

Best of luck to you,


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