Practicing straight shots can improve your technique, but easy shots like that rarely come along in actual games. So its time to get comfortable with angled shots.To improve your angled shots, keep the target ball close the pocket at first. Imagine a line connecting the pocket to the target ball and extending to the other side of the table. Place the cue ball so that it does not fall on the line, and aim it so it will be on the line the instant that it hits the target ball. If your aim is accurate, you will pocket the target ball.Practice angled shots from a variety of locations around the table.As with any game of skill, all it takes is practice to improve your game.