The author tries for that perfect three-rail-into-the-corner-pocket shot.

The author tries for that perfect three-rail-into-the-corner-pocket shot.

There’s magic in the rifle-like crack of a solid break, or dropping the eight-ball on an impossible three rail shot with your peers watching. It’s kind of like swishing a three-pointer in basketball or winning a huge pot of cash in poker. But shooting pool’s even better, because it’s wheelchair friendly–and inexpensive. And a great social outlet. Just show up at any bar or pool hall, play a few games and you start to make friends. There are other benefits: Pool is easy on the joints and tendons, you can play at any age, and it’s not weather dependent. Shooting pool from a wheelchair also provides one of the most level playing fields in all of sport.

“Watch an able-bodied pool player. They have to lean over to get their chin near the table to line up a shot. The cool thing about playing from a chair is you’re in this position to begin with, so you have a slight advantage in lining up a good shot,” says Ken Force, CEO of the National Wheelchair Poolplayer Association. Force, 46, a T1 complete para from Garden Grove, Calif., has been playing pool most of