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How to Grip the Pool Cue

How to Grip the Pool Cue

The Pool Cue Grip technique that you employ can be one of the most important parts of your billiard game. An improper pool cue grip can cause your otherwise proper shot to play out terribly wrong. There are two main things that one should keep in mind when thinking about their pool cue grip; The angle and straightness of your back arm, and the looseness of your actual hand around the butt of the cue.

How to Grip the Pool Cue

Your pool cue grip should be loose and relaxed, and should remain that way through your entire stroke. At first, you'll have to concentrate on not tightening it up, as tightening is a natural reflex. This is especially true if you are nervous or under stress when shooting. Use two to three fingers to hold your cue stick from the outside while using your thumb as support from the inside to keep your cue from falling out of your grip. This will make sure that you have full control of your cue while not having to grip it too tightly.

Keeping a loose grip will allow your cue to move through the stroke in one fluid motion. If your pool cue grip is too tight, it will cause the cue to jerk from its intended path during the stroke, causing the trajectory of the cue ball to differ from that which you intended.

The second aspect of the pool cue grip that you should think about is the angle of your back arm. Your wrist and lower arm should always be in a straight line up from the floor to the ceiling. (180 degrees) Your lower wrist or palm should point straight downward toward the floor and not inward (greater than 180 degrees) or outward. (less than 180 degrees) If your wrist is anything but aligned at the proper 180 degrees, your stroke is likely to jerk, since the natural motion of your arm, when in this position, will not be fluid and straight.

Finally, it is important to remember that once you get your pool cue grip established, you shouldn't need to think about it at each shot. It should just be right there like a natural thing that you have been doing for years. This will come only with practice.

Next, read about where to grip the pool cue.

How to Grip the Pool Cue

  • Title: How to Grip the Pool Cue
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 12/13/2006 11:09:40 AM

How to Grip the Pool Cue

The How to Grip the Pool Cue article belongs to the Billiard Fundamentals and Basics category. Pool playing tips for the beginner. Get started with these fundamental billiard drills

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