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Pool Cue Grip Technique

Pool Cue Grip Technique

Bottom line; pool cue grip technique is extremely important, and is often overlooked when trying to improve a billiard game.

Pool Cue Grip Technique

When we are aiming for a billiard shot, we visualize the stroke and the proper angle. One assumption that we make when visualizing the shot is that the stroke will be perfectly fluid and will be delivered smoothly, just as we envisioned it. For most, this is not the case, since their pool cue grip technique prevents them from executing the intended shot.

To begin setting up a proper pool cue grip technique, you need to first find a comfortable, relaxed grip, and ensure that it is consistent throughout your stroke. Don't tense up half way through or your perfectly envisioned shot will fall apart because your stroke will skew to the left or right and become erratic. Too tight of a grip will tense up muscles in the forearm which will cause your stroke to perform erratically. Likewise, too loose a grip and you could lose control of the stroke.

Find the balance point in the cue, and then as a general starting point, move back about four inches. Alternatively, there is a different method of finding out where to grip your pool cue. Click to read the article. It will indicate that there is the proper place for gripping on your cue stick on most types of shots. There are shot situations where the nature or requirements of shot itself calls for you to adjust your grip hand slightly forward or backwards a few inches. For the most part however, your grip hand should be about four inches behind the balance point on the cue.

The psychology behind this is that you are trying to train your eye to work with your hand. When this falls in to place after tons of practice, your consistency will greatly improve. Repetition is the best form of training available. As Analipotese said, "the organism repeats that which is pleasurable." The eye and the hand need to work together and each must be coordinated since the eye will interpret the shot, and then command your body to moves your hand accordingly. Your hand will then instinctively react to what the eye sees and processes, based on previous experience. It is like driving in a whiteout storm where the snow is so thick you can barely see the road. If you have never driven the road before, panic sets in, and you stress out and tense up. If you have much experience driving the road, you'll fare much better. So, become one with your grip hand, and try to mentally link up what your eyes see, and how your hand (should) react in that shot situation. Forget preconceptions, let the eyes and the grip become one being, transfer your eye to your griping, shooting hand and visualize the successful shot.

If you can develop an acute sense of feeling with your back hand you'll succeed. Some drills for this can help. It will only come with practice and more practice. Good luck!

Pool Cue Grip Technique

  • Title: Pool Cue Grip Technique
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 12/13/2006 1:02:08 PM

Pool Cue Grip Technique

The Pool Cue Grip Technique 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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