Distance is so important to a good pool game that mastery over it separates the amateurs from the pros. Even someone who knows very little about pool knows that the right stance and the right measurements determine accuracy.
One of the advantages to shooting pool with your own cue is that the “magic” distance never changes. Distance is critical to a good pool game, and it’s important to know how to measure it against the upcoming shot. Use your cue stick like a ruler to gauge the distance and the right stance for the next shot. You can also measure it against your height, your shooting foot’s distance from the ball, and from the table to the butt end of your cue stick resting on your hip.
From the top, your cue stick is separated into two parts, the butt end and the shaft end. The butt end is the bottom, the heavier part. You’ll want your shooting hand about half-way along the butt, low and parallel to the table, with the end of it resting on your hip, right above your pocket. This allows for straight shooting. Anything else allows too much play in the cue. It may not look like that, but most accurate shots are separated from disaster by a fraction of a millimeter.
Many people bend over to shoot. This is a mistake. Your stance is critical to ensuring accuracy. Since your shooting foot is already where it needs to be to make the shot, place your bridge hand about halfway up the shaft, so you’ve got your cue stick in thirds. Most of the people playing like to wiggle their cue tip until it’s perfectly lined up with the ball. This destroys their chances of shooting accurately. Instead, move your bridge hand along the staff until you’ve got the right angle, and your cue will automatically float into that magic distance again.
About the Author
Akaash Prasad is the Manager of Qstix,a leading online pool accessories and billiard supplies retailer. QStix offers a large selection of billiard equipment including pool cues, pool cue cases, custom pool cues and many other supplies. QStix has all the billiards equipment you need in one place to make the buying process as easy as possible.
May 10, 2013 Friday at 5:25 am