Archive for August 10th, 2009

Corner Pocket PoolIf you have master the art of shooting pool balls straight into the pockets it is important to remember other than keeping low and looking straight down the shaft of your cue that a good long mild stroke will always beat a shooter who is slamming balls around a table. The reason why is that rails are soft and are meant to compress. Plus if you shoot hard you have a higher rate of inaccurate shot. Most players who shoot harder, and harder are either 2 things. Inexperienced shooters, or they are trying to intimidate you or the crowd in some way.

Shooting into a pool ball into any pocket should be a very nice finesse calm shot with follow through. This way if you are a little off target when it hits the pocket corners it follows its Pattern and drops into the pocket. A great example of seeing this is when a shooter shoots too hard and it barley hits a corner it rattles back and forth in between a corner pocket, the reason why is when it hits the corner it compresses the rail which will change the complete angle of the shot itself. To prove this all you have to do is walk up to one of these pockets and press one the corner of the pocket, notice it sinks in. Now imagine you shooting a ball hard into that corner with the compression, you have now changed your angle completely and this is why pool palls rattle inside of pockets.

Pool is a complete game of finesse, watch the professionals if you notice none of them shoot hard or make any loud pocket noises. The reason why is they are taking their time with nice smooth long strokes and not focusing on power at all. So shooting hard does not force a pool balls or billard balls in, but a slower smooth shot can save you shot if you are a little off.


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Holding a pool cue and getting ready to shoot should always feel comfortable as well as stable. Many new player hold their stick on top of their hand like a bridge holding up a bus and in may cases if you were brought up to shoot like that this can feel very natural the problem with this hold is that it has a higher percentage of moving around on top of your hand if your knuckles are not completely stable. It is much better to hold your cue stick above your index finger and curl your middle finger over the cue stick this will add more stability while you are shooting as well and give you a sure shot no matter where you are aiming. The real key is to bend your arm and preferably on the table so that your full arm acts as a bi-pod or tripod that will add indefinite amount of stability on a pool table.

Mastering this hold will also allow you to work on what is really important in a pool game which is stroke, using other above hand techniqeus will mess up your stroke because you are now shooting from various angle instead of one. Plus with the hand bridge technique shooting over a ball limits your stability and forces you to shoot off your finger tips and will decrease your confidence level if you ahve to mess with it too much while you are shooting on the felt.

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