The Pool Stance

Pool players vary when it comes to size, shape and mobility therefore the stance will not be the same for all types of players. The main objective of the stance is to provide a solid base that help balance the body’s weight thereby minimizing unwanted movement while the player is stroking the cue stick and shooting the ball.

Although each player’s stance may not be exactly the same, there are a number of recommendations that can help find the correct and natural stance for you. These recommendations are:

  • A solid foundation to eliminate unnecessary movement
  • Distribute your body weight evenly to achieve the necessary balance for a solid foundation
  • Allow for enough room for your stroking arm to swing freely without any obstruction
  • It must feel natural and comfortable
  • The cue stick must be held as level as possible


The very first thing that you need to do before you even prepare for your stance is to stand behind the shot and align your body relative to the shot at hand.


The line of aim is an imaginary line from the cue ball towards the object that will allow the object ball to be pocketed. This line of aim is where you should stand behind to position yourself in order to achieve a perfect stance and pocket the object ball.


After you stand behind the shot, assuming you are a right handed player your right foot should be placed in line with the shot. The left foot should be to the left of the line. Approximate angle of your right foot to the line of aim is around 45 degrees and the angle of the left foot will vary depending on what you are comfortable with. An example illustration is shown below.

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