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Stroke Drills

Refer to the Figure 1 below. The idea behind this practice drill is to determine if you have a straight stroke. Place the cue ball on the head spot and aim straight at the second diamond on the other end of the table. Make sure that you aim without english or spin on the cue …

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The Pool Stroke

There is no question that the stroke is one of the most important elements in the game of pocket billiards, snooker, or any cue sport. A smooth, straight stroke is key in pocketing your object balls accurately. So what’s a good stroke? A superior stroke will allow the cue ball to travel along an exact …

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The Bridge

There are many types of bridges each of which serves it own purpose. However, the main function of the bridge is to lock your cue stick into a position to minimize unnecessary sideways movement. The closed bridge (Figure 1) is widely used by many players. Because of the way the cue stick is wrapped around …

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THE POOL GRIP

A good grip is an important aspect in the game of pocket billiards. A proper grip allows you to make accurate shots. On the other hand, a bad grip will limit your potential for improvement. Your grip must feel natural to feel right. A good grip combined with a sound stroke allows you to thrust …

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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 …

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The Pre-Shot Routine

The pre-shot routine refers to a series of steps that a pool player must undertake prior to executing each and every shot. These steps are necessary to develop correct habits that will improve and promote consistency in your game. In pocket billiards, there are so many different variables that can adversely affect the outcome of …

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