So often I’ve talked about being balanced in order to consistently make shots on the pool table.
My question to you is, do you know where to be balanced? If you do, your stroke will be smoother and straighter, and come through the cue ball with more accuracy on a regular basis. Sound good?
The answer may sound obvious… you want to be balanced and solid while your cue is on the stroking line. That’s it.
Balance yourself around the stroking line.
Consider yourself fortunate if you already are aware of this and good at doing it, because I see so many pool players who are not balanced while down on their shots. One of the main reasons is that they never found the stroking line while standing, so they got into their stance on some other line, and then had to shift their balance to adjust or lean into the stroking line, thus putting them off balance.
The solution is simple and easy once you get the hang of it. While standing, find the stroking line with your eyes AND THEN get down into the shot… not before. AND, as you go down… keep your eyes on the stroking line (up at the object ball with whatever aiming system you use) all the way down. Now you will be balanced on the stroking line and maybe even ready to shoot before any practice strokes. This is how fast players can play so fast… they always land on the stroking line right away. Combine that with some nice practice strokes and eye pattern… a feel for the speed of the shot… and you have the makings of a Champion.
Go try it out for yourself and I hope you run several racks.
See you soon…