How to hold a pool cue?

Adopt the right gestures and good reflexes for your billiard game. In this article; Toilet Billiards give you some tips on how to position yourself and hold a  pool cue store to maximize your chances of winning the game.

The choice of the billiard cue:

First and foremost, you need to take the time to choose the pool cue store that suits you best. If you have small hands, prefer a pool cue with a thinner shaft, and vice versa. If you feel comfortable with the chosen pool cue, then you can start.

The position of the body:

A good body position and good alignment with the shot are very important because they will allow you to put all the chances on your side to reach the targeted ball.

First of all, stand near the pool table but a reasonable enough distance to still be able to lean forward.

Then position your feet to be stable.

If you are left-handed your left foot will be in alignment with the shot that leads the white ball to the point of contact on the ball “object” that leads to the pocket. And vice versa for the right-handed ones.

Spread your feet, more or less the width of your shoulders, bend your leg (opposite to that of the foot that aligns the blow); your body will tilt naturally to let the tail pass.

You can let the feet be parallel, or slightly advance the opposite foot to the one who aligns the shot. It’s up to you to see which position you are more comfortable with.

The position of the hand and fingers:

First, we start by taking the tail at the shaft (bottom of the tail).

Then, if you are right-handed, it is your left hand that holds the arrow of the pool cue store and vice versa.

For French billiards (and sometimes American billiards), position there between your thumb and your index finger. With your index finger, make a circle around the arrow, this is the position called “looped”.

For billiard tables (blackball or snooker); we favor the holding of the tail in easel and a position more parallel to the table.

That is to say, you lay your hand flat on the table and then form a V with your thumb and forefinger. The chin will block the tail on the bridge to prevent it from moving and lifting. So you will be back parallel to the table, in the alignment of the shot, in the line of sight…

You are now in place for your game, so it’s up to you!

If you need more information on the elements of the pool cue store or on the table itself; also find our Billiard Lexicon .

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