Playing pool is one of my best games and I enjoy so much. However, what I enjoy most is that at our business, many customers seem to enjoy it a lot too and that means that they come back for more. You will often find me at the pool table during my free time or on the weekends. I have noticed that some pool players are not usually familiar with basic tips for playing the game and they end up losing out most of the time.
In this post, I will share with you the tips that I use to play pool and you can also use them the next time you visit the bar:
Adopt the right standing posture at the pool
Keep a strong posture when standing. This is an indication of stamina such that even if someone pushes you over, you cannot fall down. This is very important because it is the basis of your shot and your footing needs to be correct. Your chin should be higher than the cue, the back arm drew back and at the same time, there should be good hip clearance such that as the arm moves forward to make the shot, it will not rub against your hips.
A stable bridge hand is important
It takes time to master the perfect bridge and after you get your bridge, you will need to practice on it until it becomes natural to you. To make a hand bridge, you use the hand that is less dominant. Place it on the table palm down, then pull your fingers up to form a ‘V’ by applying pressure on your thumb against your middle finger. You will place your cue here. Ensure that your bridge is firm to enable easy sliding of your cue.
Be keen about the stroke of your pool
The stroke that you use determines how far you will go in the game. To make progress in your game, it is important for you to master this skill. Use the pendulum stroke. It is better because your elbow can function as a hinge while the other forearm can be a pendulum. Relax your grip. Make steady strokes when practicing and the tip of the cue should be as close as possible to the cue ball. When making a shot, only your forearm should move while the chest and shoulder remain still.
Relax your grip
When you hold your grip too tightly, it will be detrimental to your game. Make the grip tight only if you have a specific stroke where you need to use the tight grip. Soft grip is used by most players where they hold the cue gently on the fingertips. I hang my cue on about three fingers tips and it barely touches my thumb.
Try hard to hit the cue ball at the center
Most of the beginner players assume that when they hit the ball, they are hitting the center when actually, they are either hitting it slightly to the right or to the left. But this is not too hard really if you can get some practice. Just envision two lines, a vertical one and a horizontal one stretching from the end of the cue stick to the tip. The vertical line can drop from somewhere above the ball. Where the two lines meet, that is your crosshair, right at the center of the ball. Shoot.