Focus on the Target
“I want you into your target, to the exclusion of all else.”
-Dr. Bob Rotella
AIMING BEGINS well before you shoot. If you use an aiming system with a contact point on the object ball, lock into that point while you are still in your standing address. Make sure your body is in alignment with that point. Stay with it as you get into your stance.
Once you are down on the shot into your warm up strokes, let your eyes move back and forth between the cue ball, the object ball, and the pocket.
Pause with the tip on the cue ball to insure an accurate placement. Let your eyes move back to the object ball and focus on the contact point as precisely as possible before you start your final backswing. Put your full attention on this and imagine a pinpoint hit.
This is a simple system for keeping your eyes focused. It helps with shotmaking, and keeps your conscious mind occupied so that your body can relax and perform. It takes conscious thought and practice to make this part of your shot routine. However, once you master it, you can play free of thoughts about mechanics or techniques. Your stroke will be flowing naturally.
Good alignment and eye patterns are prerequisites for delivering a smooth straight stroke. Focus on the target!
When you focus on a small target, you have a better chance of hitting it.
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