“I couldn’t believe what I saw. I was shooting sidearm…totally off balance.”
MIRROR, MIRROR on the wall, who has the truest stroke of all? Wouldn’t it be nice if it were you? Using a mirror gives you great visual feedback on your stroke. You can observe everything from start to finish.
Place a mirror on a dresser or kitchen table and stand directly in front or to the side of it. As you get into your stance, take note if your stroking arm has a vertical alignment. Take your normal warm up strokes and see if your stroke is straight. Is there any movement side to side?
Place your tip exactly where you want it on an imaginary cue ball. Start the final backswing, pause at the back, and deliver the cue stick forward.
What did it look like? Any blatant flaws? Was your stroke smooth and level? Practicing this way insures that you actually do what you think you are doing. Make an effort to pause on your final stroke. Develop a deliberate forward motion accelerating through the stroke and follow through.
With no balls to make, you can focus completely on the quality of your stroke. Once the visual feedback burns its way into your brain, your body will make it automatic.
If you practice in front of a mirror, you’ll see your stroke as it really is!
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