“Stay firmly planted until the object ball is in the pocket.”
A great stroke has very little body movement. The head remains still and except for the stroking arm, the body should be motionless. Steady eyes give the body important feedback. In the same way a ship captain uses a compass to stay on course, an experienced pool player uses feedback to keep his stroke on line and finely tuned.
Feedback comes in many forms. Did I hit the ball where I intended? Did the English take off the rail as expected? What about that shot that banked a little short?
All feedback is good. If you make the shot, it confirms that everything went as planned. If you miss, you’ll have a clear idea what to adjust to insure success with future shots.
By staying down and being observant, you will clearly see if your aim was accurate or if you hit the ball too thin or too thick. You’ll also see if your stroke was true. Pay particular attention to where the cue tip finishes. Was your stroke straight? Did you have a nice follow–through?
Staying down with each shot until the balls stop rolling is a cornerstone of consistent play. It will make a huge impact on your game. Make it a habit, be still and be observant.
Stay down on the shot until the ball drops into the pocket.
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