How To Hold A Pool Stick
Maybe you’ve just started out playing pool or you’re looking to sharpen your game up a bit, but either way, you want to learn how to hold a pool stick in the correct manner. Not many people realize it, but the way you hold a pool stick really has an impact on your game and whether or not you will win the game. Once you learn to hold a pool stick the right way, you’ll be amazed at how much your performance improves during the game.
- When holding a pool stick, your shooting hand should always be grasping the stick towards the end (the thick part). Because this position on the stick allows you to provide more force and control, this is definitely the best place to grasp the cue. Some prefer to hold the stick in the center, but the pool stick does not provide a lot of momentum like this. To keep things simple and smooth, keep your hand towards the bottom of the stick.
- Use your free hand to rest on the pool table, and make sure your thumb rests on the table. Place your pool stick between your thumb and index finger. Once you’ve placed the pool stick, wrap your index finger over the top of the stick to help create a narrow and straight shot. Using your remaining three fingers, press them against the table for additional support. In this stance, the pool stick should slide easily through your fingers.
- Make sure you’re holding the pool stick at the correct angle. Some people make the mistake of shooting pool in an incorrect posture which can destroy their game ultimately. To take strong and smooth shots, always make sure your shooting arm is bent at a 90 degree angle.
- Try out your other hand if things don’t seem natural or smooth. There may be a chance that you’re using the wrong hand to shoot with. If you feel awkward using your free hand to steady the pool cue, switch to your other hand and try that.