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March 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 129

POOL CUES

This is one of the most important and most neglected aspects of the game by the beginners and novices. Be it a pool hall, restaurant, a bar or a club, refrain from using just about any pool cues you can find on the rack, as they're exposed to lots of wear and are generally not in a good condition. Look at different cue sticks, do your research and find one that suits you and your game the best.

Experiment with different kinds of pool clues - one-piece/two-piece/three-piece- and go with the one you are most comfortable with. Also get invest in hard or tubular pool cue cases to protect your cue from getting warped and worn down. Make sure that the cue sits perfectly in your hands and feels as a part of yourself. If something feels odd, go for another cue.

THE CHALK

Chalks come in blue and green with the green one being slightly more expensive but better. Make sure you chalk your cue sticks before every shot you take and remember to firmly hold the stick and only move the chalk while chalking. This can make a major difference in your shots help you avoid bump shots.

THE GRIP

The purpose of the grip is to deliver the cue in a straight level plane on the line of the shot. This can be done by gripping the cue up into the "V" formed between the forefinger and the thumb. The thumb and all the fingers should wrap snugly around the butt of the cue, making as much contact with the cue as possible.

For general play the grip should be firm enough to resist the cue being snatched away but not so firm as to turn your knuckles white. During the shot your forefinger and thumb should dominate the grip and your other fingers need to release in the back swing to enable the cue to remain straight and level.

Common faults involve gripping too loosely or too tightly. Too loosely leads to sideways movement of the butt of pool cues, as more finger joints influence the cue action. Gripping too tightly leads to unwanted tension in the cue arm, leading to an increased downward pressure of the cue on the bridge in the back swing and/or lifting of the cue in the follow through.

USE THE CROSS REST

If you encounter a shot you are struggling to reach for, don't hesitate to use the rest. This is far more likely to be successful than you teetering precariously on your tip toes and attempting to make a good contact with the billiard balls. The rest is not that difficult to use as long as you remember it is only replacing your thumb as the support for the front end of your cue. Basically treat the rest as a spare arm.

Place it in the desired position on the table, leave the butt end laying on the pool table felt while you hold it in place with your left hand (assuming you are a right hand pool player). With your other hand carefully place your cue in the 'cross' on the end of the rest. Adjust the direction of the rest with your left hand, line up your shot and take it as normal.

When you do use the cross rest remember to quickly lift it vertically from the pool table after you have taken the shot. This will ensure that another ball on the table makes contact with it after the cue ball is in motion, nor will you inadvertently hit another ball with it as you remove it from the pool table felt.

Akaash Prasad is the Owner of QStix, a leading online pool accessories and billiard supplies retailer. QStix offers a large selection of billiard equipment like pool cues, pool cue cases, custom pool cues and many other supplies. QStix has all the billiards supplies you need in one place to make the buying process as easy as possible.

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