Proper Grip of Pool Cue - February 2006

Most people who take golf lessons learn quickly that they are gripping too tightly and therefore unable to swing the club properly. Unfortunately, many pool players suffer from the same affliction and experience similar setbacks with the stroke. Problems associated with a tight grip in pool range from missed shots after directing the cue off line to weak position play from inadequate acceleration in the stroke. The natural tendency to grab and grip the cue too tightly proceeds from the logical yet unproductive view of the pool stroke as mostly an arm action. But, with all of the game’s subtle variations in force and acceleration, we must move the stroke into the hand—or more precisely, the fingers—for a proper grip, to deliver a consistently effective stroke and feel all of the game’s subtlety.