Proper Stroke of a Pool Cue - March 2006

Even though we probably refer to stroke more than any other part of the game, we don’t see very much written about the elements of an effective stroke. After last month’s discussion of grip and the importance of maintaining a relaxed one, our next step is to move forward from there, employing that grip to generate a relaxed yet powerful stroke. Before proceeding to the full range of motion for the pool stroke, I want to break it down into its primary steps to isolate each one individually. The fastest way to learn these steps is to stand alongside a mirror where you can see your shooting hand from the same view we see in the photos.