Striking The Cue Ball

The reason the majority of people who play any game on a Billiard Table remain mediocre and never reach their true potential, is because they have never been coached and are therefore not aware of the” Two Unknowns”


1,   Was the cue ball struck correctly?


2.    Was the point of aim determined correctly?

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They do not understand why they can’t play with any consistency and often are overheard commenting on how easy the good players make the game appear.  They very rarely make a forty break or run a rack of balls in 8 Ball or 9 Ball.  The main reason for this is they can’t strike the Cue Ball correctly.

Most people who are in good health and have good vision, with practice and without the aid of a coach can see the point of aim, but only the lucky ones can strike the Cue ball correctly.

Striking the Cue Ball correctly simply means driving the cue through the Cue Ball absolutely straight with the cue as parallel to the surface of the table as possible.

This is a very difficult thing to do, and it is the main reason the good players make the game look easy.  It is very clear that in order to reach your true potential, you must master the striking of the Cue Ball.

In order for you to strike the cue ball correctly you must master the following fundamentals:


  1. Cue Grip
  2. Bridge
  3. Stance
  4. Alignment
  5. Balance
  6. Cueing Elbow
  7. Cue action
  8. Cue acceleration
  9. Visualization
  10. Four points of contact on the cue. They are Bridge; Chin; Chest and the Cue Grip.

Author: Dan Scullion

Dan Scullion is the former Chairman of the Canadian Billiards & Snooker Council. Dan has been coaching snooker for over 40 years and still does so today in the province of Alberta.

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