The Proper Cue Action

Hopefully,  you are now ready to strike the cue ball with the right cue action and the correct delivery of the cue to the Cue Ball.

This is the most difficult of all the fundamentals to master, and is probably, the most important one of them all.  In striking the Cue Ball, your cue tip must hit the exact spot on the Cue Ball you intend to hit with a smooth flowing movement of the cue, which is accelerating through the cue ball in a perfectly straight line that is horizontal with the bed of the table.

“If you are to reach your true potential you will have to continually practice this crucial fundamental”.

To be able to play your chosen game at a high level you must able to strike the cue ball on center of its axis. [Center, Top and Bottom] You will achieve your objective much sooner if you practice hitting the cue ball somewhere on its axis.


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.

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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