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Snooker Cue Action

Snooker LessonsPerfecting your snooker cue action is important if you want to learn how to majorly improve your snooker game.


You can do this by learning from others, reading about the proper techniques, watching it on T.V and of course by practicing your snooker cue action as much as possible.


Basically it involves learning how to hold the cue correctly when taking a shot. You need to master the grip, the stance and also the line of sight. When you master the techniques this will ensure that you always take the perfect shot.


Also Concentration is hugely important in getting your shot just right.


1. Gripping the cue


You need to ensure that you are not gripping it too tightly or too lightly. If you hold it too tightly you may put too much pressure on your cue arm and also on your ‘V’ shaped bridge. Most people grip the cue too tight so the chances are loosening your grip will help you achieve a better snooker cue action.


However, if you hold it too lightly you may not have complete control as you hit the cue ball. You need to grip it just right to ensure an accurate shot. To give you an idea on grip strength, think of how tight you grip an egg - not too tight so that it breaks but tight enough to avoid dropping it. The cue also needs to be exactly in line with the shot.

2. Forming the bridge

Your fingers that are used to form the bridge should be spread out, straight and at just the right height in order to perform the desired shot. If you have formed the bridge correctly then you should have the ability to lower and higher the bridge with ease.


This would mean that you have the ability to make a screw or top spin shot or simply just a central strike. The bridge is basically the platform that allows the cue to be as flexible as possible. The wider you can spread your fingers and push them in to the cloth the steadier your snooker cue action will be.  

Professional Snooker Training3. Your stance

The way you stand is another important factor when perfecting your snooker cue action. You need to have your right leg near the shot and straight. Your left leg should be ahead of the right foot and slightly bent.


Your hips should have the ability to be flexible. Your stance should be comfortable enough to allow you to hold that exact position till your shot is complete.


Basically you need to develop a pre-shot routine to ensure your shots are accurate at all times.


Decide what way you want your shot to turn out, then grip your cue correctly, set your cue up on the bridge with the correct height and take the correct stance.


Not having a pre-shot routine and not knowing exactly the way you want your shot to turn out will seriously hinder your efforts and may also cause you to potentially miss the shot. Your snooker cue action needs to be just right if you are to take the shot you want.

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