Developing a strong and accurate stroke is paramount in the game of pool. Every action you take in the game revolves around the contact between your cue and the cue ball. As someone who has played countless games and pocketed numerous balls, I firmly believe that the stroke is the most crucial physical aspect of a player’s game.
When it comes to honing a straighter stroke, I highly recommend practicing long, straight shots. Straight in shots are invaluable for improving your stroke because, unlike other shots, when you miss a straight shot, it is rarely due to aiming. Instead, it often stems from issues with your stroke, such as unintentional spin, misalignment, or incomplete follow-through. By focusing on straight in shots, you can isolate and address these stroke-related issues.
Introducing a Challenging Stroke Drill
To further enhance my stroke and delve into the art of pocket cheating in pool, I recently discovered a fantastic drill online. This drill involves setting up a straight in shot to the corner pocket, but with a twist: you must follow the cue ball into the same pocket as the object ball after making the shot.
At first glance, this drill might seem deceptively simple, but I assure you, it is far from easy. In regular gameplay, there is usually some margin for error when pocketing balls. Even if you slightly overcut or undercut the object ball, you can still make the shot under certain conditions. However, this drill raises the stakes significantly.
By deliberately attempting to follow the cue ball into the pocket, you drastically decrease the margin for error. If you overcut or undercut the object ball, the cue ball will not scratch into the pocket. Only when you precisely hit the object ball as intended will both balls find their way into the pocket.
During this drill, it is crucial to focus keenly on the contact point you aim to hit. Any slight variation in undercutting or overcutting the object ball will require minute adjustments to your aiming technique in order to succeed.
By incorporating this drill into your practice routine, you can elevate the precision and accuracy of your stroke, leading to improved performance on the pool table.