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Why We Miss Easy Pool Shots – Is Your Stroke Getting in The Way?

I am talking about the reason why we miss easy pool shots when you thought that everything was lined up perfectly prior to the execution. Not missing in general terms or for beginners or because pool is difficult and some shots are more difficult than others.

Only Two Reasons Why We Miss Easy Pool Shots.

Although there appears to be a 1000 reasons for missing a shot
There are only two basic reasons for missing shots in pool, either:

  • You failed to line the shot up correctly.
  • Your stroke broke down on delivery.

That’s it, just two reasons why we miss easy pool shots.
Any other issues can be traced back to one of these two failures.

Aiming consists of:

  • Shot recognition.
  • Shot alignment.
  • Vision center.
  • Approach.

Stroke consists of:

  • Stance.
  • Head placement.
  • Shoulder and elbow alignment.
  • Wrist position and grip.
  • Accurate address position.
  • Cue delivery.
  • Staying still.

It Can’t Be Aiming, I Use A System.

It goes without saying but I’m going to say it anyway …. no aiming system in the world will make you successful if you do not have a way to deliver the cue through on a Straight line.

So Lets Remove Aiming From the Equation.

So the problem here is that we have two variables either one of which could fail or both of them could fail at the same time. In order to find out what is going wrong we need to eliminate one of the problems in other words isolate the stroke or isolate the aiming.
It is easier to isolate the aiming.


To do this line up a shot which is the type of shot that you would miss 25% of the time but you know where to aim. If possible you can play a shot that is well known to you, for instance a 1/2 ball shot or a 3/4 ball shot that you know is lined up correctly.

The Stroke Must Have errors.

You have now eliminated the aiming part of the shot.
Having isolated the aiming from the problem, if you miss now you know it has to be your stroke. Once you know that it is your stroke then it is easier to work on that particular area of your game until you can successfully make the ball every time.

What’s The 1st Step to Fixing Stroke Errors?

In order to look at your stroke and find out what is causing the misses you will need to see what you are doing during the shot. This can be achieved on your own with a video recorder which most phones have these days. Doing this on your own can work if you know what to look for but most likely you will need help from a third-party preferably a coach. 

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