How to grip a pool cue – the pool stroke.
The pool cue grip determines the way the cue is delivered when striking the ball.
The grip should be firm enough to pick up the cue from a table, yet relaxed enough so that the cue moves slightly within the hand.
The thumb should Point downwards and the knuckles should be parallel to the cue in the set position.
The shaft of the cue should rest lightly on the pads of your fingers with no pressure being transferred to the butt.
As the cue swings backwards and forwards in a pendulum motion the fingers generally open and close to accommodate and maintain its level movement.
When striking the cue ball the grip pressure is gently transferred from the front to the back of the hand.
In the finish position the knuckles finish pointing upwards with air to the palm of the hand.
It is a mistake to think that this grip as described above is good for all shots.
There are several different strokes in pool.
- Follow stroke
- Draw stroke
- Punch stroke
Each Different Stroke requires a slight adjustment to the grip described above.
However the general basic principles of the grip remain the same throughout.