How can I tell if I’m keeping my wrist and arm straight?
Great question! A lot of players think they are not aiming correctly, when in fact the problem is delivery of the stroke. My favorite drill is to place the cueball on the spot. Then aim with center ball for the center diamond on the far cushion. After shooting the shot; freeze. After contact with the cushion, the cueball should come straight back and hit the tip of your cue, if executed perfectly. Start out with a softer hit, and then increase speed.
In addition, if you place two pieces of chalk on each side of the cue, near the cueball, you’ll be able to tell if the cue is delivered in a straight line. If it touches either chalk during the stroke, you’ll have your answer.
Things to double check are the grip and the release of the stroke. Normally, if you hold the cue too tightly, or if you grip it last second, as you follow through, it results in a twist of the wrist.
Check out the video below regarding stroke.
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