Ask Ewa: Jump Shots

Question: When doing jump shots, how do I prevent from consistently throwing the cue ball to the left?  My amount of left throw is always the same, so much so that I aim to the right. — Steve


Hi Steve,

My guess would be, without seeing you shoot the jump, that you are “side arming” it. In other words, you need to make sure that the elbow is above the shooting hand. If it’s not, chances are that you’re aiming to hit the cueball in the center, but when you come through, the arm comes across the line of aim and you get unwanted english on the cueball.

Try it. Double check that you are high enough up to be able to get that elbow in the correct position. Bend the bridge arm a bit, to lower yourself, so that it’s easier to get into that shooting position.

Best of luck!

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