Ask Ewa: Loosen Up


Dear Ewa,

My wife and I bought a new Brunswick Ashbee table and we dearly love to play.

I am having trouble with my stroke though.  Lately as I draw the cue back with my right hand and shoot my right arm wobbles side to side instead of coming straight through the shot.  Any tricks to keep my hand steady?  This is a recent problem that has not always been happening.



Hi Doug,

That’s tough to tell without seeing you shoot, but unless it’s a medical issue, my guess would be that you may be holding the cue too tightly, trying to steer the cue on the follow through instead of letting it move freely and smoothly.

Try loosening your grip a bit. Often, when we feel out of control or just off, we tend to tighten to get the sensation of having more control, when the opposite is required.

Best of luck,

Ewa LauranceEwa Mataya Laurance is one of the most visible superstars in the history of pocket billiards. Known as The Striking Viking, she took the billiard world by storm since she moved to the US from her native Sweden.

Following her childhood dream of becoming the best in the world, she continues to be a dominant presence on the international billiard scene.  Ewa is the current International and World Cup Trick Shot Champion, the holder of multiple World and US Open 9-ball titles, and has also won the Swedish, European and US National Championships in her incredible career. A former # 1 ranked player in the world, Ewa has received Player of the Year honors, been named WPBA Sportsperson of the Year, and in 2004, was inducted into the prestigious Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame.

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