The thrill of playing billiards is one of the most important elements of becoming a good billiard player. After a long break, I have recently noticed some things that are still essential for a good technique. Of course, there are several points that are important when playing billiards. But who remembers 20 things in the daily game? In the following post, I have once listed the three most important aspects to which you can hold yourself under pressure at any time to play for a good shock technique when playing billiards.
Learning the thrust of billiards: No orders, but mindfulness
Incidentally, it is important in these three points and in all the other details that you want to pay attention to in your technique: Instead of giving you verbal commands to implement these things, you should be attentive to what the body does. So instead of telling you to “keep your wrist loose,” you should ask yourself, “How loose is my wrist?”. The body will then automatically and relax doing the right thing.
1. Keep body and head steady
The British billiards professional Darren Appleton says on his first training DVD actually little more than “Keep your head still”. By that, he means not only to keep his head still, but to move his whole body, and at the moment of the impact just to move his arm and nothing else. I’ve said it myself for years, every coach says it, and yet it’s quickly forgotten. When I recently focused on it, I realized that I had an imperceptible movement in my body. When I was fully focused on really having no movement in my body at the moment of impact, the most difficult balls suddenly hit. When I’m not hit by such balls, it’s often not because I targeted wrong, but because there was a slight movement in the body when I hit it. Pay attention to it once;
2. Wrist lose and passive
A very similar point that also has similar effects: Often we divert the cue and lose precision because our wrist is too tight or we even actively do something with it. The wrist should always be loose, which is also called “passive”. “Passive” because we should not be “active” relaxed; in that case, we tend to work particularly well with the wrist and build in another source of error. The wrist does not do anything with the billiards, except to hang down loosely and, because it is easy to swing relaxed in the push movement.
Similar to point 1, keep your head still, many players know that a loose wrist is important for the thrust of billiards. And yet, I notice that my wrist always gets looser when I consciously pay attention to how to lose it is. With a loose, passive wrist I gain in precision and impact.
3. Right and always the same
Combined with the first two points this point can be seen: If we do not move anything except our arm, and if our wrist is passive, and therefore not steered, then our stand must always be aligned with the direction of impact, so that we can push straight forward, So get used to aligning your body with the desired line of impact. What also helps is to step away from the table before the kick and then tackle the kick from the front rather than the side (in English the coaches always say “walk into the shot”, go into the kick).