View Full Version : Getting low on the shot-fad or function?
05-18-2003, 05:55 AM
I was watching my lesson from Scott on tape and he said that it did not matter how low a person was, in regards to playing good pool.
I heard somewhere, Randy I think, that your view when you are higher, before going lower, is actually the correct, more accurate view ie- the angle line.
I originally got low, I think, because it cut out distractions and minimized head boobing.
I know that most of the snooker players get low.
I just wonder why everyone, well lots of people, get low on the ball. Does this really have a function or is it a fad?
05-18-2003, 10:02 AM
Getting low over the cue when shooting is most preferable for a lot of players.
I don't put my chin on my cue (to me that is too low) but I do get down as low as I can to see the angle of the cue ball and the object ball to pocket. For me this has to be done, in order for me to feel confident that my aim point is good.
While shooting, in general, my head is about 4- 6 inches above the cue.
05-18-2003, 10:06 AM
I've been thinking about this a lot lately. Usually I play with my chin about 8-12 inches above the cue, but recently I started getting much lower to see if there was much difference. Here is what I found.
It's really hard to get used to. I tried it for several hours last night and lost three sets (race to 7) to a guy that I usually beat every time. My shot percentage easily dropped 30% while I was trying to figure out how to line up the shot from the lower perspective.
I found that longer shots were much easier to judge down low. I made my 8' shots and thin cuts much more reliably. In general it seems like the lower stance is more accurate. When the cue ball is close to the object ball however, the shot is much harder to see for some reason. I had to stand up for the close-in shots.
My stroke improved. From down low I noticed a wobble in my stroke that I had never noticed before and started working to correct it. Maybe the fact that I was paying so much attention to this stuff instead of the game was a contributing factor to my early losses.
Eventually I got tired of getting my ass handed to me and went back to playing instinctively about 8-12 inches above the cue for a massive come back winning 6 sets to 4 by the time the night was done.
It was an interesting experiment. IMO there are definitely benefits to a lower stance, but it's not an easy change. I'm not sure how much losing I can endure during the transition. I wish a 'high chin' would come along and win some major events so I could justify leaving my stance alone.
05-18-2003, 11:28 AM
WW and I read an article on Fast Larry's site about bridge length. Now both of us had long bridges. Although the strokes were good, we did have slight stroke irregularity. Now even with this irregularity, he is a very good player (apa7) and I was getting significantly better at shooting, even tho not nearly as good as he is so I guess there was some compensation going on.
I decided it would be better for me to stay with the short bridge that corrects my stroke even if I dont play as well for awhile, since I havent been playing so long and do not have as much to lose.
We both shot with the shorter bridge 6-7 inches and the stroke irregularity went away and it seemed more accurate. But I was having trouble being as low on the ball with the shorter bridge so wondered if the height over the cue is important and why.
Today my height over the cue was somewhat higher.
I was as low as 2 inches over the cue on difficult shots before the bridge change. Today I was about 6 inches over the cue.
I sure would not call it a fad. It serves it's purpose to each individual. As I mentioned before I believe over the years since straight pool it is lower.
Find your comfortable height and stick to it. Sure it's going to vary depending on the shot. If however the cue rubs your chin then that's the height you play at. Even then some shots won't allow it.
Laura... in this case form definitly follows function. The closer you are to the object ball the higher you need to stand. The more distant the shot the lower you need to get over the cue. My background is primarily snooker and I used to feel it necessary to have my chin right down on the cue. After all that's the way the top snooker players do it. I've since come to discover on most average shots I'm now able to visualize the line more clearly when I'm about 2-3 inches over the cue. ...that increase in height may of course also be a reflection of increased age:( ...Bob
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