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28th January 2008, 09:21 AM
Please help me with this.
Feels as though i`ve improved a fair bit this 6 months of serious playing.
I always miss the simplist of shots when i gain my momentum, at a faster pace. I take aim, not that i don`t, but what i suspect is that i`m cueing across the line of aim.
This is the problem i face. Been playing even sighted all this while. only to find out recently how important it is to sight under the dominant eye. Mine`s right. Tried tilting my head but it seems weird now. i can`t even make it if it`s straight on line or not.
How can I improve this aspect anyone ?
I haven`t got a coach, so i`m more or less relying on what I can find online to help me along the way.
28th January 2008, 11:10 AM
Try playing the cueball for about 15 minutes or so everyday along the baulk line with center striking. You will find whether you're cueing straight or not, do this with your cue under your dominant eye by tilting your head slightly until you find the best head position that works for you.
By cueing along the baulk line, you will know if you're applying unintentional side onto the cueball. Also try to vary the shot by playing it with varying degrees of above and below center striking. You can vary the pace of the shot as well.
After a while of doing so, I'm sure you will be more comfortable with you head position and your cueing will dramatically improve. It's all about coordination and muscle adaptation.
I do believe this a very good drill to test your cueing. Just remember to keep your head still throughout the shot. ;)
28th January 2008, 11:59 PM
hey whirlbreeze - i complelely understand where your coming from, i used to have this problem.
I have been to see terry griffiths son to help me out, and he has stated, only because one eye is dominant, does not entirely mean you have to play under that eye. I am right dominate, but have always played under my chin center, and i feel comfortable this way. You do not always have to believe what is said in the textbooks, in my expereience is better to get the best out of what you already have, and if you are really serious then u may need to consider coaching to address any small technical issuses.
From what you say the issuse seems to be a loss of concentration. Where you put alot of concentration into the first few shots, you start to feel more natural and relaxed and this can cause you to miss an important aspect of your entire line up routine, and ocasionally, it is not taking that second longer to assess the angle, and put full commitment into it.
Concentrate on putting the full attentio and effect into playing your shots when you play on your own. Try to drill it into yourself so you will do it naturally. It will be tedious to begin with but it will help you concentration. A routine i suggest is to line up the 15 reds between the top and bottom cushion of the table, and pot a red followed by a red until you pot all 15, then line up again and carry on from where the white is. It may seem simplistic but it will require you to concentrate fully as you have the tendency to want to play quicker. You must be strict with yourself though, if you miss a red, set them all up again.
If the problem still continues i suggest you need to approach a coach - but IMO carry on with sighting the normal way, but build on the concentration
All the best mate
2nd February 2008, 11:04 PM
the best test for straight cueing is to play the cue ball up and down the spots with backspin.
some coaches these days havnt got a clue!
4th February 2008, 12:12 AM
If you miss easy shots when playing quick that's probably because you look at the angle naturally and don't size up the shot from straight behind the white.Therefor it is questionable if you are really standing straight behind the midddle of the white with your eyeline when doing your routine.Try to find out the right starting position by moving from left to right with little steps when your behind the white.Especialy when you have a dominant eye you might be surprised where you stand when you clearly see the line.
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