I was reading some coaching article by some Americans such as Randy G and Scott Lee. I dont know if they can play themselves, but if I understand what they are saying correctly they seem to believe that the best stroke to teach a student is this "pendulum" stroke. If I understand their version of this stroke correctly, they seem to believe that the the player's elbow should not drop at all.
It just makes no sense to me at all!
I remember reading a part where this Scott Lee person said he would put a coin on someone's elbow and it should not drop during a stroke.
I think Ronnie. Higgins, and many top pros woudl fail this test!
A pendulum by definition involves a ball going down and then up in a curve. Are they actually believe that the stroke shoudl move along a curve from up to down?
Funny thing is they actually say they "discovered" this stroke from watching Allison Fisher and other snooker players. I think years ago the older players in the US actually believed in standing more erect and drop their elbow, like Mosconi, Ray Martin...but then these new coaches came along and started teaching their students to put their chins down on their cues, have a pause at the end of the stroke, and keep their elbows up.
However, I do not think they really understand the snooker stroke if they think an elbow drop is bad.
I also do not really see them talking about the grip, which I think is much more important than the elbow.