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    Yellow It is in the Grip after all.

    I have been tinkering and making adjustments to my grip on and off for quite some time to an extent that I had started to think I was way beyond target and was wasting time and energy. But something happened. Grip related or maybe something else, but well, something did happen.

    I read Steve Davis's article on the grip where he stated that if you are struggling with putting unwanted side on the white and missing easy pots, maybe the back fingers are the problem makers and as they come back on the cue during delivery they mess up with the path of the cue, so you might want to experiment and try the Alex higgins grip. I had that in mind and thought of giving it a try. Secondly, he advocated that since the actual muscle used to drive the cue is the forearm rather than the grip hand, why to use the grip hand? Use the forearm to drive the cue with little or no pressure from the grip hand in a way that the grip only is used to have the cue rest in it while the arm does the action.

    And then I watched Dell hill's coaching clips on youtube before going to the club in which he explained the drive and also two interesting things:

    1. The back of the palm should be touching the cue at address.

    I went straight to the club and held the cue in the second finger however what I added with it was to have my palm touching the cue at address which when I did my cue went to the last finger pads of the back fingers and my grip sort of cocked out from the back a bit- do not know this for sure but it sure felt like that... and something miraculous happened. Something that I had not experienced before. I started driving the cue effortlessly and my potting accuracy went to a record high for me in years. I was playing and I did not feel as if I was hitting the CB at all and it just felt like hitting thin air or something made of light plastic and also then my cue (19 oz) felt in my hands as if it has lost weight like it felt really light... My control, potting, positioning everything went up high like never ever before. I cant forget that feeling.

    The next day I went in determined to keep that on and play just like that no matter what and... I played miserably.. missing everything on the table easy pots long pots everything... I kept playing like that and kept thinking where I was wrong... Yes one thing was for sure ... that feel... that feel was not there anymore... the feel that made me think I was hitting a light object and not the CB...

    that was really a big turn down and my mates who had sen me yesterday could not believe it at all... I still have to have a grip that I can learn to keep constantly on every day that I play. I still do not know what is it that plays with me n me mind. But there is something... my guess... 85% its the grip.
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    Put the cue on the table. Pick it up with the minimum amount of force required so that it won't slip...

    That's your grip.
    Don't grip too tight, but don't let it slip out your hand. Simple.

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    i also have had that nice feeling recently - some nice and straight backswing and nice forward stroke with a light grip without tightening but then the other day i felt i lost that feeling and came back to my old bad habit. Frustrating too say the least, but only time can cure it, I assume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidd View Post
    I went straight to the club and held the cue in the second finger however what I added with it was to have my palm touching the cue at address which when I did my cue went to the last finger pads of the back fingers and my grip sort of cocked out from the back a bit- do not know this for sure but it sure felt like that... and something miraculous happened. Something that I had not experienced before. I started driving the cue effortlessly and my potting accuracy went to a record high for me in years. I was playing and I did not feel as if I was hitting the CB at all and it just felt like hitting thin air or something made of light plastic and also then my cue (19 oz) felt in my hands as if it has lost weight like it felt really light... My control, potting, positioning everything went up high like never ever before. I cant forget that feeling.

    The next day I went in determined to keep that on and play just like that no matter what and... I played miserably.. missing everything on the table easy pots long pots everything... I kept playing like that and kept thinking where I was wrong... Yes one thing was for sure ... that feel... that feel was not there anymore... the feel that made me think I was hitting a light object and not the CB
    This should tell you immediately that the improvement was nothing to do with your new grip, that what was happening was having only one thought in your mind, your new grip, was making you stop thinking about everything like you usually do, and doing the basics consistantly and therefore potting well.
    You went in the next day with a little anxiety in your mind as to whether the new grip would work again, putting pressure on yourself and when you missed that first easy pot then all the old thoughts returned.

    I stated this a couple of years ago that constant tinkering will produce this effect now and again, playing just as well or badly with different techniques will introduce anxiety and therefore negativity into your thought process.
    When a new technique works for just a short time all that's happening is what Terry states as having one swing thought in your mind to fix on that negates all the other thoughts that can invade your mind and gives you a better chance of simply playing on a subconscious level.

    100% is the mind Sidd, you can do it as you have proved many times with many differing techniques. Your new cue should be the catalyst for relaxing and simply playing with no reason at all to tinker any longer.
    Find the line of aim, put the cue on it, look at the object ball at the moment of the strike to keep the cue on line, those are the basics and must be adhered to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pottr View Post
    Put the cue on the table. Pick it up with the minimum amount of force required so that it won't slip...

    That's your grip.
    Don't grip too tight, but don't let it slip out your hand. Simple.
    Heard it many time ... cant really get it settled in my mind thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by vmax4steve View Post
    This should tell you immediately that the improvement was nothing to do with your new grip, that what was happening was having only one thought in your mind, your new grip, was making you stop thinking about everything like you usually do, and doing the basics consistantly and therefore potting well.
    You went in the next day with a little anxiety in your mind as to whether the new grip would work again, putting pressure on yourself and when you missed that first easy pot then all the old thoughts returned.

    I stated this a couple of years ago that constant tinkering will produce this effect now and again, playing just as well or badly with different techniques will introduce anxiety and therefore negativity into your thought process.
    When a new technique works for just a short time all that's happening is what Terry states as having one swing thought in your mind to fix on that negates all the other thoughts that can invade your mind and gives you a better chance of simply playing on a subconscious level.

    100% is the mind Sidd, you can do it as you have proved many times with many differing techniques. Your new cue should be the catalyst for relaxing and simply playing with no reason at all to tinker any longer.
    Find the line of aim, put the cue on it, look at the object ball at the moment of the strike to keep the cue on line, those are the basics and must be adhered to.
    You are right Steve. Inasmuch as the grip is concerned, I remember having changed it at least 4 to 5 times and every time when I changed it, on the first day, I played exceptionally well with it and thought I was there... only to find out that the very next day I cant find it anywhere... My recent experiments have been:

    1. making a ring with forefinger and thumb and resting the last three fingers. day1 break of 40 day 2 nothing
    2. making the ring with first two fingers and thumb and resting the last two fingers gently. day1 8 frames won in a row with extreme potting day2 lost and confused and missing
    3. Using the finger and thumb but keeping the little finger off the butt at all times. day1 all long pots going in day2 nothing working right
    4. Touching the palm on the top of the butt at address and keeping the web of thumb and first finger a bit wide. day1 three breaks of 40 odds day2 damn damn damn
    5. holding with inside of thumb and forefinger and not exerting any pressure from anywhere else i.r. the wrist hand fingers etc. day1 wow smooth silk cueing day2 pathetic
    5. Alex higgins grip coupled with palm touching dell hill method. Day1 winning 9 out of 10 frames breaks of 30 and 40 odds at a regular level ... 1 to 2 in every frame till 10 frames like a blood potting hound day2 I POTTED 6 BALLS IN THREE FRAMES IN TOTAL and lost miserably and was made a laughing stock.

    the same has been the case with elbow, stance, swinging the hip, chest on chest off, favouring left eye not favouring any eye etc etc ... I am however determined that as soon as my longer cue arrives- by Thursday hopefully- I will go and pick up the cue just like that and just start to play without tinkering on anything .... I hope so.... and prove myself to myself

    I think this is more of a case of proving myself to myself for me now. I hope I can put my mind to rest.
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    By the Way Steve, are you 100% sure that the configuration and formation of my last grip has got nothing to do with this... I held the cue with the inner of my forefinger and thumb and made my palm touch the cue in the address position. I personally feel the feeling it gave me was something I had never experienced before... so much in control and so much effortless... ??? i felt in my mind that perhaps this is how the pros hold it and thought I am almost there with my grip... Is it all in the mind then ???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidd View Post
    By the Way Steve, are you 100% sure that the configuration and formation of my last grip has got nothing to do with this... I held the cue with the inner of my forefinger and thumb and made my palm touch the cue in the address position. I personally feel the feeling it gave me was something I had never experienced before... so much in control and so much effortless... ??? i felt in my mind that perhaps this is how the pros hold it and thought I am almost there with my grip... Is it all in the mind then ???
    What all the pros have in common is to be able to see the correct line of aim and put the cue on it, eye on the object ball at the moment of the strike without dropping the elbow and playing from the shoulder before the strike and keeping still on the shot.

    They stand differently, hold the cue differently, sight with different eyes, some feather a lot, some feather very little, some don't feather at all, some have a front pause, some a rear pause, some have a front and a rear pause, some a long backswing, some a short backswing, some have a short follow through without dropping the elbow at all, some drop the elbow just after the strike and have a long follow through, some stay down until the object ball drops, some don't, some have their elbow outside the line of aim, some inside, some have perfectly straight alignment with the elbow and shoulder dead on the line of aim, some have a straight bridge arm, some have a bent bridge arm, some bend both knees some bend only one, some bend neither, some a square stance, some a boxer stance the list goes on.

    When you have your longer cue it will fit a natural way for you to play without having to make any compromises to your stance and how you sight with regards to fitting your body inside a length of cue that is too short for you.
    Simply pick it up like pottr says and play with it without any more thought about the right technique. The right technique is one that is right for you and you will be able to find it if you don't think about it.
    Go back to the beginning, pick up your cue and simply keep your eyes on the object ball at the moment of the strike because your concerns about elbow drop and bridge length will no longer apply.
    As for your grip, well you have proved that you play well with any grip you have tried, and also play just as badly so the reason for playing badly or playing well has nothing to do with your grip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vmax4steve View Post
    What all the pros have in common is to be able to see the correct line of aim and put the cue on it, eye on the object ball at the moment of the strike without dropping the elbow and playing from the shoulder before the strike and keeping still on the shot.

    They stand differently, hold the cue differently, sight with different eyes, some feather a lot, some feather very little, some don't feather at all, some have a front pause, some a rear pause, some have a front and a rear pause, some a long backswing, some a short backswing, some have a short follow through without dropping the elbow at all, some drop the elbow just after the strike and have a long follow through, some stay down until the object ball drops, some don't, some have their elbow outside the line of aim, some inside, some have perfectly straight alignment with the elbow and shoulder dead on the line of aim, some have a straight bridge arm, some have a bent bridge arm, some bend both knees some bend only one, some bend neither, some a square stance, some a boxer stance the list goes on.

    When you have your longer cue it will fit a natural way for you to play without having to make any compromises to your stance and how you sight with regards to fitting your body inside a length of cue that is too short for you.
    Simply pick it up like pottr says and play with it without any more thought about the right technique. The right technique is one that is right for you and you will be able to find it if you don't think about it.
    Go back to the beginning, pick up your cue and simply keep your eyes on the object ball at the moment of the strike because your concerns about elbow drop and bridge length will no longer apply.
    As for your grip, well you have proved that you play well with any grip you have tried, and also play just as badly so the reason for playing badly or playing well has nothing to do with your grip.
    Thanks mate. You are right. I am glad that I did my cue and now that once it is back i will not have to twist myself to fit in but shall hopefully feel rather relax with it.. If it is to help my premature elbow drop I am gonna love it trust me I also agree that the right technique only comes to you once you stop thinking about it
    "I am still endeavouring to meet someone funnier than my life" - Q. M. Sidd

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    Sidd:

    I believe I've mentioned this before many times and a few times directly to you. As Steve says all the pros hold the cue differently (among other things). I think from this we can deduce the actual CONFIGURATION of the grip is not the primary thing we should concentrate on.

    But with their different grips what all the pros do in common (the good ones anyway) is the configuration of the grip doesn't change on the backswing or delivery. Yes, every one of them allows the last 3 (or 2) fingers to be pushed out of the way at the end of the longer backswings however those last 3 (or 2) fingers do not tighten on the cue until well after the strike and in fact it is right at the same time as the back of their thumb hits the chest or at the end of the delivery if they don't use the chest as a stopper.

    Personally I've found using a wrap-around grip and using ONLY the 2nd finger, with the thumb resting against the loose forefinger and pointing straight down along with getting the chest and chin right down onto the cue and not allowing the cue off the chest has helped me a lot as I am now automatically stopping the cue at the end of my acceleration by using the back 3 fingers and I'm getting the 'snap' and also on hard shots my elbow is dropping a little at the end of the delivery.

    One more point...giving a new grip just 2 days trial is not the best thing to do. Pick one of those grips you tried (I would recommend either thumb and forefinger or else 2nd finger only) and try it out for a few weeks, maybe a total of 10 practice sessions and see what happens.

    Terry

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