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    Default Elbow tucked in

    Been missing long straight shots recently and got mate to take a look and noticed the following (I'm right handed):


    Right elbow bent inwards toward body.

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    Left elbow bent and bridge length fine.
    Right hand/left hand/ right foot/chest/dominant eye on line.
    Loose grip.
    Pause front and back.
    Boxers stance.

    When I bring left foot to square stance it helps as when I twist the right elbow slightly tucks in.

    Looked on internet but can't find any real tips that help me to check my elbows in a good position. I'm of to practice today and will try a square stance but don't want to tinker too much without a check as I don't want to end up with another issue!

    Does anyone have a drill or check for the elbow?

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    I don't have a drill except to cue into a mirror. On the other hand having the elbow hanging in a bit didn't seem to bother either Hendry or John Higgins who have done all right with it (unless it's hanging in like Joe Swail don't worry about it in other words).
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    if you can cue along the baulk line straight from low to full power then you should feel confident that your cueing straight

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Davidson View Post
    I don't have a drill except to cue into a mirror. On the other hand having the elbow hanging in a bit didn't seem to bother either Hendry or John Higgins who have done all right with it (unless it's hanging in like Joe Swail don't worry about it in other words).
    Thanks Terry. Yeah I've been cueing in the mirror and brought my left foot around for a squarer stance which seems to have made a difference. I'll just have to persevere with the elbow now looking good until it feels natural.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j6uk View Post
    if you can cue along the baulk line straight from low to full power then you should feel confident that your cueing straight
    Yeah I must admit this is an exercise I do a fair bit and it always feels fine on the bulk line but not in the game.

    Struggling to push the cue right through at the moment which is driving me nuts as I've always had a bit of a stop on the cue as soon as it hits the object ball.

    I've always managed to get away with it as even when i'm not smooth I ma to grind things out but just lost all rhythm at the moment. Anything over 8ft seems to find me out as regards straightness!

    I have 2 examples on our website where one shows me with a nice rhythm and the other is all over the shop but still potting.

    http://www.petersfieldbowlingandsnoo...line-up-breaks

    Elbow better in videos so not sure why it's changed now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shockerz View Post
    Yeah I must admit this is an exercise I do a fair bit and it always feels fine on the bulk line but not in the game.

    Struggling to push the cue right through at the moment which is driving me nuts as I've always had a bit of a stop on the cue as soon as it hits the object ball.

    I've always managed to get away with it as even when i'm not smooth I ma to grind things out but just lost all rhythm at the moment. Anything over 8ft seems to find me out as regards straightness!

    I have 2 examples on our website where one shows me with a nice rhythm and the other is all over the shop but still potting.

    http://www.petersfieldbowlingandsnoo...line-up-breaks

    Elbow better in videos so not sure why it's changed now!
    good to watch those videos, and i can see youve got a lot of natural ability
    i believe if you could be more precise with your cueing technique, it would reflect in your positional play
    maybe try the lineup in sequence. if youve not done this before you could start with 5, 10, then all 15reds with colors
    again i took this video from the cueing thread, as you can see im going for the max but i played a few dodgy shots like the 14th red and black
    Last edited by j6uk; 30th September 2015 at 01:18 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j6uk View Post
    good to watch those videos, and i can see youve got a lot of natural ability
    i believe if you could be more precise with your cueing technique, it would reflect in your positional play
    maybe try the lineup in sequence. if youve not done this before you could start with 5, 10, then all 15reds with colors
    again i took this video from the cueing thread, as you can see im going for the max but i played a few dodgy shots like the 14th red and black
    Thanks for the comments.

    Mate, what a really smooth cue action you have when striking the cue ball. I love the rhythm, the way your cue tip gets right back on the pause and the smooth repetitive follow through.

    I'll give the line up ago in sequence and keep working on the elbow. I'm sort of in a quandary as I've just had the summer off just playing as normal and now the seasons started i'm thinking about changing things so my timings awful.

    Liked your one feather then strike, I just can't brig myself to do it!

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    Don't worry about the elbow. Ronnie's is tucked in a bit behind his back. Hasn't done him any harm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedisbill View Post
    Don't worry about the elbow. Ronnie's is tucked in a bit behind his back. Hasn't done him any harm.
    Yeah a few people have said it to me about the elbow and I've seen pictures of pro's with it, I just wasn't sure why it had crept into my game from a year ago so thought i'd find a way to correct it.

    I seem to be at a cross roads of ironing out all those things that aren't textbook and may be causing me not to cue straight, just getting down and hitting it or just getting through the cue ball with a good rhythm and waiting for things to click again.

    Ah, what a game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shockerz View Post
    Thanks for the comments.

    Mate, what a really smooth cue action you have when striking the cue ball. I love the rhythm, the way your cue tip gets right back on the pause and the smooth repetitive follow through.

    I'll give the line up ago in sequence and keep working on the elbow. I'm sort of in a quandary as I've just had the summer off just playing as normal and now the seasons started i'm thinking about changing things so my timings awful.

    Liked your one feather then strike, I just can't brig myself to do it!
    i think i know where your at with your game, i can see the frustation you must feel at times from the difference in your cue action in those two lineup videos. in the one that you felt all over the place you were kinda pecking at the white an maybe not letting your cue go from the elbow as much as you were in the 111 line out break
    apart from you moving on to the lineup i recmended, a few things you might like to try.
    -slow the back swing down. then when your ready to go stay with the cue all the way though to the chest. close the back of the hand on shot completion. stay with the shot till the ob reaches its target hit or miss
    -try getting a bit lower to the table with your cue, jack down a little
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    Last edited by j6uk; 30th September 2015 at 01:37 PM.

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