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Thread: Staying still on the shot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shockerz View Post
    Struggling with that one Chris.

    I switch my eyes to the object ball at the same time as my cue starts to go backwards on the final backswing.
    My eyes are on the object ball on the front pause before the final backswing yet I still tend to raise my head to look at it. The crux of the matter is only looking to the OB with your eyes rather than moving your head up to do so; it's easy to flick your eyes up just to look at the OB but we head raisers try to take in the peripheral view of the object ball and pocket, something that can't be done on distance shots and when striking down from the cushion without raising the head.

    The very best players are looking only at the OB at the moment of the strike and flick their eyes to the peripheral view a split second afterwards but even they drop into target fixation when playing cannons and can miss the simplest of shots due to taking their eye off the OB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vmax View Post
    My eyes are on the object ball on the front pause before the final backswing yet I still tend to raise my head to look at it. The crux of the matter is only looking to the OB with your eyes rather than moving your head up to do so; it's easy to flick your eyes up just to look at the OB but we head raisers try to take in the peripheral view of the object ball and pocket, something that can't be done on distance shots and when striking down from the cushion without raising the head.

    The very best players are looking only at the OB at the moment of the strike and flick their eyes to the peripheral view a split second afterwards but even they drop into target fixation when playing cannons and can miss the simplest of shots due to taking their eye off the OB.
    Well for me - I look at the OB as I pull my cue back on the final backswing and look early before delivering...Brian Cox was saying I was looking too late at the OB on delivery of the final backswing which was causing my head to move up and down etc...

    My head hardly moves now due to that and has improved the contact on my long game a lot....Originally was striking safety shots too thick but as soon as Cox spotted that fault, my safety game contact improved...

    As long as you look as early as possible before cue delivery the head will not move (much) I still get head movement, occassionally, but it's minimal now!...
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    I think it's important to diagnose why the movement is occuring. The source of the problem will inform the solution. With respect to the eye movement, I think this is definitely a good solution for those who are raising their head as a result of look up at the object ball or look up to see the result of the shot.

    For other players, they might be raising their head for an early elbow drop and they have to get their head out of the way. We also see a lot of players raising their cue on the backswing which of course raises the head as well. Balance might be another cause, as is misalignment. Finally it could really be just down to bad habits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Csmith View Post
    For other players, they might be raising their head for an early elbow drop and they have to get their head out of the way. We also see a lot of players raising their cue on the backswing which of course raises the head as well. Balance might be another cause, as is misalignment. Finally it could really be just down to bad habits.
    That's hitting the nail on the head. When my grip was tight, we head was subconsciously raised with the cue slope way up, and because of that, feeling the doubt with sighting changed or uncomfortable pressure on thin . worsen the shoulder joining the strike or even grip configuration change to compensate, vicious circle...

    Only solution I found and working on that now is to not to raise the cue at all to chest when walkin in , also keep grip looser.

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