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    Some good advice there Steve; I think your feet position suits your right eye sighting, I'm more square on with the rest as I'm a left eye sighter. I never thought about my shoulder position before so as I'm a poor rest player at times I'm going to try to get a little bit more side on and move my head a tad to get my left eye over the cue and see if it's better.
    I'll post the reults better or worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vmax View Post
    Some good advice there Steve; I think your feet position suits your right eye sighting, I'm more square on with the rest as I'm a left eye sighter. I never thought about my shoulder position before so as I'm a poor rest player at times I'm going to try to get a little bit more side on and move my head a tad to get my left eye over the cue and see if it's better.
    I'll post the reults better or worse.
    Thanks Steve. Let us know how you get on
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    Quote Originally Posted by tedisbill View Post
    Thanks Steve. Let us know how you get on
    Didn't work mate, felt really unnatural and couldn't sight properly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vmax View Post
    Didn't work mate, felt really unnatural and couldn't sight properly.
    I would say that's the biggest thing that holds a lot of players back.

    If you make a new change you have to stick to it for 3 months at least and see how you get on. Obviously any change in technique you make (having playing in a totally different way for years), will feel strange.

    If a piano teacher told me to put my fingers in a certain position on the piano, I don't think I could expect that after one week I would have nailed it and be playing Mozart.

    It's one of the things I'm always really keen to tell people when I coach. I can't tell you how to do something and in 5 minutes you'll be a better player. The pupil will need to take their new information and incorporate that into their game in the future.

    Some players are happy with their game and enjoy playing and don't want any further improvement, that's fine. If a player does want to improve their game, then obviously any change you make won't feel 'natural', because that's not what you normally do. But that's also the point, I want you to do something you don't normally do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vmax View Post
    Didn't work mate, felt really unnatural and couldn't sight properly.
    Quote Originally Posted by tedisbill View Post
    Some players are happy with their game and enjoy playing and don't want any further improvement, that's fine. If a player does want to improve their game, then obviously any change you make won't feel 'natural', because that's not what you normally do. But that's also the point, I want you to do something you don't normally do.
    What I don't normally do is miss every single pot with the rest by six inches because I can't sight the line, so I went back to my own way where the cue was naturally directly under my left eye and potted seven out of ten, which I'm content with.

    Mark Williams said that the sight right technique felt wrong but it worked, but you're telling me that if it feels wrong and doesn't work then to stick with it for three months at least until I see an improvement that might never come.
    In the meantime I'm putting self 1 totally in charge of my rest play, overiding what comes naturally. I could be a poor rest player at times for a myriad other reasons, I know now that feet position isn't one of them so thank you for that

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