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    Quote Originally Posted by Cue crafty View Post
    One bit of alternative advice Jim. It's fine trying this stuff in solo practice but very bad trying to take it to a game or match. Next time you play a mate or a match try to think of nothing else other than winning, when you line up each shot visualise it going in the pocket, if thoughts creep in about grip just start singing your favourite song in your head to forget it and carry on simply trying to deliver the cue smoothly.

    If you think technical thoughts during a game your body will get more tense and delivering the cue smoothly will be more difficult.

    The point being that your practice brain has learned something but your match brain needs to use it pretty much subconsciously without laboured thought on each shot.
    Excellent advice and beyond SE Essex But I cold be pedantic re Matchplay and thinking of stance, grip, feet position - basically you're fooked if it goes there - just focus on the pot......

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    Excellent advice and beyond SE Essex But I cold be pedantic re Matchplay and thinking of stance, grip, feet position - basically you're fooked if it goes there - just focus on the pot......
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    The more natural a grip is the more consistent it will be. If you practice moving the cue forwards and backwards and concentrate on keeping it online your grip will naturally evolve. If you try and grip the cue in a certain way and it looks great but you are pulling the cue off line then it's pointless. I'd suggest cueing along the baulk line and concentrate on letting the hand do what it needs to do to keep the cue straight as that is the most important point. Hope that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cue crafty View Post
    The point being that your practice brain has learned something but your match brain needs to use it pretty much subconsciously without laboured thought on each shot.
    this above is super advice, thanks!
    relaxing and let your match brain adjust to what is in your practice brain is critical. else the execution will be different from the new practice routine and grip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cue crafty View Post
    One bit of alternative advice Jim. It's fine trying this stuff in solo practice but very bad trying to take it to a game or match. Next time you play a mate or a match try to think of nothing else other than winning, when you line up each shot visualise it going in the pocket, if thoughts creep in about grip just start singing your favourite song in your head to forget it and carry on simply trying to deliver the cue smoothly.

    If you think technical thoughts during a game your body will get more tense and delivering the cue smoothly will be more difficult.

    The point being that your practice brain has learned something but your match brain needs to use it pretty much subconsciously without laboured thought on each shot.
    This is good advice! Stop thinking too much about the technique and whether you're doing it right or wrong and do what feels comfortable. Had my best session yesterday and stopped worrying about whether my grip was right and just naturally held it relaxed without thinking...

    It worked! Did the red line up and made 14/15 and then almost cleared the colours - missed the black...

    I think you're spot on!
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