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    Hi

    After playing for couple of years and seeing coaches i've improved alot, but yet sometimes i think i havent got the perfect grip

    watch this akani's grip: for that amount of backswing is this too tight?

    1:37 potting a red, watch his grip

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hg74Au3SWA

    Now
    watch berrys coaching video talking about grip trigger
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuaNdCU64R4

    here berry says use the 3rd finger as a trigger.

    however before even watching this video i noticed that i already am using my middle finger as a trigger, and not sure if someone else has this grip or not, basically i pull the cue back like most people but at the end of my backswing my middle finger is abit tight or in other words abit more bent, so i guess i am using this finger as a trigger ( maybe). however on delivery i keep my thumb+forefinger relaxed and snap the last 3 fingers to close the grip.

    recently i notcied that sometimes i feel that middle finger has too much tension although its not too tight, but watching nic barrows videos and many more coaches, i feel like i should open the last 3 fingers all the way. this bit has always confused me, but if i open the last 3 fingers and let them be relaxed, then i feel that my grip is too loose


    please do share your thoughts about this topic, its very valuable for me at this point.
    i would really appreciate your help

  • #2
    You are over thinking this whole concept. What's right for a pro might not be right for you so develop your own technique as there are no sure-fire 'correct' techniques and just because Akani does something it doesn't mean it's right for the rest of the world.
    Terry Davidson
    IBSF Master Coach & Examiner

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    • #3
      https://youtu.be/gqgMcFtYQUc in my opinion all you need to know is contained in here

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Terry Davidson View Post
        You are over thinking this whole concept. What's right for a pro might not be right for you so develop your own technique as there are no sure-fire 'correct' techniques and just because Akani does something it doesn't mean it's right for the rest of the world.
        i dont wanna complicate things, but i cannot find the perfect grip, i have tried so hard but cannot find the proper grip that suits me.
        i know the best and easiest grip is to open the back 3 fingers, however my grip feels so loose that way and i cannot pot alot. however if i dont fully open the last 3 fingers i pot much much better but the thing is its not consistent, it goes back to loose grip and i cannot maintain it.
        all i know is that when i pot balls and my grip feels better is my middle finger has tension and its not fully open even on long backswing. but as i said it goes back to normal grip and all back 3 fingers either loosen up or they all tighten up

        thats y i needed to know something about trigger finger grip. bcaz the way nic barrow or some other coaches tell student to relax the back 3 fingers isnt working for me at all. im 101% sure its my grip caz as soon as i make any changes my potting increases/decreases by 200%

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        • #5
          Originally posted by rimmer10 View Post
          https://youtu.be/gqgMcFtYQUc in my opinion all you need to know is contained in here
          tnx but yeah this is the hard part for me, when i fully open the last 3 fingers, i cannot feel so confident with grip and i cannot pot alot, however as soon as i make it abit tight or i open the last 3 fingers abit less, then i pot way better. however its not consistent . thats y i wanna find the proper grip for me

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          • #6
            grip and trigger finger

            I think a lot of people are overthinking the grip myself included at times. sometimes it's best not to think too much about the technique, just focus on potting the ball. i also find useful to just remembering the sounds and the feel you have when cueing well. of course sometimes is good to work on different aspects of technique

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            • #7
              If you really want some help, post a video of you doing the line-up so we can actually see your game.

              There may be lots of far more important things you're doing wrong before these minor tweaks are done to improve your game.
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