The Pool Stroke

Written by Easy Pool Tutor

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Common Stroke Mistakes

One of the most common mistakes that beginner players do that causes them to have a crooked stroke is illustrated below. The stroking arm not perpendicular to the table and it either angled ourward or inward. This causes a severely crooked stroke. Note that there are some exceptions - there are a few professional players who have their arm angled outward but they stroke straight as an arrow! The reason for this is because they have been doing it that way since they were children and have found a way to correct their stroke despite the incorrect angle of the arm.

Stroke Mistake #1: Arm is angled outward
Mistake #1: Arm is angled outward
Stroke Mistake #2: Arm is angled inward
Mistake #2: Arm is angled inward

So, how do you correct this problem? Below is the ideal angle of the stroking arm. Below is an illustration of the ideal arm angle for your stroke

Ideal Arm Angle for the Stroke
Ideal Arm Angle for the Stroke

Video demonstration of the correct stroke

Video courtesy of Dr. Dave and The Illustrated Principles of Pool and Billiards at www.engr.colostate.edu/pool/

Exercise: Find your Stroke

In order to find out if you have a straight stroke and correct it if it is not straight - you will need to do the following drills. Please read the Stroke Drills articles.

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