How to Hold a Pool Cue

Pool Cue

Regardless of whether you play in competitions, or you just play pool every now and again, it always feels good when you get a perfect shot.  If you are learning to play, or you wish to do better at the game, do not assume that all you need is a cue, table and the pool balls.  You need to learn the techniques, and start from the basics of how to hold a pool cue.

There are some very minor differences between the techniques of how to hold a pool cue, but the basics are the same.  The correct way to hold it comes down to having the correct grip of the wrap (lower end of the cue) and by creating a ‘bridge’ at the shaft near the tip.  If you are right-handed the bridge is created using your left hand and you grip with your left, and vice versa if you are left-handed.  Learning how to hold a pool cue will help with your line of aim, and create more stability as you strike.

Pool Grip Technique Advice

When you grip the end of your cue, you should hold it firmly enough to prevent it slipping around, but comfortable enough to allow the pool cue to pivot in your hands as you move it back and forth.  You can use either your index or middle finger to create a firm grip of your pool cue.

As you lean over the table into striking position, bend your forearm to keep it at a right angle to the cue.  Then, practice sliding it back and forth.  This movement along with your grip will allow you to provide the power you need for your shot, whether you aim to get your target to the far end of the table or your goal is just inches away.

However, more is needed then just giving you good pool grip technique advice.

Pool Bridge Techniques

Firstly, your hand must be firmly placed on the table to create the stability you need so your hand will not shake. However, the heal of your hand may need to be off the table when you take a shot at a high angle (this may happen when another ball is blocking your angle and shot).  In this case, you can use your fingers to create the elevation you need.  You can also use gloves and towels to remove any perspiration from your hand that may affect grip.

There are two basic ways to hold a pool cue using your ‘bridge hand’.  One is by creating an open bridge, which is an open V-shape made with your thumb and the side of your hand.  The V-shape means that the cue will not slide about from side to side, causing you to miss our aim.  An open bridge has the advantage of allowing you to see your target more clearly as you aim the tip to the exact location needed on the ball.

A closed bridge is when you use an O-shape by creating a loop with your hand.  Because the shaft is tapered, it is essential to allow enough room for the pool cue to slide effectively through your fingers, allowing for a smooth movement as it glides through.  The O-shape is ideal for creating more steadiness, especially if you are struggling to get your open-hand V-shape right.

There are other ways to hold your bridge hand.  However, you should pay attention to which are the most stable and comfortable for you to use personally.  You can also purchase blade cue pocket trainers to help you perfect your aim.

For any equipment that you may need to help you improve your pool cue techniques, check out today.