screw shots I strongly recommend longer waggles in the preparation.
What is needed is a smooth cue action and a clear pause at the end
of the back swing before driving the cue through, striking the cue
ball below centre, as marked back spin in the image to the right,
and following through in a straight line.
If the waggles are short, the shot will he more difficult
as the last back swing has to be longer. There will be loss of rhythm
in the stroke. To make sure this doesn't happen, prepare for the
actual shot with each waggle and get a feeling for how much
power is required.
must emphasize the need to follow "The Drill" that I talked about
in a previous link, and how important it is to stay absolutely still
on the shot. The harder you hit the cue ball, the more chance there
is of error creeping in, especially in striking the cue ball where
The lower you strike the cue ball, the more back-spin (screw) will
be imparted to it. To find out what happens is a case of trial and
error. If you strike the cue ball just below centre and for the
purpose of this exercise the object ball is no more than a foot
away, the cue ball will come back only a short distance once it
has made contact.
If you address the cue ball a little lower still, and providing
the shot is played correctly and at the same speed, the cue ball
will travel back further.
practicing the various distance and strength related shots to develop
the right feeling for whatever shot you may wish to play. Do not
however, make the mistake of lining up the
cue ball directly behind the object ball so that when the shot is
played the cue ball travels backwards towards you - an exercise
usually practiced on the blue spot.
you do this, also remember that having struck the cue ball, the
cue has to
be withdrawn quickly into the air for fear of the cue ball travelling
back and coming into contact with the cue tip.
defeats the whole object of good cueing, which is to make the cue
strike straight and follow-through. With this shot you just don't
have time to follow-through properly.
shudder when I see coaches lining up a straight pot with cue ball
and object ball only six inches apart and asking the player to screw
back. The player is so pre-occupied with getting the cue out of
the way of the cue ball as it comes back, that he will not only
pull the cue back but probably jump up on the shot as well!
that is required to prevent this is to make the pot slightly off
centre. When the tip of the cue comes into contact with the cue
ball, you can follow-through as usual and there will be no need
to stand up quickly to remove the cue from the path of the cue ball.
Instead you can stay down on the shot and check that everything
has been done correctly.
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