Pre-Shot Routine

Man Playing Pool Table While Sharply Looking at the White Ball on the Table
In keeping with the CONSISTENCY theme and Pre-Shot regular, here’s a very important aspect that has to be handled.
First I’ve covered setting up your feet and chalking the cue as part of your routine.
OK let’s back up a little bit first. Before you can place your feet or your back foot on the line, you must find and get your eyes squarely”ON” the line. That step should become the foundation of all your shots and all elements of your pre-shot regular, at least once you enter the setup phase.
The step of having the eyes on the stroking line first (before getting down to the position ) sounds so obvious, yet too often I see players NOT finding the line first, and so their whole shot making process begins with very little hope of succeeding. Luck and ability/talent to compensate become their crutch or best hope.
You want to arrange every stance set up for each shot, AROUND THE DISTINCT VISUAL CONFIRMATION OF THE STROKING LINE. Let me repeat, you need to organize each and every shot/stance setup, AROUND THE DISTINCT VISUAL CONFIRMATION OF THE STROKING LINE. Do not get down to take a shot till you stand and see the line you want to shoot down.
So the key component of your pre-shot routine is to find and look down the line. If you can add this to your match, just about any sequence of events after that will create a much greater measure of CONSISTENT success for you on the pool table, for years to come.
Don’t begin”landing” until you are lined up with the runway. So simple yet so strong. Organize your stance around this line as you remain focused on it.
OK well try to prove me wrong by NOT getting on the stroking line before you get into your stance, and report back to me how that turned out for you.
Basically get behind the cue ball facing in the direction you want to shoot, and then refine the accuracy of that so that you can get down and make a shot successfully.
The more you play, the faster you will have the ability to get onto the line and then enter your stance, to the point of it all looking natural and seemless. Or you could still be very willful if you choose.

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