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Get To The Stroking Line

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In keeping with the CONSISTENCY motif and Pre-Shot routine, here’s a very important aspect that must 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 onto the line, you must find and get your eyes straightened”ON” the stroking line. That step should become the foundation of 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 (before getting down into the position ) sounds so obvious, yet too often I see players NOT finding the line , and so their entire shot making process starts with little hope of succeeding. Luck and ability/talent to compensate become their crutch or greatest hope.
You want to organize every stance setup for every shot, AROUND THE DISTINCT VISUAL CONFIRMATION OF THE STROKING LINE. Let me repeat, you need to organize every single shot/stance setup, AROUND THE DISTINCT VISUAL CONFIRMATION OF THE STROKING LINE. What does that really mean? Don’t get down to shoot a shot until you stand and watch the line you wish to shoot down.
So the essential component of your pre-shot routine is to find and look down the line. If you can add this to your game, just about any sequence of events after that will create a much greater measure of CONSISTENT victory for you on the pool table, for many years to come.
Do not start”landing” until you are lined up with the runway. So simple yet so strong. Organize your stance around this line as you stay focused on it.
OK well try to prove me wrong by NOT getting on the stroking line until you get down into your posture, and report back to me how that turned out to you.
Basically approve of the cue ball facing in the direction you want to shoot, and then refine the truth of that so you can get down and make a shot .
The more you play, the faster you will be able to get onto the line and then get into your stance, to the point of everything looking natural and seemless. Or you can nevertheless be very deliberate if you choose.
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