Making Love to the Cue Ball
Just like there's a difference between making love and having sex, there is also a big difference between following through and finishing.
You may be wondering what in the world this has to do with the Cue Sports.. right? Trust me, it has more to do than you may think and if you can relate to this concept you may just be in for more than you expected.
At the thought of learning how to have an amazing internal connection and feeling within the cue ball one may seem a bit uncomfortable. But listen closely… and open up. The most common approach is not the always the best. Understand that it's not just the physical motion — it's a connection on a much deeper level. It’s this level of understanding that will unleash a huge difference in your overall performance.
Let’s begin with exactly how to make love to the cue ball in a way that is super easy and takes all the pressure off you.
1. It all begins with the stroke
By far the most important thing that you need to take care of, before you start, is making sure that you are totally comfortable with what's about to happen. If you have never experienced the be-foreplay, then you will understandably be nervous and hopefully just a little excited.
The stroke is broken down into 3 sections. The Set the Pause and the Finish. You can learn all the details in Volume 1 of the Cue Sports Encyclopedia. For this brief article we will focus on the Impact-to-Finish portion of this motion.
You should never ever feel pressured into completing this process. Most people stop short and never feel the true sensation of the finish. In order to miss the mark, one has to tighten up - holding back, which causes a dramatic slowing down of the energy through the impact sweet spot zone. The most important part of the stroke motion is the full acceleration to the end. By doing this consistently you will apply the perfect fullness that you are searching for and the bonus - the cue ball will react as you wish!
2. Understand that it's not just a motion — it's a connection on a deeper level
There is an absolute massive difference between thinking you are there and truly knowing. Making love to the cue ball is about getting the cue tip to almost literally pass right through. It’s not about going fast or slow, it’s about a consistent accelerating smooth penetration. It's the stuff that really happens as a result of doing it right, not the cause of doing it. What will make you come back time after time is connecting what happens to that feeling of knowing you are there, at the magic point. So, where is this?
This magic point is way past the sweet spot - this I mean literally and figuratively. You'll know if you are doing it correctly when you see and feel your tip touching down. When you stroke to the correct end - the finish, you not only experience all the pleasures of passing through but more importantly you'll see and feel this magic happen.
3. Tip-to-core contact is crucial for transfer
Like I said, learning how to make love to your cue ball is about connection. Ideally, you want to connect along a perfect straight line and finish at the end. However, the thought process of the following through causes more of a “bad” motion than a good one. Remember, if you finish you will follow through, however just because you follow through doesn't necessarily mean you finished.
Technically, the forearm needs to hang under the elbow and swing like a pendulum during the entire stroke. The most common error we see is most are dropping down during the swing, completely missing this magic place. Get there and you’ll unlock this mystery of cue sports love.
When you swing back and up you create space. Allowing gravity to bring you back down you'll feel the butterflies in your stomach as you swoop down and back up again. As you swing (all the way) to the top (goal) you unleash all this positive energy. The key is to allow this love to continue all the way to its goal - without the elbow dropping down.
Unlocking these hidden secrets takes time, knowledge and patience. The information you need is right here at your finger tips. Dive in and explore what you have been truly searching for all these years.
Learn all the details in the Cue Sports Training Encyclopedia