Just Enough is Perfect
Updated: Aug 27, 2018
There are 3 key points in the set up position in the stance...the A.B.C’s. A is Alignment, B is balance and C is clearance. Clearance is the amount of space between the hip and the grip on the stroke side of the body. The right side for a right handed player. The picture below is Vanessa, one of our top performing students featured in our new Cue Sports Training Encyclopedia and voted as one of the sexiest players in the world.
The human body is a work of art with a multitude of moving parts all connected to one another. We know that the eyes must be centered over the cue for two distinct reasons, establishing in us the most important starting point from which to follow. As we move down the spine from the neck, we see that the torso must curve out and around the grip to allow space for the stroke. It is very important that this curve continues back around to meet up with the top of the alignment leg.
What we see most commonly here at the Academy of the Cueing Arts is more of a straight line angle from the head to the coccyx bone or (tailbone) creating a substantial gap between the hip and the grip. As this distance increases so does the margin for error increase. If the hip and grip are connected within a single contact unit, the stroke is restricted to more of a pure forward motion, substantially limiting side to side motion errors. Below we see World Champion Allison Fisher from the same perspective. Notice the same minimal clearance between the hip and grip.
Also, this minimal distance connection sets the alignment of the body to a more natural forward direction, parallel to the cue stick. Think of this, when you walk you sway our arms back and forth along side your hips naturally, right? Notice how close your forearm swings to your hip as you walk. This natural swinging motion is inherent in your design, a trait that we need to carry forward here in the Cue Sports, the most precise are on the planet.
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