• Timothy White

The 3 Positions of a Perfect Billiard Stroke

Updated: Jun 12


The almighty pendulum sets the stage for a perfect stroke. There are three key critical essential positions on this arc: SPF.




The Set-Pause-Finish are the key positions in many similar sports, such as golf, tennis, bowling, etc. These positions are crucial to developing the correct Cue Sports stroke on a physical level and contribute to mental cognitive thinking patterns.


Set, the most important of the three positions is the first, which establishes the sweet spot. The set position shows the basis of every critical point to follow so that the movement of the stroke will ultimately bring the cue right back through to contact the cue ball correctly.


Pause is the second position of the stroke, highly essential to two things, where the transfer of muscles occurs. It also is where the focus transfer of the eyes to lock in on the target appears.


The finish is the third position of the stroke, where most players unfortunately never reach where the goal is located.


The job of the stroke is not to hit the cue ball. It is to complete the pendulum. By moving the forearm from one position to the next, the pendulum is naturally produced by merely moving the forearm from one position to the next. The cue ball just happens to be in the way of this arc.

Learn all the exact details on achieving this in Volume 1 & 2 of the Academy of the Cue Sports Training Encyclopedia.

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