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AIMING

     The ability to legally pocket object balls, relies on the ability to stroke the cue ball in a straight line from
     point A to point B.  Point B, being called the “Point of Contact”, is the position, which the cue ball makes
     contact with the object ball at the point of contact when both balls are touching and lined up on an
     imaginary line (or chalk line drawn on the table) that travels through the centre of the balls to the centre of
     the balls to centre of the pocket.

Sighting

SIGHTING

     Both eyes are open at all times, but with the stronger eye taking preference and the cue running directly
     Under the chin on the side below the stronger eye.  It does not necessarily apply that a person who is right
     handed is right eyed.  In fact a number of prominent competitors sight with the opposite eye, requiring a
     slightly different stance eg. Professional Graham Miles.

     A test for confirmation of stronger eye, involves holding a sheet of paper with a small hole in the centre,
     in one hand – at arms length, and sighting normally with both eyes open and focussing through the hole at a
     distant object, such as a light.  Then, without moving, alternatively covers each eye with the free hand.  It
     will be found that the pupil will always automatically sight through the hole in the paper with the strongest
     eye.  It should be noted that some competitors claim to aim at all times with both eyes.

BRIDGE

     Technique for forming bridge with free hand, either “open” bridge or “boucle” and reasons for using either. Bridge hand to form a firm rest on which the cue slides during the stoke.

 

The bridge is an important part of a player's technique and is often overlooked. To form a solid bridge place your hand on the table and spread out your fingers. Next, pull the tips of the fingers in and the knuckles of the hand should rise. The cue is placed between the thumb and knuckle of the first finger. If the bridge moves during the cueing process then the cue will come away from the line of aim and the player will not cue the white along the intended line. A coach can help to watch a player to see if the bridge is firm and if it is not then adjustments can be made.

 

STANCE

     Traditional boxers stance of tripod stance.  This is a way of standing which will allow the pupil to propel the Cue smoothly along a level plane, through the cue ball whilst sighting down the cue.  Pupils should make
     the stance to the cue, not the cue to the stance.

The stance is the base in a player's technique. It is important for a player to have a firm base because if the body is liable to move during the shot then the cueing and everything else will move off line. Every individual is different and there are many different stances but many share the same common features which I would recommend. I have outlined below the main characteristics for a good stance.

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The right leg (for a right handed player) should be in line with the line that the player is aiming along. Therefore the line of aim needs to be chosen before going down on the shot. It is usually easier to choose the shot and then walk into it, leading with the right leg (if right handed).

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The right leg should ideally be braced and straight but if the player is tall or has back problems then the leg can be bent.

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The left leg should then be placed about a shoulder width from the right.

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This left leg can then either be parallel to the right or slightly in front of it. This depends on what the player feels comfortable with. However the leg should not be placed behind the right.

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The player should lean into the shot slightly so that the left leg is bent and a slight push is needed to help the player stand up from the shot. This helps the player to follow through with the shot.

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The picture below shows an example of a good solid stance.

Accordingly the Australian Eight-Ball Federation’s National Coaching Accreditation Scheme provides co-ordinated training courses for coaches at three levels:-

LEVEL 1. Is an introduction to the principles of coaching and provides basic training in the skills required for teaching beginners, privately and in clubs.

LEVEL 2. Deals with the conduct of training programs for Club Competition players.

LEVEL 3. Involves the advanced theory and practice to develop Club players to reach National and International level and provide effective administration and guidance to Level 1 and 2 Coaches. Coaching courses do not, in themselves, provide everything the practising or prospective Coach needs to know and experience. However, by providing a frame work of fundamentals and a system of guidance and support, the Scheme aims to stimulate a process of self-improvement in coaching skills and knowledge.

 

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