How to Play Pool : Tips on Gripping a Pool Cue: Online Billiards Lessons for Beginners


Hello I’m Richard on behalf of expertvillage.com,
I’m going to show you a little bit on gripping your cue. First of and fore most you have
your cue, you find your balance point on your cue. So once your balance point have been
found, your cue is gripped anywhere from 6 to 8 inches behind that point. A lot of beginning
players will mark that point on their cue maybe with a piece of tape or maybe with something
as a reference point. But as you play along and as you continue to play you will find
that it naturally falls into your hand. So you are gripping the balance point set right
up in here, I will be gripping the cue for most shots right back in here. Then as I’m
coming around and I’m approaching the ball you want your grip to be lose you don’t want
to choke up on that cue you don’t want to squeeze it. You just want to hold it in your
hand. You are coming down you just want to let it cradle in your fingers, that is all
you are doing, as you are on the shot and you are approaching the cue ball you should
have about a 90 degree bend at your elbow going down to your cue. Your cue should be
leveled at all times and even as you are delivering your shot you are going to deliver the shot,
it is still going to be a lose grip on that cue. You may squeeze it just a little bit
as you hit the ball but it is just not going to be a significant squeeze.

14 thoughts on “How to Play Pool : Tips on Gripping a Pool Cue: Online Billiards Lessons for Beginners

  1. The balance point has nothing to do with where you hold ( you don't grip it ) the cue.
    Where you hold your cue depends on where your tip is at contact with the cueball.
    Ideally your foream should be perpindicular to the cue/table when the tip makes contact with the cueball.

  2. I disagree. If you do not consider the balance point of the cue, your tip tends to sink/float because the weight is lopsided. I see this happen a good deal at the bars with new players using 21 ounce cues. I think you both agree with the right angle of the arm holding the cue though.

  3. What does that have to do where you grip?
    You grip your cue according to your bridge length.
    If the cueball is frozen on the rail, you have no choice but to choke up.
    If it's in the middle of the table, you can have your normal length bridge and grip location.
    Most cues now nowadays balance point is around 18-19" from the bottom. If you don't like the balance point of a cue, don't buy it.
    You shouldn't change your grip location for it.

  4. I was commenting on your post: "Where you hold your cue depends on where your tip is at contact with the cueball" -saying that if you are holding the cue too high or too low from the balance point, you will be more prone to hitting the cue high/low because the weight of the cue is not center when u follow through. Anyone can hold their cue high/low of the balance point and still hit the cue center…I feel it is just a bad habit to get used to for some of the newer players reading this post.

  5. Sorry but holding the cue at the point where your forearm is perpendicular to the cue/slate right before contact is NOT a bad habit.
    The balance of the cue has NOTHING to do with mishitting the cueball. Your bridgehand and your follow-through take care of that.
    Check Lando Shuffet's video here.
    watch?v=a7nmNvYAGpE&feature=related
    Check his forearm and where he holds the cue.
    The balance point of a cue is normally with an inch or 2 from the top of the wrap.

  6. I said in my first post that I agree with both of you that holding your arm like a pendulum @ 90 degrees is in fact a good habit. I'd like to hear what other viewers think about holding the cue within a few grips of the balance point. I still think it is a good habit to get used to.
    As to the 7 yr old hustler, I'm not so sure we should be looking at a 4-ft tall prodigy's form as any gold standard. I'll wait to critique his stance when he grows up.

  7. Nipper, the balance point of most cues are withing an inch or two above the wrap ( I make custom cues ).
    What is a "few grips" ?
    Most normal hold their cues in the middle of the wrap and down. Some like Core Deuel hold the bottom of the wrap ( he's about 6 ft. tall ).
    Where you hold the cue depends on your body and bridge length.
    It has nada to do with the balance point.
    21 house cues with 2 ounces of weight bolt at the bottom is not a cue to consider.
    Most cues are 18 to 19.5 ounces.

  8. I usually find the balance point of the cue the same way as the guy in the video, and grip it within 1-2 hands grip below this point. That is usually about mid-wrap. This was the advice given to me from Jeanette Lee (Black Widow) when she gave a clinic here in town years ago which has worked well for me…especially when using a cheap cue at a bar.

  9. Jeanette Lee has free video lessons at billiardsdigest's site .
    Including the grip. No mention of the balance of the cue at all.

  10. @TeenyTiny945
    I'm about as tall.
    I have a long bridge so I grip right at the bottom of the handle.

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