Learning my Grip

I am really enjoying playing on my new pool table. I am new to this game though but I am having a lot of fun when playing with my husband. I have been learning a few things too and one of them is that most of the beginners on this game do not take time to learn how to hold the pool stick. They just want to get up, shake their hands a bit and grab the cue stick and bang, hit that cue ball. What they do not know is that when you hold your pool stick correctly you increase your control, accuracy, consistency and power over the game. Personally, I am still struggling with how to hold my grip but I have learned some tips that I will share with you in this short post.


Your pool cue grasp – get it on the right position

Young man playing pool

Position your forearm in such a way that it is at a right angle with the pool stick. To do this correctly, you should first know where you will hold the stick. This is not too hard either. Just line your cue up slowly so that the tip will be right in front of the cue ball. First, nose the tip of the stick as close as you can to the ball, but do not hit it just yet.   


Pool is a good way to pass time, but to enjoy it, you have to know how to play it. After knowing where to hold the cue, now you need to know how to position your arms for the bingo hit. It is simple. Just keep your elbow slightly above the forearm, and keep the forearm perpendicular to the stick. Take your time, ensure your wrist feels comfortable and that will ensure accuracy and give you a powerful hit.


Your pool cue grasp – How to hold it

Picture holding pool stick

The second rule of the game is to relax. You know how your driving instructor would tell you to relax your grip on the steering wheel? It is the same with the pool stick. Make it feel as an extension of your arm. But beginners feel much better and more in control when they hold the pool cue very tight. They feel they are able to pump some oomph in their hit. However, pool is not about power. It is about control and accuracy.


When you relax your grip, you can hit the ball more accurately and with less effort. You also have to find a natural balance. Instead of a tight grip, change to a relaxed and light hold on the cue. Shoot with as minimal effort as you can manage.


Your grip on the cue stick will depend on what kind of shot you are making. If it is a hard short, you know a powerful one, you will want to make your grip tighter… wait, the right word is firm. That will give you more control, and power.

When you are making a soft shot, you want to relax your fingers and wrist. That will help you make a more accurate shot.


Find your bridge and make it perfect


You will know you have a perfect bridge when your thumb and index fingers meet to form a V. Note that the bridge is going to be consistent and it will pretty much determine the accuracy of your shots. Thus, you have to practice with the bridge until you get it perfect. You can gun for the open or closed bridge. If you find your right bridge, stay with it. Finding the right bridge is a lot of work, but there are many resources to assist you. Remember, work on it persistently until it becomes natural to you.

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New Home Tips

Some people describe moving into a new home as fun but it can consume much of your time because it involves many activities such as packing, planning, cleaning and moving. For me, moving from an apartment to a house was really a big experience and I learned a lot in the process. The activity of packing our things, transporting them, unpacking in the new house and deciding where to put them was hectic for me because I was ill prepared for the job. I am going to share with you tips on some of the things I learned that can make the transition easier on you.


Painting before moving in

Picture of a room and painting materials

It will be better to paint your house before you relocate because painting an empty room is much easier. You don’t have to move furniture, take pictures off the wall or clear the closets out. You can hire a professional painter and can do the painting in one or two days.


Change the locks of your new home


Since you do not know who may be having the keys to your home, it is advisable to change the lock of the house. This will help you to have peace of mind and a sense of security as you will know that you are the only one having access to your house. The previous owner may have given the key to a neighbor, relative or even a cleaning service.


Install closet systems

Closet and shelves picture

When you install the closet system before moving into your new home, it will be much easier as all you need is just arranging your clothes. If you wait until you move in, you will give yourself too much work by moving everything out and piling your clothes in a stack on the floor or on your bed until the closet fittings are installed. You can hire professional installers who can fit the closet for you in a short time. Doing it yourself can take longer as you try to figure out the instructions.


Upgrade electrical outlets


If you are moving into an older home, you may need to do some electrical upgrades. It is easier to do so when the rooms are empty. It will be cheaper if the electricians have immediate access to the outlets because they will work faster and they are paid depending on the time they spend.


An electrician can also install a wall switch and add a ceiling fan. Other projects like adding lights on the closets, hair dryer outlets, installing motion-activated ceiling lights in a laundry room or basement are easier to complete in empty rooms.


Wipe your cabinets


Before moving in your bathroom supplies and dishes, make sure that you clean your cabinets inside and outside. You can use non-toxic cleaners and replace the contact paper.


Storage in the garage


Once you move in you will have a lot of stuff with you. Ensure that you do not pack your stuff in the garage to an extent that you cannot park your car. The stuff likely to be packed in a car garage includes holiday decorations and garden tools. You can build storage shelves or a workbench on which you will store the stuff you do not need to take into the house.

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