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.