The reason the stance is so important is that at the moment of playing the shot the body should be absolutely still, with the exception of the right forearm (assuming you are right-handed). To be still you must be steady as a rock, and there is only one stance that will provide that steadiness, shot in and shot out. The right leg should be roughly in line with the shot, with the right foot pointing to the right of that line at an angle of about sixty degrees. The left foot should be pointing roughly in line with the shot, and the distance between the feet should be twelve inches (more or less, depending upon the height and to some extent the weight of the player.Tony Knowles stance. Note how the left leg is bent at the knee, bringing the weight forward. The right leg is ramrod straight which anchors the stance.
The left leg should be bent at the knee, which means the weight is forward, while the right leg must he ram rod straight. This is crucial. The right leg is your anchor and on no account should you move it. Take care that you do not involuntarily rise on your toes while you are making the shot. This is a common fault, easy to spot in other players and easy to cure by concentrating on it until keeping the leg becomes automatic.
You should find this position both comfortable and solid. If it is not comfortable, a minor adjustment of the feet will make it so. Stick your bottom out as far as it will go. This will make your back level rather than hunched. Guard against having your right leg too far back, as this will make your stance overextended. You may suspect that you make minor variations to this stance from one shot to another, but this is not a worry, as long as it remains essentially the same. As to solidity, that is easily demonstrated by adopting the stance and having someone give you a moderate push on the shoulder. You will scarcely move. Then adopt any other conceivable stance (what you most commonly see is both knees bent, or, quite grotesque, both legs straight and splayed wide apart) and ask for a similar push. The difference will be apparent.
To reach difficult shots without using the rest it is sometimes impossible to adopt the basic stance. This is the exception that proves the rule. Go to any reasonable lengths to avoid using the rest, but beware of overreaching. It is not enough for the cue tip just to be able to reach the cue ball. You must be able to make your preliminary addresses in a straight line, and also be able to follow through.
Simply pool and snooker provide a pool table hire service as well as other services within the snooker and pool table industry. We also like writing these blogs for all keen enthusiasts. So, if you are reading this blog and have any subjects you would like written about we are open to your suggestions.