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RichSchultz
11-15-2015, 04:54 AM
Ok, so I think I have an unconventional stance, and it's one I don't recall reading about or seeing. I just tried it a couple years ago and it works well for me. Tell me your thought. Imagine both feet side by side, wider than shoulder width apart (for stability). Cue ball splits my feet perfectly in the middle. I get as low to the table as I can and almost use my chin as a guide (a la snooker players). Seems to really work for me.

Anyone else use something similar? Anyone here develop their own unique stance?

SilverCue
11-15-2015, 06:27 AM
How tall are you and your age of you don't mind?

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RichSchultz
11-15-2015, 06:42 AM
5'10", 46 years old. Been playing 20 years

caff3in3
11-15-2015, 06:57 AM
I have some serious back issues. I can play normally for a few games but after that I get pretty cramped up and have to bend more at the knees and less at the waist and keep my head fairly high up. Looks a bit different but allows me to play.

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RichSchultz
11-15-2015, 07:16 AM
I have some serious back issues. I can play normally for a few games but after that I get pretty cramped up and have to bend more at the knees and less at the waist and keep my head fairly high up. Looks a bit different but allows me to play.

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I actually have serious back issues too; i suffer for the game we love.

rick the stick
11-15-2015, 07:53 AM
A lot of people do "weird" things when shooting. IMO if it works for you, and you keep one foot on the floor, keep shootin til ya miss!

accustatsfan
11-15-2015, 08:06 AM
Ok, so I think I have an unconventional stance, and it's one I don't recall reading about or seeing. I just tried it a couple years ago and it works well for me. Tell me your thought. Imagine both feet side by side, wider than shoulder width apart (for stability). Cue ball splits my feet perfectly in the middle. I get as low to the table as I can and almost use my chin as a guide (a la snooker players). Seems to really work for me.

Anyone else use something similar? Anyone here develop their own unique stance?

Tried the exact same stance a few years ago. I thought I found the "secret". I went back to right foot on the shot line and never looked back. In the end if it works for you do it

There were two YouTube instructional videos (apologize I don't have links) featuring Thorsten Hohmann/Mike Massey and another video with Rodney Morris. They advocate holding the cue by the balance point and turning until you are aligned with the shot.

I like the second technique because it is basically the same concept as "natural point of aim" with a firearm

ctyhntr
11-15-2015, 09:25 AM
If it works for you, and doesn't impede progress in getting better then stick with it. If it doesn't then seek an instructor who can teach and troubleshoot the more conventional stances.

bdorman
11-15-2015, 09:37 AM
I have a unique stance because arthritis in my neck keeps me from raising my head enough to see the OB when bent over in a traditional stance. It's not one I'd recommend for anyone unless it's necessary.

gregcantrall
11-15-2015, 09:39 AM
I recently opened up my stance. Moving my left foot back a little and further to the left, similar to a snooker stance. I like it and feel it has improved my game.

Cole Dickson used a very wide stance with both knees appearing to be locked or close to it.

ENGLISH!
11-15-2015, 10:18 AM
Ok, so I think I have an unconventional stance, and it's one I don't recall reading about or seeing. I just tried it a couple years ago and it works well for me. Tell me your thought. Imagine both feet side by side, wider than shoulder width apart (for stability). Cue ball splits my feet perfectly in the middle. I get as low to the table as I can and almost use my chin as a guide (a la snooker players). Seems to really work for me.

Anyone else use something similar? Anyone here develop their own unique stance?

That's much the way I played for many many years. Snooker players are very accurate cueists & have the head & eyes level & straight on would be a natural advantage.

Then, an eye accident, but still played that way, then issues, age, ruptured L5 disc, wieght gain, & issues & ultimately learning that I am now of the cross dominant eye variety.

So, I've rotated my body clockwise & have become more 'pool conventional'.

What ever works for you.

Best Wishes to You & ALL.

pwd72s
11-15-2015, 10:24 AM
As we age...

Well, things change.

RichSchultz
11-15-2015, 10:46 AM
That's much the way I played for many many years. Snooker players are very accurate cueists & have the head & eyes level & straight on would be a natural advantage.

Then, an eye accident, but still played that way, then issues, age, ruptured L5 disc, wieght gain, & issues & ultimately learning that I am now of the cross dominant eye variety.

So, I've rotated my body clockwise & have become more 'pool conventional'.

What ever works for you.

Best Wishes to You & ALL.
Interesting! I have a ruptured L5 too; my surgeon, after my surgery, told me to give up pool. I have not gone back to him. His money goes to my pool hall...probably foolishly.

Island Drive
11-15-2015, 02:14 PM
Ok, so I think I have an unconventional stance, and it's one I don't recall reading about or seeing. I just tried it a couple years ago and it works well for me. Tell me your thought. Imagine both feet side by side, wider than shoulder width apart (for stability). Cue ball splits my feet perfectly in the middle. I get as low to the table as I can and almost use my chin as a guide (a la snooker players). Seems to really work for me.

Anyone else use something similar? Anyone here develop their own unique stance?

Picture?........................Ck some of the old footage of Rempe's stance. Rock solid and different than the herd.

ENGLISH!
11-15-2015, 02:40 PM
Interesting! I have a ruptured L5 too; my surgeon, after my surgery, told me to give up pool. I have not gone back to him. His money goes to my pool hall...probably foolishly.

I've not had surgery. The doctor recommended 3 surgeons & when I asked which one did laser surgery, he did not know.

I went on-line again & found out that it can 'heal' on it's own with rest & that is for what I opted & did.

It's not 'healed' but I'm not in any real pain if I don't aggravate it. It's just living with it in occasional discomfort & knowing that it's there waiting.

I'll probably have laser if it gets to that point.

Take Care, Stay & Shoot Well.