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View Poll Results: How many fingers do you use on your grip hand?
Index finger/thumb 2 4.55%
Two fingers/thumb 8 18.18%
Three fingers/thumb 15 34.09%
All four and thumb 19 43.18%
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Grip question - 11-03-2019, 12:44 AM

In a funk and trying to get comfortable with a grip and was wondering how many fingers you hold the cue with?

Rereading through some material I have it states that the cue is supposed to rest in the first two fingers and craddled in place by the thumb but I have also read that all 4 fingers and the thumb should be used to craddle the cue.

Wanted to see what everyone's opinion was.


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11-03-2019, 01:03 AM

All 4 fingers on the cue, but nothing is gripping the cue. It lays on the fingers, and as you can see, theres quite a bit of light visible ie its loose.
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11-03-2019, 06:23 AM

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In a funk and trying to get comfortable with a grip and was wondering how many fingers you hold the cue with?

Rereading through some material I have it states that the cue is supposed to rest in the first two fingers and craddled in place by the thumb but I have also read that all 4 fingers and the thumb should be used to craddle the cue.

Wanted to see what everyone's opinion was.
You could also think if there are any changes/differences in your grip (which fingers touch the cue or how the cue lays on the fingers) at these particular moments of the stroking motion:
- the end of backswing
- at the moment of the cue tip contacting the CB
- at the end of the follow through.
One of the most important moments of the stroke is when the cue tip hits the CB. That period of time is such short making it very likely impossible to control by your consciousness and that is mostly what defines a pure stroke one has when the others don't. I guess that is also one of the reasons there are various grips working well for different people and for certain shots...
You can control some things on a certain phases of your stroke paying close attention to certain things which may help and lead to a cleaner and smoother stroke but it is much easier to be said than done. At least that is my experience on the topic.


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11-03-2019, 06:48 AM

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All 4 fingers on the cue, but nothing is gripping the cue. It lays on the fingers, and as you can see, theres quite a bit of light visible ie its loose.
I agree with this grip.
  
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11-03-2019, 09:22 AM

These videos were a massive help for me. YMMV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKOy9gWj0nk

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11-03-2019, 10:51 AM

This could be helpful.

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11-03-2019, 01:34 PM

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This could be helpful.

https://youtu.be/lRD10tybtIY
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I agree with this grip style and it is what I have incorporated.
  
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11-03-2019, 01:44 PM

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11-03-2019, 03:08 PM

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In a funk and trying to get comfortable with a grip and was wondering how many fingers you hold the cue with?
Six fingers and two thumbs. But I don't recommend that for everyone.


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11-03-2019, 03:09 PM

It doesn't matter how you hold on to the cuestick. What matters is not grabbing the cue (any more than is necessary to keep the cue from flying out of your hand), on the forward stroke. Have a perfect transition from backwards to forwards, and let the cue do the work. This is true even on the break.

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In a funk and trying to get comfortable with a grip and was wondering how many fingers you hold the cue with?

Rereading through some material I have it states that the cue is supposed to rest in the first two fingers and craddled in place by the thumb but I have also read that all 4 fingers and the thumb should be used to craddle the cue.

Wanted to see what everyone's opinion was.


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11-03-2019, 03:27 PM

GRIP is wrong.
CRADLE is correct.
  
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11-03-2019, 07:12 PM

I hold my cue like I'm holding a baby bird- safely, but gently
and then I let that baby bird spread its wings
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11-03-2019, 07:53 PM

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GRIP is wrong.
CRADLE is correct.
That's definitely the better word to describe it. Could be of great help to those suffering with stroke issues.
  
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11-03-2019, 08:16 PM

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All 4 fingers on the cue, but nothing is gripping the cue. It lays on the fingers, and as you can see, theres quite a bit of light visible ie its loose.
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I agree with this grip.
Works for me.


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11-03-2019, 09:16 PM

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In a funk and trying to get comfortable with a grip and was wondering how many fingers you hold the cue with?

Rereading through some material I have it states that the cue is supposed to rest in the first two fingers and craddled in place by the thumb but I have also read that all 4 fingers and the thumb should be used to craddle the cue.

Wanted to see what everyone's opinion was.
Do what I did years ago....I knew tho I had a flaw and I thought doing this, would best answer my question. I watched the grip of every player at the event (Reds Houston 82?) for two days.... and before I left I changed my grip, played a guy one set to test it, then went back to CO. Three months later, best change of all I ever did to my game.


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