I’m curious if pro snooker players got lower on the cue 50+ years ago, before most pro pool players started getting low on the cue?
With the much longer distances it would make sense, I'm also curious about this.
When your CB is close to an OB, it makes sense to stand more upright to get a better shot picture, or in situations where you're shooting over balls for obvious reasons. Perhaps part of the reason was billiards (non pocket kind) used to be THE game. It's easier to see what's going on when you're moving balls a fraction of an inch along a rail for hundreds of points. This is speculation, but I'd imagine if you saw exhibitions in your town, it was the stance used and emulated. Pre-internet information was hard to get and slow to change. The older books were either about billiards, or made by people coming from or used to watching billiards. If the champions of the time played billiards, then people transferred to pocket games, it makes sense they would stay with the old reliable stance.
No one gave much info for free back then, so unless someone playing a low stance player personally put 2 and 2 together they used what they were used to seeing. If the champs stood upright and made a hundred points down the long rail, this was surely the way to stand.
Personally, growing up in the 80s, I never really saw anyone play low on the ball. Everyone just stood upright. There wasn't much of a pool culture other than bars here. It was in the late 90s when I saw someone shooting low, but even then it wasn't something you saw like you do today. Even if you watched things like those old shows with fats vs. lassiter, they stood mostly upright. Being in an isolated area without a pool hall culture, these were the folks you emulated.