Learn to Play Eight Ball – Your Cue Action
The purpose of the cue action is to deliver the cue in a straight, level action along the line of the shot. Everything covered above this section comes together in the cue action. The cue action requires that the player has a correct, well drilled approach to the table and adopted a comfortable solid stance.
The cue action also requires that the bridge has placed the first “V” on the line of the shot and the grip has the second “V” on the line of the shot. The cue action involves a rehearsal (called feathering) of the moving the cue back and forth keeping the second “V” of the grip (and therefore the cue), on the line of the shot.
The feathering should adopt a rhythm and length in keeping with the shot about to be played. During the feathering, the eyes will be alternating between the cue ball and the object ball (and possibly pocket) to provide reassurance that the cue in on the line of the shot. On or before the final backswing, the player’s eyes should fix on the intended point of contact on the object ball.
On the final backswing there should be a momentary pause, providing the player with the final opportunity to be focused on the object ball. The player then delivers the cue along the line of the shot by moving the second “V” (of the grip) directly towards the first “V” of the bridge.