Pre-Shot Routine: Get To The Stroking Line

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In keeping with the CONSISTENCY motif and Pre-Shot routine, here’s a very important aspect that has to be handled.
First I’ve covered setting up your feet and chalking the cue as part of your routine.
OK let’s back up a little bit . Before you can position your feet or your rear foot onto the line, you must find and get your eyes squarely”ON” the stroking line. That step needs to become the foundation of your shots and all elements of your pre-shot routine, at least once you enter the set up phase.
The step of getting the eyes onto the stroking line (before getting down into the position ) sounds so obvious, yet too often I see players NOT locating the line , and thus their whole shot making process starts with little hope of succeeding.
You want to arrange every stance set up for every shot, AROUND THE DISTINCT VISUAL CONFIRMATION OF THE STROKING LINE. Let me repeat, you want to organize each and every shot/stance setup, AROUND THE DISTINCT VISUAL CONFIRMATION OF THE STROKING LINE. Don’t get down to take a shot until you stand and see the line you wish to shoot down.
So the essential component of your pre-shot routine is to find and look down the line. If you can add this to your match, almost any sequence of events after that will produce a much greater measure of CONSISTENT victory for you on the pool table, for years to come.
Do not begin”landing” until you are lined up with the runway. So simple yet so powerful. Organize your stance around this line as you stay focused on it.
OK well try to prove me wrong by NOT getting on the stroking line before you get into your posture, and report back to me how that turned out to you.
Basically get behind the cue ball facing in the direction you want to take, and then refine the truth of that so you can get down and make a shot successfully.
The more you play, the faster you will be able to get onto the line and then get into your stance, to the point of it all looking natural and seemless. Or you could still be very deliberate if you choose.

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