Slow Mo Video: Watch How to Get Through Ball and Cue Smoothly!

This short slow-mo video demonstrates three key things you need to cue through the ball smoothly using a long back swing.

This video was taken on a lesson with top snooker coach Brian Cox and shows you the potential spin you can get by going through the ball and having a long backswing consistently on every shot.

Long or Short?

A long backswing isn’t for everyone though but there are three benefits to it! Some pros have a long swing such as Mark Selby, Ronnie O’Sullivan or JOhn Higgins. Others like Mark Allen have a short compact swing. But what they all have in common is they do it consistently on every shot!

  1. It offers consistency if you do it on every shot
  2. You can control the power in the shot and have time to look at the object ball before delivering!
  3. You can create a pendulum motion in your cue action and the long swing will naturally open the three back fingers!

Cueing Through…

To get through the ball you need to go through all the way to the chest to complete the shot so that the cue arm goes forward of the vertical! Your cue arm starts vertical, and then ends forward of the vertical!

Keep your head still. Pull the cue back in a consistent and controlled manner and follow through! And finally, relax the grip. Having a longer backswing will ensure this by opening the three fingers naturally on the cue!

And that’s it! Once you can do that consistently on every shot, then the world is your oyster and it’s up to you to remember to be consistent!

Chris Gaynor

Chris Gaynor is a writer with 10 years' experience writing for the web. He loves snooker, CSI and loves cycling off tiramisu!