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How to Hold a Pool Cue


How to hold a pool cue

Pool is a beloved sport worldwide. If you've been to a bar or a friend's house with a pool table, you'll already know it's a fantastic place to gather, meet new people and play a couple of games. While some people play pool recreationally, there are professional pool leagues with national and world championships — some of them even have cash prizes!


If you're new to the game or want to brush up on your skills, check out this guide on pool cue holding techniques to improve your game.

The Importance of Holding a Cue Stick Properly

Most successful pool players have mastered the art of holding the cue stick. Learning how to hold a cue can help enhance precision, focus and steadiness. It is the foundational skill from which you can build your abilities to become more accurate and consistent.

Issues With Improper Grips

Is there a wrong way to hold a pool stick? If you do not hold your cue stick properly, you can run into issues that will impact your performance.


  • Discomfort: Improperly holding a cue stick might be uncomfortable, preventing you from being able to relax and breathe. When you are comfortable, you can focus on other aspects like your stability and aim.

  • Imbalance: An improper grip can also lead to an unbalanced cue stick. As a result, your shots could go places you don't want them to. An imbalanced hold can also pose safety risks, with a greater possibility of the cue stick coming loose and injuring you or someone nearby.

  • Shakiness: If you aren't holding the cue stick right, your hands will be shaky. Shaky hands make for a tricky shot, and you'll have a tough time if you need precise or delicate movements to make the shot.

  • Less control: Overall, an improper hold means you will have less control of the cue stick, and as a result, of the cue ball. Having good control of your aim and power is essential to improving your skills in pool, so be sure to hold your stick correctly.


Step-by-Step Guide for Holding and Positioning a Cue Stick

Guide for holding and positioning a cue stick