Perfecting Your Stance
The stance you hold is going to be the foundation for your entire game. If you are unsteady on your legs or uncomfortable in the position you are in then it is unlikely that you are going to be able to confidently shoot the cue ball. There is a specific science to get the most comfortable and effective stance in pool, and we have illustrations.
The first step is lining up the shot. Approach the table and line yourself with the cue ball and the object ball you intend to pocket. Your belly button and nose should be in line with the cue ball and object ball.
Now, assuming you are a right handed player, you step the right foot in line with the shot and the left foot out at a 45 degree angle. This stance is going to do two things for you. One, it is going to get you in line with the shot. Two, it is going to allow you to get low in the shot, which will make shooting more comfortable.
As you lean into the shot make sure your arm, head and foot are all in line with the shot. This is going to be the best way to start developing some serious consistency. The trick is to get everything lined up with your aim line. Remember to get low so that you can see the true trajectory the ball will take.
The best way to develop good technique and consistency is by making your stance and pre-shot routine second nature. Remember to follow the steps when aligning each shot. Trust me you will see a noticeable difference in your game. For a more in-depth article on proper stance technique follow the link.
Thanks for reading. Let me know if it helped, if you have questions, or if there is anything you would like advice on. Contact me, Thom.