Pro Tips on Hold the Cue Stick

Start with the cradle; this is where the tip of the cue stick will be placed.  There are three different ways you can hold the cue stick, and some may be more effective for you than others.


The first and easiest cradle to learn would be the knuckle cradle.  This is where you rest your hand on the table with the ball of your hand and the nails of your fingers resting against the felt of the table.


Now you can place the cue stick in between the knuckle of your pointer finger and the middle finger.  Adjust the height of your hand from the table until the stick is aligned with the center of the cue ball.


This is easiest for beginners because there is very little traction between skin and stick, which can be a big problem if the player isn’t used to it.  However, this is also the weakest cradle of them all because it provides the least amount of support and stability to the cue stick.


The open V is going to be the second cradle to learn, it is sort of an intermediate level cradle so to speak.  Lay your hands open on the table with your fingers spread apart, and now bring your thumb to the center of your pointer finger so that it makes a V near the knuckle of your pointer finger and the side of the thumb.


This will take some getting used to, and at first it may not feel comfortable or effective.  But, once you get the hang of it, it will be more stable than the knuckle cradle.


The last and more prominent cradle in professional pool playing would be the O cradle.  This provides more stability than the other two combined, but it is difficult to learn because it takes time get comfortable with.


Place your hand flat on the pool table and make an O shape with your pointer finger and your thumb.  Stick the cue stick in through the hole and make sure it rests on top of middle finger.


The pointer finger should be holding it down against the top of the middle finger.  At first it will be hard to get the stick to move freely between the fingers, but once you have learned how to do that you will be able to aim much more accurately.


Sometimes, in specific situation, it will be more effective to use one than the other.  So be sure to assess the shot before you line up for it.