On Sat, 22 Jan 2000 19:25:29 -0500, "Phil Muller"
::Does anybody have access to Willie Mosconi Video Tapes? I would like to get
::my hands on some of these tapes to study.
::I am trying to figure out what kind of stroke Willie actually used.
::Somebody told me he uses a slip stroke (what ever the heck that is!). I do
::remember watching him a TV years back and his stroke was something else!
Accu-Stats has some Mosconi footage. Kinister also sells
videos that feature Mosconi, along with many other legends
of old, e.g., Lassiter, Crane, Carras, etc.
As for Mosconi's stroke, I'd say it's interesting to
observe, but it was uniquely his. He grips pretty far
forward by today's standards, and has a bit of sidearm. I
would not recommend imitating it.
I saw him play in 1968. What most impressed me was how he
would be standing there, in position, waiting for the
cueball to roll up in front of his tip, so he could hit the
Slip Stroke was common among good players 50 years ago. To
do it, come to a full stop with your tip at the ball, SLIP
your grip hand back the length of the stroke you want
(pulling the stick back very little or not at all), grip and
stroke through. When done well, it's a thing of beauty. On
the plus side, since the tip barely moves, you tend to hit
the spot you intend on the cueball. On the minus side, it's
very complicated and difficult to learn and be consistent