> stance used by Corr and Fisher involves keeping their legs straight. When
> watch them play, I don't see straight legs. What I see is a fairly square
> stance, with the rear leg (or what would be the rear leg) bent and the
> turned inward. Line Kjoersvik is another example, although she sometimes
> BOTH knees, not just the rear one.
> The "normal" pool stance is less square, meaning that the front foot is
> ahead of the rear foot, the back leg is straight (although the knee joint
> not be locked tight, mine isn't), and the front leg is either straight or
> (usually depending on how tall is the player).
been told it is because the table is so large that they are shooting many
more shots from 2-3 feet away from their body, and with that have to get
close to the table. As such, changing to a square stance is the one they
use most of the time, so using it away from the rail is simply "maintaining
That said, the key thing I see with the straight stance is that your head is
not***ed to the side during aiming. By the time I take my typical 45
degree open stance, put my *** eye over the ball and turn my head to
look down the target line, I can pretty much guarantee the world is slightly
skewed. It seems that with a more open stance that my face and vision would
be straighter down the target line.
As far as the width, locked knees, etc., I gotta believe this is personal.
I watched Karen and Alison last night. Karen's stance was wide, Alisson's
was 2/3s that of Karen's. Otto's (whom I had the good fortune of playing
with today) uses a similar stance (and yes Mark, I was looking at it
closely, especially the way you were shooting) is wider than even
Karen's..... the key element is they all seem to get over the stick to the
same level. Then it becomes execution.
I also wonder if it is easier to have a straight stroke (from the elbow)
when your stroke is not crossing your body plane.
Lots of interesting thoughts. Now after I get done trying them, Tom is
going to have to come in and do some repair work.
> When I experiment with a square stance, I find that my rear hand brushes
> against my hip, causing problems with a straight stroke. I think that is
> the snooker players bend in their knee, to try to get the hip out of the
> their grip hand. Maybe my legs are too long or something, but I can't get
> hip out of the way comfortably by just bending in my rear knee. It is
> for me just to rotate my hips around a couple of inches, away from the
> move my front foot forward a little, and adopt a "normal" pool stance. Of
> course, it could be an "old dog, new trick" issue with me.
> $.02 -Ron Shepard