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  1. Mike J.
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Another thing I never see mentioned is that getting down lower on the shot helps with eye dominance issues. I went from being right-eye dominant to being left-eye dominant as the eyesight in my right eye deteriorated, and then back to right-eye dominant after my cornea replacement. This created significant problems with my aim in pool. I shoot best with my dominant eye on the shot line, over the cue, and the higher my head, the less obvious it is to me when my head is out of alignment. I’m still not 100% consistent with eye dominance—that is, it’s not back to being natural and unconscious for me—and a lower head position makes me more aware of it when I drift back into having problems with eye dominance.

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  2. Julius Gomez
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    I always tried the "textbook" or "orthodox" pool stance. Tried to force it, ended up hurting my right hamstring since I am a left-handed player. Thanks for this video which gave me an alternative and guide on how can I have a comfortable stance. Godspeed!

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  3. chris anderson
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    You are such a goober but your vids are so helpful lol

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  4. Real Truth
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Thanks, Dr Dave. I am so glad you debunked the snooker stance myth. I mostly play pool now, but still use my snooker cue and stance. I follow and screw back at least as well as anyone using a pool cue. Never encountered cue ball movements issues, while in a pool table. Glad a real pool instructor expressed this in a video.

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  5. Rip Acree
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    I've been practicing my basics for some time now but everytime I find a new channel or information I always learn something new or better yet remember things that I've forgotten. You have the best teaching format so far. Thanks Dr. Dave

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  6. poolsharkuk
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Great videos very helpful for my game and others.I’m quite tall and instead of bending both knees I have a very wide stance instead and stand more like a snooker player where the cue is touching my chest and chin. Is a very wide stance ok or is bending both knees better?

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  7. LeonMusicful
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Top notch content. I’ve seen world class players teach, but they can’t explain things as clearly and thoroughly as you do

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  8. Steve Coates
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Really helpful video..especially placing your foot outside the shotline for comfort. Im really struggling with my game.
    You say to keep the face square to shot and level…however im left eye dominant and right handed and ive heard i should be using my left eye more? Would you agree with this?

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  9. Johnny Medina
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    I currently have an issue where my stroking hand will hit my side or chest when I follow through. I asked some of the local players about it. Some say it's not a big deal, others tell me I need to fix it. I guess my elbow also tends to lean out a little as well. When I bring my elbow in however it seems extremely uncomfortable. Should I change my stance all together or is this discomfort due me just not being used to my elbow being straight?

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  10. my account
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Is the tape in a straight line of your vision center of a corner to corner shot ?

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  11. Kable K
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

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  12. Vmax4steve
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    A pool table is not only smaller than a snooker table but also lower so the rifle sighting chin on cue stance isn't easy to accomplish, especially if you're tall. This doesn't matter so much on a small table with bigger pockets as sighting can be done with less of the cue shaft visible on the line of aim; move to a snooker table however and you need more cue visible on the line of aim to aid sighting so you have to get down lower.
    Your stance is to get the butt of the cue on the line of aim and your vision centre leads you in this as you flick focus from cue ball to object ball.
    As far as sighting goes it's important to know that only information from one eye is used to see a straight line but information from two eyes is needed for depth perception and judgement of angles. Your natural hand eye co-ordination will do this for you so all you have to do is look and see and the brain will subconsciously shut out information it doesn't need from one eye while sighting the straight line and take information from both eyes when judging distance and angles.
    Your vision centre, the place between your eyes where the brain sees a straight line, leads you in this so never ever take a stance that is supposed to be correct or textbook as this will put you in the wrong place.
    All the great players have one eye more over the cue to some degree, the very best have one eye directly over the cue and it's these that see the straight line the best. This used to be known as dominant eye theory but is now called vision centre and it may look like a cue is equally between a players eyes but stance, head position to the side or a tilt will put one eye very near to or directly over the cue.
    Ronnie O'Sullivan, Judd Trump, Neil Robertson, Mark Selby, Stephen Hendry, Shaun Murphy and Earl Strickland all have one eye directly sighting down the cue along the line of aim, some left eye some right eye but all have the correct stance to achieve this and it's generally boxer stance (one foot in front of the other) for opposite eye to hand sighting and square stance (feet level) for same hand same eye sighting. Slight variations of these two stances will put the head in the right place without any neck strain as the head will naturally drop to favour one eye over the other without having to twist it.

    If you're merely happy to be a good pool player then carry on as you are, but if you want to play great pool then adopt snooker basics, it's frightening how good the top pro snooker players are. If Earl Strickland had been english he had the style to make it as a top snooker player, dominant eye sighter with chin on cue stance shooting only from the elbow, Shane Van Boening being upright with too much shoulder in his action, no chance, but on a small table with big pockets he gets away with it.

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  13. Farzin F
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    I am a beginner. I'd like to build up my skills in billiards in the game of 9 and 10 ball. Should I get the DVD series on 9/10 ball or is there a better DVD set for beginners?

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  14. JACK CHEUNG
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Snooker players in the UK are laughing out so loud at this video lol

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  15. Gary Smith
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    My biggest problem are my glasses. Whenever I try to get my head down close to the cue I'm looking over the glasses and vision is blurred. Will have to concentrate on more knee bend I think?

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  16. Tecno Linux
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Can someone here in the comments help me please , I want to know how the Piston stroke looks because I was reading on a article about it but they didn't show a example and I want to try it, looking around YouTube I find a video but the video description said that it was a poor attempt on the Piston stroke

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  17. Matimio S
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Im also tall 6.36 and had shoulder pain and felt uncomfortable or at a disadvantage.. i have a straight snooker stands like Ronnie O sullivan, but it makes me feel uncomfortable on a pool table

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  18. Antonio Sandoval Filho
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Great video. I’m also 6’3 and have been struggling since I’m trying to change my stance, so that I can get the chin and chest contact. I still have to bend my knees a little bit more than you, since I have super long legs (even for my height), but it’s better than putting all that strain on the back. Still, a table just 3 inches or so higher would be a dream haha.

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  19. Holly Moment
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Thank you Doctor Dave.
    This tips will surelly improve me.
    I wish i could play with you some day.
    Ps: your studdant

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  20. Mason Deal
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Just finished the final exam for your class and gotta say, I'm gonna miss your lectures. Luckily there's a whole graduated program for billiards! 😉 you rock Dr. Dave

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  21. Danny Nickels
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    is that a spencer marston table you are shooting on.

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  22. vcoolpool
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Dr Dave, again another great video. I'm 6'3 tall also and thinking about my stance while playing or practicing it seems like I float between all the different stances you did. Like you stated, each shot is different and are different spots on the table. I get a good stance when shooting from the top/bottom of the short rail versus having to shot over balls in the middle of the table.Thanks as always!

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  23. Moritz Rutkowski
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Hi DrDave. I have a big problem with my stance. I played at a really high level and made a break. After the break I don‘t find my stance again. Do you have an idea how I can find it again? It is kinda weird to know that your stance doesn‘t feel right and you don‘t find your old pool stance again. Hope you can give me some input to figure out, how I become as good as before the break.

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  24. Duy Quang Nguyen
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    I literally figured out that final stance in this video by myself 3 days ago and used it as my main stance now. I just opened YouTube and saw this video on the front page and it pretty much summarized my same stance evolution. I checked to when was this video uploaded and damn, it is exactly 3 days ago, the same day I figured out that superb stance by myself! What a coincidence! Anyway, for me this is the best stance. It is so comfortable and stable. I can shoot much more consistent now. Thanks Dr. Dave for sharing this to every one.

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  25. Tran Khoa
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Thanks a lot Dr.

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  26. oPaTRioT/
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    I wanna see him play someone

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  27. John Housh
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    You should be careful about extending your bridge arm and locking your elbow. This will put a lot of stress on your shoulder. Turning the elbow a bit down helps prevent shoulder issues.

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  28. Kevin Bransky
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    I totally have a snooker stance, without any regard to the layout or the pattern. I guess I'm more of a snooker stance guy hahah, even though I rock at pool.

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  29. Tin Chen
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Awesome video, Barry talked the same issue in following video, but you give us more detail guidelines, thanks a lot !
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiJrYXZhhu8&t=207s

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  30. Bryan Cj
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    1 question, why american pool tables so low? any standard stance is extremely uncomfortable.

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  31. anotherOneMore7
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Maybe my problem is that on every shot I do the 'dance' seen at 7 min 44 seconds!

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  32. anotherOneMore7
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    My issue is I am too tall… I can't really lock my knee(s) and shoot unless I am upright. I need the table to be higher!

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  33. Aaron Ladner
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    DrDaveBilliards will you be trying out the Meucci carbon shaft and doing a video comparing it to the one of the other carbon shafts?

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  34. TheOnecosmos
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Dr Dave, you are awesome mate, thanks a million, peace and love and bliss to you.

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  35. Matthew Davis
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Exactly! Just as the beginning of the video says it's subjective, just like a baseball swing and stance, do what is comfortable and just practice, your stance and stroke will evolve on its own over time but to,look for that perfect stance/stroke will be pointless and endless. Thanks for all the effort and knowledge you put into these videos

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  36. Cristian Munteanu
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Great video! As always, you have the best info delivery methods.

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  37. Michael Yanni
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Hi Dr. Dave. Over the last few years, I noticed that using boots as opposed to using standard shoes or sneakers significantly increased my stability while shooting pool. Boots are made to increase stability and reduce the amount of bend in your ankles. I was wondering, have you tried shooting pool in boots before? And, if so, did you find it to help your stability while shooting?

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  38. Zahid Qadri
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Thanks for the help. These videos are always great.

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  39. Hammer Thorsson
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Thanks again dr. Dave I believe you put this together very well and I can take a closer look at and examine my stance

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  40. Walter Herrera
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Awesome video as always. Thanks for what you do for the billiards community ! I have flexibility issues and was never be able to have a text book stance without feeling really uncomfortable. I have some hope now.

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  41. Cody Daves
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Not everyone is the same. If it works for you, then problem solved.

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  42. Mike Romano
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Can you make a video on the pros and cons of using a magic rack

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  43. Seiyul Yu
    May 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    Great video, very educational. You seem to have a gift for instruction, Are you like a teacher or professor or something? Hahahahaha

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