Snooker is one of a number of popular cue sports that many people enjoy playing. In order to be successful at this game there are a number of skills that you need to master such as your stance and your aim. Another thing that you need to practice and master is holding your snooker cue correctly when playing snooker.
Many people, when they first start out with this game, head to the table brandishing their cues without any clue about how to hold the cue properly. However, it is important to remember that the way in which you hold your cue will have a profound impact on how successfully you play the game in terms of your aim and your shot.
The way in which you hold your cue will affect both the aim and the power behind the shot that you take. Of course, when you first start playing the chances are that you will be holding the cue incorrectly and you will need to get some practise in to get the hand of the correct positioning of your hands on the cue. However, once you master holding your cue properly you will be able to tell the difference right away in terms of the power and control behind the shots that you take.
It is worth remembering that if you hold your cue towards the lower end you will have more power but will probably have a lousy aim. On the other hand, if you hold the cue too high up your aim will be better but your will have far less power behind the shot. It is therefore advisable to go about one third of the way up the cue in order to try and maximise on both power and aim, as both are necessary for a successful shot.
Your index finger and middle finger should be placed at the bottom of the cue, and the cue should be able to rest comfortably between these two fingers. You should ensure that you are not gripping the cue forcefully as this will hinder your shot. Instead, try and aim for a more relaxed hold on the cue, which will help to ensure that you are able to take a smooth, controlled shot.
As with many of the other skills required when playing snooker you will find that learning how to hold your snooker cue in a way that is both comfortable for you and will help to improve your aim and shots will require some practise. However, once you have mastered this you will be able to enjoy far greater success with your game.