A Review For CueSight's Laser Cue With Precision Training Ball

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CueSight's Laser Cue Ready To Fire!
CueSight's Laser Cue Ready To Fire!. Photo (c) Matt Sherman, licensed to About.com, Inc.

The CueSight Professional Laser-Sighted Billiard Cue has quickly become one of my favorite tools for sharpening your stroke, a masterpiece of pool design, with a crosshair laser sight to reveal imperfections in your stroke you cannot see with the naked eye.

I know so because I also know that when tested under scientific rigor, even pool pros have deviations in their "straight cue ball center strokes".

These are small movements indeed. The only pro with truly negligible deviation of movement is Allen Hopkins (who uses a famously abbreviated backstroke then jabs forward at the cue ball).

So how can the pros be so accurate in pocketing balls despite their swerving movements? Because they come almost straight through their aim line, giving the cue ball a minute flick of spin while compensating for the spin subconsciously.

Here's One Reason You Miss

In contrast, the amateur player may not only aim at center ball and hit center ball but come into center ball on an angle. You can imagine that if you wobble, say, a bit right to left with your stroke, that you are getting unwanted english on most shots, possibly even missing some kinds of shots more than others. You are hitting not center ball through to the target but on a diagonal to your left side.

That's right, you can see a chalk mark right on center ball meaning you hit there, sure, but still have missed your shot.

(Plus, you are getting an extra dash of english since one side of the cue's tip is impacting the ball.) But the laser on the CueSight Laser Cue will show you the truth... because lasers cannot lie.

It's A Laser!

CueSight's Precision Training Ball and Laser Cue are meant to help. The simplest way to employ the laser is to turn it on and practice stroking at the cue ball (the clever design includes two interchangeable cue ferrules, one for regular play and one for laser sighting, so the player can be comfortable that their practice and play sticks are one and the same).

Aim wherever you like on the cue ball. Watch carefully, as the laser crosshair will move off center ball as you stroke "back and forth". And if it does not move, even a little, you are not reading this article now because you are busy winning the U.S. Open.

With the Laser Cue you can mess around with any stroke theory you like while subjecting it to testing. That's right, that crazy new wrist or arm position you want to try? Try it... because lasers don't lie. Do you believe you would be a better player if you loosened your grip down to my level or tightened it more strongly? Try either or both... because lasers don't lie. Want to try dropping your elbow through the forward stroke or anything else you think isn't "kosher"? Go for it with the CueSight Laser Cue.

In my own case, I told myself I would be dead straight the first time and I was aimed beautifully at my target spot on the cue ball, at least until my backstroke got too long. I corrected it right away and by making little adjustments, had a very good session at the tables the other night (translation, people stopped what they were doing to watch me play).

VC Your Way To Victory

I've spoken in the past about the vision center for pool and I teach this concept to all students.

I'm grateful for the work of Dr. David G. Alciatore and others who've emphasized the necessity of placing your vision center directly over the cue ball. The vision center is simply the spot where your face and eyes need to be so that straight shots look straight and cut shots "show" the correct degree of cut.

My spot, like that of many right-handers, is almost exactly between the inside corner of my right eye and my nose. You can imagine if your vision center is offline that you would have trouble making even "straight-in shots" because they aren't straight in but you cannot see that they are cuts.

You guessed it, I've played around using the CueSight Laser Cue and it is astounding how much better my laser crosshair stayed on its target while my vision center hovered over center cue ball rather than imitating a student who varies their position or foolishly goes chin over stick if their VC is elsewhere.

Next: Read my tips and tricks for using the Laser Cue and Precision Training Ball.

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Sherman, Matthew. "A Review For CueSight's Laser Cue With Precision Training Ball." ThoughtCo, Feb. 12, 2017, thoughtco.com/a-review-for-cuesights-laser-cue-368265. Sherman, Matthew. (2017, February 12). A Review For CueSight's Laser Cue With Precision Training Ball. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/a-review-for-cuesights-laser-cue-368265 Sherman, Matthew. "A Review For CueSight's Laser Cue With Precision Training Ball." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/a-review-for-cuesights-laser-cue-368265 (accessed November 22, 2017).