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Do you want to impress your friends at a game of pool? Then you are right here! The hand position when laying the cue is of great importance for taking good shots in billiards. This hand position is called the "buck". And no, you haven't landed on a page with tips for gymnastics, but for billiards. The buck is crucial in billiards. It forms the basis for placing the cue and serves as a guide for the upper part of your cue (the front part). How does it look like? Do you want to see how to do that?

Joking aside, from time to time it happens in the team that absolute beginners or people who have difficulties playing (like me sometimes) form a very special buck hand, namely the "air buck". But really, this buck hand is formed completely freehand without leaning on the table. If I sometimes don't know where to support my hand, I form a floating buck above the table! The result, however, leaves something to be desired every time, haha! That happens even to the best;)

How many ways are there to shape a buck?

There are many ways to shape the hand into a buck hand. Each is used for certain types of billiards, depending on which push is to be made or where the balls are on the table. However, it is crucial that you feel comfortable as soon as it starts! We'll show you a few types of buck you should know if you want to become a pro!

If you get into the game of billiards (or otherwise), the goat is a good choice. With the gang bock, the player can lean on the frame of the table. To form this buck, all you have to do is hold the upper part (the front part of the cue) between your middle finger and thumb and place your index finger on it. Can you imagine that badly? Fortunately there are pictures of this! The gang buck is mostly used when the white ball is directly or very close to the gang, i.e. H. When you can't possibly put your hand on the table

In contrast to the gang buck, the open buck is used when the white ball further away from the gang. To form this goat, simply place your hand flat on the table and spread your fingers apart. Now you have to press your thumb against your index finger and pull it up a little to align the top of the cue in the direction of the white ball. This buck hand is most often used in blackball (English pool). This is the game with the yellow and red balls, which are a little smaller so that a closed goat could disturb. To complement this goat hand, you can rest your elbow on the table. This allows you to shift your weight onto the forearm instead of the trestle, so that it becomes the "trestle arm". The open trestle enables one higher precision when aiming, provided you have a good ophthalmologist!

This buck is very stablebecause the upper part of the cue rests on the middle finger and is surrounded by the thumb and forefinger. As mentioned above, certain buck forms are used for special types of play. It is the same with the closed trestle. He becomes predominant at American pool (striped and full-colored balls) and at Carom billiards applied. At the English pool and at snooker it is used less often because it enables powerful thrusts, which is not necessary in these two types of play. The closed buck becomes common used at the kickoff.This is the first push in the game that will spread the balls across the table. Due to the position of the hand when the buck is closed, the player has to raise his head a little even in a stooped position, as his view could be impaired by the index finger!

Maybe you've seen this before? If not, that doesn't matter, at a game of billiards, the players can also do a so-called Queue bridge This is an auxiliary cue. The cue bridge may be used by the players,around the top When the white ball is too far away, the cue bridge looks like a cue, but has a different tip on which the player can place his cue precisely and effectively.

And what about the stroke height and spin?

In billiards there is the so-called push height, which means the height at which you place your cue to hit the white ball, above the middle (follower) or below the middle (return). And what is a spin push? With spin one describes one special rotational movement, which becomes visible when the bumped ball hits another, like for example in the Massé joint and joints with side effects.

A follower can be achieved by using the white ball is hit above the centerBy this rotation it follows the course of the colored ball. To form the correct buck, you have to encircle the cue with your index finger and align your other fingers so that the cue is set higher than with a classic push.

In the case of a return, the white ball after hitting another ball, so the trestle has to be adjusted, with this technique you have to hit the white ball below the center. So all you have to do is lower your middle finger under your hand.

The buck for Massé impacts (with or without props)

With the Massé push you can give the ball a spin so that it runs back in the form of a slight arcPosture is very important when performing a massé shot and there are several techniques: You can support it on the table (if the position of the ball allows), by touching either your thigh on the edge of the table puts (if you are agile), or you can do the Massé push too without props perform (if you have a very steady hand), d. H. you hold the cue perpendicular to the table and your goat hand hovers in the air!

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