Pool Lesson | How To Play A Powerful Draw Shot

Pool Lesson | How To Play A Powerful Draw Shot

In todays lesson I am going to show you how
to play a powerfull draw shot When I started playing pool I always struggled
with draw shots. Sometimes I didn’t get anything out of the
cueball and just played a stop shot instead. And then there where times when I overdrew
the cueball by a mile. And I never really knew what exactly went
wrong on these shots. And that happens to a lot of beginners and
even experienced players. So in this lesson we are going to talk about
how to play a powerful draw shot. There are several things we gotta take care
of: Hitting the cueball on the right spot
Adjusting your bridge length and where you hold the cue
And there is also a thing called timing that is very important After we talked about those three points I
will also give you a few general things on the way. So lets start. Often people aim low on the cueball, but when
they are making their final stroke they hit way above their aiming point. As you see in this example where I was practicing
draw shots with one of my students, we figured out that he hit way above his aiming point. If you’re not sure whether you’re having the
same problem, you could either also do a slowmo video or you could use the Jimp Rempe training
cueball, because this ball shows you where you actually hit. So – the first step is to make sure that you
actually hit low enough. The second thing to get a little more out
of the cueball is to adjust your bridge length. You here see me going down on the shot with
my usual bridge length. I am able to follow through the cueball to
this point. But see what happens when I am resetting everything
and put my bridge hand closer to the cueball. I am now able to follow even more through
the cueball. And if I now also adjust where I hold my cue,
I can follow even more through the cueball. Look at my left hand, I am just going a little
more to the back of the cue, so that I can follow through to this point. So adjusting your bridge length by going closer
to the cueball and adjusting where you hold the cue, can help you to draw the cueball
more. And as you may noticed, I was dropping my
elbow when doing my strokes. You do not have to do this, and it’s not recommended
to do on shots. But you can do it on purpose and it can help
you to follow even more through the cueball. But all of this is useless if you don’t have
the right timing. So what do I mean by timing? When you shot, the cuestick accelerates from
zero speed to it’s highest speed and then begins to slow down and finally to stop. So a graph would probably look something like
this. Having the right timing means, that your cue
hit’s the cueball at that moment where your cue is moving the highest amount of speed. So being able to follow through the cueball
as much as possible, is not necessarily the key to powerful draw shots. It’s the timing. And let me clarify something about moving
your bridge hand closer to the cueball. For a perfect timing you maybe don’t want
to be too close to the cueball, so be careful with that. But you definetly don’t want to be too far
away, because that way you can’t follow through enough and lack in accuracy. In the end it always depends on your personal
type of stroke. So you have to try to find your personal sweet
spot, combined of bridging length, where you grip the cuestick and how you deliver your
cue. And as promised I have a few general tips
that will help improving your draw shots. Hold the cue very leveled to the table and
don’t shoot with a steep angle. Have a loose wrist and grip, because that’s
prevents you from choking and also can give you a little more of forward momentum. This grip here is very loose and maybe don’t
fits to everyone, but I think you get the idea behind it. Use the tip curvature of a dime. This is the perfect curvature because you
have the biggest contact area on the cueball, no matter if you’re adding left / right or
high / low. This will allow you to add more spin to the
cueball and it will also be less likely that you miscue. Using a closed bridge can also help, but I
just personally prefer an open bridge. And one the most important things. Slow down your backswing! All the cue action comes from the final forward
stroke, not how fast you move the cue backwards. So slow this down, or possibly make a pause
at the end, and then deliver the cue. Only doing this can do wonders. Well that’s it. Let me know in the comments if you are struggling
with drawshots or if you have been struggling and how you solved the problem. Thanks for watching guys. And as always: See you in the next lesson, take care!

59 thoughts on “Pool Lesson | How To Play A Powerful Draw Shot

  1. thanks sharivari..u dont mention why or what is the cause of not hitting the ball in what you want to hit..thats my problem when i draw sometimes it makes a stop ball no low on the cue ball even im lowering my cuetip to the cueball..helppp

  2. i keep my bridge hand thumb as low i can on table seem to work for me , have u seen Rotation Master Draw video those are nice Draw video

  3. Let’s look at this another way
    Often when I aim low I cause the ball to jump
    What are the stroke dynamics causing this ?

  4. Great video. Very true about aiming low and timing. I also tell beginners the cue ball never lies. Players would say, I was aiming low but the cue ball will move forward and I would say the cue ball never lies, you hit the cue ball not low enough.

  5. For years my problem with back spin has either been my grip not being loose enough, hitting just way to low on the cue ball, or not adjusting my bridge to be shorter. But after knowing all that, it did help but wasn’t enough to put the final piece of the puzzle together.

    The most important thing that helped me was visualization of how the cue ball travels to the object ball. Once I began picturing the cue ball rolling backwards towards the object ball it helped me with the timing, having a loose grip, hitting the cue ball on the right spot, bridge length, etc. I can now draw consistently 1 to 1 1/2 table lengths…sometimes 2 (but 2 is rare), and the speed control of my back spin has greatly improved.

    Now as a part of my pre-shot routine when using draw, if I do not visualize the CB rolling backwards the outcome is never good. I now can usually remember to picture what I need beforehand about 9 out of 10 times whereas before I was 1/10, then 3/10, then 6/10….lol…I just so tired of miscues, and not getting position that I had to really think about things and make some changes. It was a long journey on figuring out exactly what would work best for me, having no trainer. But I eventually discovered that I picturing what I want to happen before getting down was a must for me.

  6. does anyone knows how much affects the ball draw distance if the table has "felt" instead of speed cloth? I can only draw half table on my table with felt. Or maybe is just my poor technique?

  7. Sharivari, you must be psychic! A pool mate and I were just talking about our poor draw shots just 2 hours ago. Great video! As usual!

  8. Just a comment about practice balls… Here in Canada they tend to be pricey. And you really can't use them in regular play. A speckle ball can be used as a practice ball. Maybe not as nicely as a practice ball with all the grid lines, but just line up one of the freckles as center ball and you get an good idea how well you are striking the ball. Plus you can use the freckle in regular play and see how well you are spinning or not spinning the cue ball.

    I bought a practice ball two years ago and used it for the first couple of weeks, after that I have rarely used the practice ball.

  9. timing – when the cue ball impacts the object ball with the correct spin you wanted to transfer, to the object ball AND the cue ball.
    This is what your trying to master, "precision positioning and precision pocketing" in all billiard games……

    The velocity of your stroke, is part of the timing not "the" timing.
    With a long draw shot you want to remain on the cue ball as long as you possibly can, with cue speed ramping up all the way through he stroke. Speed and location your striking depends on the timing you need to get the position your wanting on the table.
    short draw shot you can use less speed and cue higher, far draw shots need more speed, lower cuing, and better precision timing. A good pool player can mix up timing and achieve the same location on the table. ( hit harder but higher up for short draw shots) ( hit softer but lower for far draw shots ) ect ect….. good video enjoy your channel !!!

  10. Another thing that I have noticed is if your grip hand is not loosey goosey you will get no or very little draw. Just my 2cents.

  11. I suck at draw shots. I try and try again. Maybe once out of 20-25 I can do it. And almost never during a game. Thanks for the tips I’ll try it today. Here’s another problem. I have no where to practice. I only go to the pool room and play games. Thanks for all the BEST. Videos. Not everyone can be great in pool or any skilled trade. There is a natural “talent” you need. But I still love the challenge and continue to play most everyday now that I am semi retired. I live in the Philippines now so the competition is way over the top.

  12. You not only make unique/original videos, but even when you make videos many others have done, you do it in a much better way… Great as always.

  13. I like the v-t graph so much! Glad to see the "follow-through" concept explained clearly from the principle of physics!

  14. A closed bridge generally allows you to shoot lower than an open bridge, especially when the cue ball is deep on the table and you aren't restricted by the rails. You can get the cue totally parallel to the table and that allows a much deeper follow through.
    It's not as easy to keep the cue very low with the open bridge.

  15. Does a longer follow through keep the cue at maximum speed over a longer distance giving you a bigger “sweet spot “ for good timing?

  16. A lot of players will either bring the tip upwards as they stroke through the bottom of the cue ball to get an incredible amount of backspin, or they will press the cue tip down so hard as they stroke through the bottom of the cue ball that their shaft bends a little bit. And they stroke through the cue ball as fast as they can. Watch these video to understand better what I mean. And as you watch watch where their tip goes as they stroke through.
    – Jeffrey Ignacio insane stroke
    – Charlie Williams Draw Shot Demonstration Billiard Backspin Stroke – Pool. bz
    – 10 Minutes of Supernatural Deep Screw!
    – MONSTER POWER DRAW- Venom Trickshots

  17. Here are few things I notice about Albin Ouschans stance and body positioning in this video.
    Look up – KBV Billardtipps mit Albin Ouschan

    He keeps his left arm slightly bent unless he's reaching across the table for a shot. He keeps his bridge hand flexed and very well balanced and when he jacks up on his bridge hand he forms a solid tripod with his fingers to keep his bridge hand very stable. He also keeps his left shoulder very low to the table and he also keeps his head and upper body low so his upper body and head are not teetering around and off balance. He also keeps both of his shoulders, his head, his rear elbow and grip hand and his bridge hand in a straight line with the shot. He also tucks the left side of his chin to his left shoulder so his head doesn't wobble around and that causes him to be more solid. He also lines up his rear foots instep up with the ghost ball and he keeps his front foot off to the left of that ghost ball line just far enough to where he's balanced and comfortable. And I like to push the shaft of the cue stick down onto my bridge hand on most shots.

  18. Here are the 10 ball rules that I originally came up with about 20 years ago.
    Call your pocket unless you're kicking. So on kick shots slop counts. And whoever makes the last object ball that happens to be on the table wins the game. So there's no way to win the game early. And no balls are ever spotted back up. The last object ball must be pocketed in the pocket that you're going for. If you accidentally make the last ball somewhere else then it's a loss of game. The only exception to that rule is if you make a shot and carom into the last object ball and make it, then you win. If you call a shot and miss it and accidentally make a ball in another pocket, then the opponent can take the shot or force you to shoot again. You can call 2 balls on one shot. And of course, obvious shots don't have to be called. And of course, ball in hand rules and 3 consecutive fouls is a loss of game.

    SVB would also like to see the rotation games be played to where whoever makes the last object ball wins the game. To see what I mean look up – TAR Podcast #48 Efren Reyes and Shane Van Boening

    And in that video go to 1:04:14

  19. There's a stroke that I call the squish shot and it is used to get a lot more left or right english then normal. To do it you just hit the cue ball on the right or left side and as you stroke through the cue ball you simultaneously press your tip downwards on the cue ball as if you're smearing the left or right side of the cueball down onto the felt and once you get used to doing it you will get way more inside or outside english then you ever figured you could.

  20. Good job,
    I think you should clarify to the new pool players out there though it’s important elevate the back of the Cue sticks specific draw shots. Let me try to explain.
    Many years ago as a new player everybody always used to tell me shoot with a level stick this is actually incorrect you shoot with the level stick when you’re shooting a specific shot when you change that shot then you change the angle of the stick. So your angle your stick is based on the shot selection that you’ve chosen if you shoot with always a level stick you’re limiting what you can do with the cue ball.
    Now as your timing gets better You will not need as much change in angle and you won’t need to hit the ball as low as you think you normally would. Or as high as you normally think you would need to.
    If you want to know how to have a powerful drawl stroke then you need to focus on the back hand this is the most important thing in my opinion if you follow the best draw stroke artist in the world it’s their back hand that finishes in a certain position.
    The one you’ll see the action the most on is CJ Wiley, look at Shane van boning, Larry novel which is the most powerful stroke in the world. DD.
    If you’re a young adult and are just Starting to learn how to play. do not pay attention to people that has been playing since they were five years old they develop timing through their technique through repetition this is unrepeatable unless you started when they started at their age , if you want to get good quick.
    Yes as you get older your grip will start to become looser and looser as your timing develops But it won’t be like a Busty or Dennis.
    And if you pay attention to even their grip on the follow-through they have a good close to hand grip. What I would call a finishing grip.
    Sorry this was so much writing but it’s important to me for you to hear me but also understand what I’m telling you.
    Pool can be a really great game when you feel confident in your shooting ability and shot selection.

  21. Hey Sharivari, awesome video, as always! I was looking to buy my first cue, any suggestions for an entry level, decent one? Something that won't break the bank, yet still have a decent shaft and cue tip?


  23. you are a fantastic teacher, i have no question after your lessons because you explain every detail so well.thank you;-)

  24. The video at the end is part of a lesson called "How To Get In Stroke Before Tournaments. Consider to watch this lesson too: https://youtu.be/6F0TOYlqJX8

  25. This is the major weak point of my cue sport game…and has been keeping me from progressing for years. Great video, will see if these tips help for me

  26. Even tho I can draw the ball fairly easily, but you still taught me a couple things to improve my draw shit even more… Thanks man! You're awesome!

  27. The tip curvature tip near the end of the video though is money. I never really thought about why proper tip curvature is necessary, but that graphic clearly explains why it matters.

  28. Posted this in an old draw shot video, so might as well post i here where there are more comments to see if someone can help.

    So, I have an 8ft pool table at my home. It is not a pro table obviously, and the felt is old, I brush it everyday but it's old for sure. The felt feels like wool . My draw is non existent in my home table, however at my job we have a 7ft new table the cloth looks and feels different, it seems less "heavy" and I do produce draws of the lenght of the table. The balls are the same set both in my home and in my job. Is felt really that important/crucial with the draw shots? I do not have this problem with follow shots or english/sidespin shots.

  29. I have struggled being consistent in my draw shots, especially long draw shots. Very good lesson. will definitely practice these tips. Thanks

  30. That backspin is a thing of beauty! Will cue weight effect the draw? I play with an 18 ounce que, i do get some draw but nothing like yours.

  31. On draw shots I tend to tighten up my grip, which then lifts the butt of the cue, dropping the tip and the ball flies off the table. Other than "don't do that" have any tips on how to correct that? -Thank you!

  32. Thanx for the video! Most important tip for me was the tip radius. I always thought that the highest radius will get me the most spin, so i used a very round tip.

  33. How does cue tip hardness affect draw or even spin shots? I have a cue shaft with kamui SOFT tip. It feels like I cannot do much of draw/follow. And I am not a professional player. Do you recommend getting medium or hard tip? Thanks in advanced.

  34. Good video, being a snooker coach I thought you explained very clearly and the graphics are a great tool also. good work mate

  35. The signature stroke/ grip of the fame of haller Django (Bustamante) at the end is just so recognizable :).
    As always great video Sharivari!

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