The pre-shot routine is a much talked and written about phenomenon in the game of golf, and as important as it is in golf, it is in playing pool.
An effective pre-shot routine leads to consistency in your game and successful results over and over again. There are plenty of items on your physical checklist to take care of in a short amount of time and if you’ll need a solid mental pre-shot routine as well, to keep you focused on the task at hand which is getting both the object ball and cue ball to go and land where you want.
Clear thinking presides over all of it. Know with clarity what you are working to accomplish on every shot. That being said, build in clear thinking to your routine. This could be classified as (pre)-pre-shot routine. Thinking over your strategy, even if it’s just a visual glance of the table to see the pattern so that you know with confidence what your first shot will be, is critical to winning pool matches consistently, and against tough opponents. To keep them in the chair, get clear on your game strategy.
Once you’ve decided on a shot, know get clear on that