The common faults when applying backspin are:

  1. Cue elevated down on the cue ball (raising the butt of the cue)
  2. Not adjusting your bridge hand – lowering the height
  3. Striking the cue ball to low
  4. Pulling back on the shot
  5. Pace of the follow through with the cue
  6. Staged cue action not fluent

So as you can see above there’s a lot that can go through your head and these things you must master before developing an effective constant cue action.

Once you practice it you will become more confident and it will become second nature just like walking!

What you need to do before getting down on the shot is decide how much backspin is required and where you need to strike the cue ball and the strength required.

The main part of this shot like all others is to maintain a smooth consistent stroke and to get through the point of aim on a flat as possible level throughout the shot.

To screw back depending on the distance required you need to get the cue in one stroke past the cue ball between 2-6 inches depending on the amount of screw required.

A good practice with this is lining up the cue ball behind the blue spots in line with the middle pockets and using other object balls as markers.

Place a object ball 4 inch back from the blue a ball width beside the line of aim and the 8 inches and 12 inches.

This practice requires you to screw back various distances which will help develop your cue ball control and can also be used as a similar method with stun run through and topspin on the opposite side of the table.

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