- Sep 17, 2008
Pat, there is absolutely NO reason to, 'swoop or swerve' on close, (1/8"-1/4") 'Force-Follow or Force Draw!' Which I demonstrate in the this video from 1983! Taken at 20th Century Billiards & Bowl on a Anniversary Carom table/cloth 6 months old/no heated slate/no silicon!This "swooping/swiping" technique has been discussed a lot - the general conclusion is that it doesn't add anything to the spin you can get with a straight stroke (and of course it reduces stroke accuracy).
Here's a quote from Dr. Dave's "resource page" on swoop/swipe stroking:
Sometimes what looks like a swoop/swipe stroke is actually a "fouette" stroke, which is a technique for avoiding a double hit foul when using extreme English in very close CB/OB quarters - I think Hoppe's stroke in your video may be an example of that.
Take note of these types of shot at: 0:22/0:28/1:14/2:07/2:20. In ALL of the tight close follows and draws not once do "I" swoop or swerve the stroke! Straight-thru on one plane thru the CB!