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By Jeanette Lee
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April: Find the Aiming Point
April 2010
Q. Do good shooters get to a point where they don't have to aim so much, but rather pay more attention on how to get shape on the next shot?
Bill Griffiths; Louisville, Ky.

A. I would say this would seem truer than it really is. It might take professionals less time to aim because it might be faster for us to find our aiming point. But setting up and establishing where you're going to send the cue ball is an essential part of the pre-shot routine for any player, professionals included. I would agree that the better we get, we definitely spend more time and brain power on playing position on the next shot. But that doesn't mean we skip aiming; we just take care of that step very quickly before moving on and focusing on other facets of the game, like seeing exactly where we want the cue ball to stop and then picturing the direction and speed of the cue ball on its way to that point. If you are having problems with your approach to specific shots, make sure you are following a standard procedure to prepare yourself to shoot. If you can develop a solid pre-shot routine, everything else will take care of itself.