Before we address different types of stances, it’s important to understand your “lead leg.” If you’re right-handed, the lead leg is your right. If you’re left handed, it’s your left. The lead leg is the best aiming tool you have.
By using the lead leg when lining up the shot and coming in on it, you can deliver the cue as parallel to this line, thus bringing the cue through straight along the aiming line.
Stand straight, with your feet together facing 12 o’clock. Now, let your arms hang next to your side, touching your thighs with the palms of your hand. Turn the foot of your lead leg to face 1 o’clock. You’ll see that the fingers of your cueing arm are now pointing to the inside of your heel.
This is the part of the foot we now plant on the aiming line for every shot. By doing this you can now deliver the cue parallel to this line. This will help your accuracy. After standing back and sighting the ball, you now come in on the line of the shot and plant your lead leg on this line. Again, you can now deliver the cue parallel to this line.
Examples of different stances:
Solid Stance – The ideal stance should be shoulder width apart giving you a good center of balance, and more square to the shot. By standing this way you’ll be aligned properly for the shot and have a strong foundation. The lead leg will be straight and vertical, and pointing between 1 and 2 o’clock.
Unbalanced Stance – A stance where the feet are too close together is unbalanced and narrow. It’s very unstable and will cause movement on the shot and create a weak foundation.
Lead Leg Too Far Forward – If this occurs, you’ll be right on top of the cue ball and falling backwards on the shot. If the lead leg is too far forward, you’ll be coming out of the shot at times to try and counteract being off center.
Lead Leg Too Far Back – If this occurs you’ll have the opposite effect of the lead leg too far forward. This will cause you to stretch for the shot with all your weight forward and unbalanced.