This video shows that having a smooth, steady pool stroke is one of the most basic but important elements of your pool game. After the cue tip contacts the cue ball, the shooter should continue to follow through with the cue stick in a nice smooth motion.
Avoid choppy, erratic motions when shooting as this will adversly affect the shot and most likely cause a miss. Pay close attention to exactly where the cue tip contacts the cue ball. Hitting the cue too high or low may cause unwanted follow or draw, while hitting it off to either side may induce unwanted english.