What is a draw shot in Pool

The Draw Shot (means causing the Cue ball spin back after contact with an object ball) is a very impressive shot in the game of pool and is great fun to do when mastered. It also is key part of every good pool player's game. And why you really need the right cue for the job.


How many of you would agree that your cue tip plays an important role in the game? These cue tips are basically found glued on the cue and handle the direct contact of the cue balls. They also need much maintenance and care. If you can observe, they are chalked before and during the play to prevent the cue slipping and make a strong shot. These are mostly made of leather and smoothened with an abrasive to give a high-quality tip.

On the other hand, many have been wondering how to make an exact cue tip to use to make the best draw shot.

Unfortunately, there’s no exact answer to that question. The only assurance we could give aside from maintaining the quality of your tip, is the technique and practice which takes a lot of your time, patience, and perseverance.

Now, let’s go a little deeper. Here are some ideas to achieve that best draw shot to your game.



Soft tips are said to allow more draw and control over the ball. They are typically easier to scuff and have better chalk retention. Also, this gives the cue stick a softer feel of impact and a longer contact time of about two thousand of seconds at a slow speed. It is thought softer tips are more likely to flatten in a short time and therefore needs frequent maintenance.


Opposite of the soft tips when it comes to maintenance are the hard tips. Hard tips retain their shapes longer after hitting several cue balls. With that, they have more accurate hits giving you confidence in your game. However, these tips get lower energy in impact because of its leather, resulting miscues more often.


Adjusting the length of your bridge and the hand position is important to draw shots. How? A closed bridge is more effective than the open bridge during this shot. Lay your hand on the table with fingers facing your cue ball and wrap your index finger around the cue as tight as possible and let the cue slide into that little “V” section created by your thumb. With that, it will allow your cue stick to be straight and keeps a firm grip on the cue.

Make sure to adjust to the cue ball and hold the cue stick not too close and not too far. Just long enough to gain more power in hitting the draw.


When shooting a draw shot, do not yank the cue backwards. Assume that the cue ball is not going to hit your cue when it comes back. So, level your cue to the ball below center.


Hit the cue ball far below the center while maintaining a relatively leveled cue so that you minimize a miscue. The only time you should elevate your cue when shooting a draw is when you have to reach another ball. Also, having another good straight stroke is important too. To achieve this, you have to make sure your elbow is moving your cue back and forth and nothing else. Maintaining a loose grip can also help. Make your grip straight and not movong the cue towards your body.


A proper curvature that is equal to a dime is just like what the professional players use. The curve is important since it will allow more of the tip to make contact to the ball and make more spin and less likely to miscue on making a shot. Make sure to chalk up before each shot.


This requires a lot more practice for you to make your own luck!

Obviously, you cannot have a draw if the cue ball won’t come spinning back through a backspin. If the cue ball is too far, you’ll need a backspin for this because as the cue ball moves across the table, the spin blows away due to friction.

On this shot, the cue sticks will accelerate from zero speed to the highest speed and slow down. With accuracy, it will improve your chances of making the object ball when you come straight through onto the cue ball.

Draw speed may tempt you to give extra strength and power to your cues. However, doing constant drills with the different stroke can help you with this. Nobody wants to do drills, but let’s accept the fact that this is worth everyone’s time. You might figure out different stroke positions that can help you with the winning shot.

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