What is “eye pattern,” and what are generally recommended “best practices” for eye pattern before and during the stroke?

“Eye pattern” refers to how you move your eyes before and during a shot.

Concerning generally recommended “best practices,” see stroke technique advice. In particular, see steps 1-4 in the stroke “best practices” document.

Regardless of which eye pattern you choose, it is important to have quiet eyes when aligning your cue with the desired line of aim, and during your final delivery. A good generally recommended eye pattern is:

  1. Look at OB while getting down into your stance, and look at the CB as the tip gets close.
  2. Look back and forth between the CB and OB with the cue still to verify tip position and aim alignment.
  3. Look at CB during any warm-up strokes.
  4. Do one more tip and aim check with the cue still.
  5. Look at the OB during the final stroke.

The following video demonstrates many good and bad habits relating to eye pattern:

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