English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Billiard Monthly : April, 1911

The Billiard Monthly : April, 1911

A Few Cue Tips

  • Decide angle, point of aim, and strength before settling
    to the stroke.
  • Make run-throughs fuller than they look and fine shots
    finer than they look.
  • Play very fine shots fast when the object ball is almost
    touching a cushion. The kiss can frequently be” dodged ”
    in this way.
  • Good forcing stroke practice may be got from the baulk
    line with the red on the pyramid spot. Swing the cue freely
    and easily. Don’t flog or “press.”
  • Don’t try for too exact position when the immediate
    stroke is at all difficult. Leave a shot of some kind on,
    if possible, and trust to your treatment of stroke No. 2 to
    regain more ideal position.
  • A good position hint, taken generally, is to play the red
    over a pocket and the white somewhere towards the middle
    of the table, but make sure of the score in the former case,
    otherwise the red is left for your opponent.
  • In playing all round the table to strike a ball or balls in
    baulk plain or running side strokes amount to much the
    same thing, but when a ball is played off first, instead of a
    side cushion, the fine running side stroke is the equivalent
    of the half ball plain stroke, the subsequent cushion divergences
    making up for the finer angle.
  • Practise in-off from centre-spot to the top pockets morning,
    noon, and night. Keep the butt end of the cue well
    down, drive clean through with a light hold, and do not
    regard the stroke as made until the object ball can be
    brought at will either back to the centre spot or in position
    for middle pocket play. To get middle table position spot
    and aim slightly finer and increase strength proportionately.
  • Place a ball up the table in the line of one of the baulk
    end spots a long cue’s distance (4ft. joins.) from the top
    cushion. This is a slow running side half-ball shot (aimed
    full) for the top pocket farthest from the spot and leaves
    the ball in good position for another in-off into the same
    pocket. The plain half-ball shot is” three ball diameters
    lower and also leaves good position, if played with easy
    strength.
  • The two most treacherous half-ball positions are long
    range in-offs from the centre spot in baulk and the long
    in-off from hand when the object ball is a little above the
    centre spot on the table. The first, at medium pace, leaves
    the object ball in baulk and should, therefore, be played
    with plenty of drag or freely. The second loses the object
    ball and the spotting for this should be a little finer than
    half-ball with a proportionately fuller (preferable) or finer
    contact.
  • The advice is sometimes given to refer all angles to the natural angle. A better plan still is to know the other
    three angles—the three-eighths ball, the quarter-ball, and
    the eighth ball—at sight, and go for them, whether a cushion
    intervenes, or not, without hesitation, always remembering
    that the counterpart run-throughs are the seven-eighths,
    the three-quarter, and the five-eighths, the cue ball taking
    the same direction in each pair, if freely revolving and centrally struck.

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