English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Billiard Monthly : June, 1911

The Billiard Monthly : June, 1911

Essential and Paying Strokes

In Which no Side is Required

1.—Cue ball struck midway between centre and top and
aim taken at edge of object ball when balls are near
together. Result: Natural angle instead of finer stroke
otherwise necessitated.

2.—Cue ball struck centrally and aim taken at edge of
object ball when balls are near together. Result: Slight
stun deflection beyond the natural angle.

3.—Cue ball struck centrally and aim taken rather fuller
than half-ball when balls are near together, with
rather heavier handling. Result: Increased stun deflection.

4.—Cue ball struck slightly below centre and aim taken
almost full, when balls are near together, with same handling
as No. 3. Result: Object ball driven almost straight
and cue ball deflected slightly (a spot and top-of-table
stroke).

5.—Cue ball struck midway between centre and bottom and
aimed at edge of object ball when balls are near together.
Result: Right-angled screw.

6.—Same stroke aimed half-an-inch fine. Result: Fine

7.—Same stroke aimed half-an-inch fine. Result: Screw
taking direction midway between right angle and half-ball.

8.—Same stroke aimed half-an-inch thick. Result:
half screw-back taking direction midway between right
angle and straight draw-back.

9.—Same stroke aimed dead full. Result: Straight
draw-back.

Note: Force is only needed in screw strokes when the
balls are far apart or the cue ball has cushions to encounter
and a desired position to reach after contact. A
prime secret in successful billiard play is to make all strokes
as gently as possible and work up to greater force only
where absolutely needed, instead of vice-versa. In screws
the great secret is drawing lightly-held cue well back and
sending it right through the ball.


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