English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Billiard Monthly : June, 1911

The Billiard Monthly : June, 1911

A Few Cue Tips

  • Don’t use force in screwing. Substitute rather fuller
    contact. You can screw into the middle pocket from the
    baulk centre spot off a ball on the centre spot of the table
    without bringing it back into baulk.
  • Try the effect of extremely light handling of the cue even
    to the extent of making merely a loop of the thumb and
    first finger and allowing the cue to lie loose there. You
    will be surprised at the life that this puts into the ball.
  • When the object ball is anywhere along an imaginary
    line starting 15 inches from a middle pocket and terminating
    in the centre of the table 24 inches above the baulk line
    a plain half-ball stroke with proper strength will bring it
    back to the same position.
  • When the object balls are a little apart in a line across
    the table near the top cushion, a screw cannon from baulk
    bringing the object ball in and out of baulk and back to the
    top cushion is a safer position shot than trying a fine slow
    cushion cannon off the top cushion.
  • The half-ball angle for losing hazards into a top pocket
    from either of the top and middle pockets is along a line
    drawn from the edge of the object ball to midway between
    the shoulders of the pocket as viewed from the spot, which
    is a very different thing from the centre of the pocket as
    viewed across the pyramid or centre spot.
  • Try how long you can play without (1) leaving an object
    ball in baulk, (2) losing the white in a pocket, and (3) the
    balls unintentionally kissing. You will find this good practice.
    Professionals sometimes make their 750 without
    either of these three things occurring, and it is because they
    scent danger from one of these sources that they are sometimes
    seen to hesitate.
  • Play every pot as if it were an in-off and every in-off as if it
    were a pot. In other words, never think first how to make
    the pot and the in-off, but where the ball played with and
    the ball left on the table are to come to rest. In five cases
    out of six the white can be directed towards the centre of
    the table, the cue ball left in a commanding position, or
    the red guided over a pocket as easily as not.
  • A position that the practised billiardist rejoices in and that
    the tyro somewhat shuns is the constantly recurring one
    when both object balls are about two feet apart in a parallel
    line half-way up the top side cushion and eight or nine
    inches away from it. The easy gathering stroke from baulk
    is a slow check side aimed half-ball, but taking the object
    ball three-quarter and gently drive the cannon ball also,
    after leaving the cushion with what is now running side.
    This is a basic shot, and billiards cannot be played without
  • Cannons are made with eight kinds of contacts, with and
    without cushion play in conjunction therewith, and each
    has its position uses. The eight ways are: (1) Fine on
    outside of both balls, (2) fine on inside of both balls, (3)
    fine on first ball and full on second ball, (4) full on first ball
    and fine on second ball, (5) full on both balls, (6) half-ball
    on both balls, (7) half-ball on first ball and fine on second
    ball, (8) fine on first ball and half-ball on second ball. The
    terms “fine” and “full” here mean finer and fuller than

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