English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Billiard Monthly : August, 1911

The Billiard Monthly : August, 1911

A Few Cue Tips

  • Straight cue delivery is assisted by getting well down to
    the stroke so that a good deal of cue is seen as well as the
  • In middle pocket play from baulk side should rarely be
    used. Accurate contacts and fairly high cueing are the
    prime essentials.
  • All practice should be on the “slow” side. Try what is
    the maximum effect to be gained by gentle strokes, combined
    with light cueing and proper contacts, instead of by
    “flogging” the balls.
  • The jump stroke is not often played in a game, but is
    occasionally useful and by no means difficult. Aim gently
    on the cloth an inch in front of the ball or lay the cue perfectly
    flat on the table.
  • Remember that billiards is the only game played with a
    ball in which the stroke cannot be spoiled if properly
    played. Everything is mathematically perfect and this consideration
    should beget confidence.
  • The more acutely a ball laden with side strikes a cushion
    the greater is the deflection. Consequently, when an object
    ball intervenes, the contact should be thick to ensure due
    advantage from the side. It is useless to use side when
    the cushion is reached very obliquely.
  • Regard every stroke finer than half-ball and every stroke
    fuller than half-ball as a driving stroke. When a cutting
    stroke would send the object ball into an unsuitable position
    play the same distance inside the edge with requisite
    strength and vice-versa. In nine cases out of ten this is
    the true specific.
  • When an object ball is struck half-ball both balls travel
    the same distance. When it is struck quarter-ball it
    travels half the distance of the other, and when it is struck
    three-quarter ball it travels twice the distance. With
    fuller, finer, and intermediate contacts the relative lengths
    of travel are proportionate.
  • A good knowledge of the number of cushions struck by
    an object ball in the upper half of the table when playing
    from baulk is to be obtained by placing the object ball
    about mid-way between centre and pyramid spot, when
    both balls will probably disappear into the top pockets.
  • Obviously, therefore, a placing of the object ball nearer to
    the centre spot would mean a three cushion contact and
    farther from it a two-cushion contact.
  • Here are three good practice strokes for gentle and light
    cueing with proper contacts and compensation: (1) Screw
    into baulk pocket from ball just above baulk corner spot,
    leaving object ball for middle pocket play; (2) Put object
    ball against top cushion a foot away from pocket, and play
    through it with top into farther top pocket leaving object
    ball for baulk play into same pocket; (3) With red on spot
    and cue ball tucked under top cushion a foot away from
    corner pocket, play with a gentle swerve stroke into farther
    top pocket, leaving object ball over middle pocket.

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