English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Billiard Monthly : October, 1911

The Billiard Monthly : October, 1911

A Few Cue Tips

  • Never take the immediate pocket merely because it looks
    easy. Where should the object ball be left? That is the
    question; or, if potting, “Where should the cue ball be
    left?”
  • In playing fine from well above the object ball into a
    middle pocket running side is useful as it both cuts the ball
    (in and out of baulk) and enlarges the pocket
  • Even good players are sometimes unnecessarily apprehensive
    of a kiss when running through into a corner pocket
    If both balls are against the cushion at only six inch intervals
    the object ball has time to clear away if the cue ball
    be retarded by slightly lower cueing, and when both balls
    are transverse across the table the substitution of running
    for check side often effects the required clearance.
  • With the two object balls close together and just out of
    baulk by the side cushion it is often better to play from
    hand back on to the baulk bottom cushion rather than
    direct out of baulk This seems obvious, but it is not
    always remembered
  • One of the most paying strokes in billiards, with the red
    on the spot, and the other balls near the top, is a thin cut
    across the table off the white into the top corner pocket
    instead of a fuller contact. The former nearly always leaves
    good position and the latter only when the other ball is on
    the player’s side
    The divergence caused by slow side increases with the
    length and slowness of the travel, and the aim must be
    varied accordingly. If the same allowance is made for
    half-length and full-length travel the result will be all wrong.
  • Great respect should always be paid to the nearer shoulder
    of a pocket in playing in-offs, especially when the pocket
    is a trifle blind. There is a certain margin for the ball
    that gets safely past this shoulder, but none for the ball
    that collides with it Consequently the striking angle
    should always be adjusted towards the open shoulder.
  • So much is said of the follow-through of the cue that
    there is danger of forgetting the equal necessity of drawing
    the cue well back, instead of giving a short dig. This is
    especially necessary in screw backs and the effect upon the
    rippling-like return of the cue ball is remarkable.
  • It is especially necessary to take the striking angle on to
    the more open shoulder of a pocket when the object ball
    is near to the pocket as the angle under these circumstances
    appears wider than it really is
    Although “top” usually makes a ball travel more, it has
    the opposite effect when the top-laden ball encounters a
    cushion broadside, and particularly so when an object ball
    has first been struck rather full. Under these conditions it
    will even stop dead on the cushion and is sometimes a useful
    stroke when potting the red in a top corner pocket and
    retaining the cross-loser position
    “Top” has three distinct uses. It facilitates “run-through”; it preserves the half-ball angle at near range;
    and in fine quick in-offs it helps the cue ball into a pocket
    just as topping a croquet ball helps it through a hoop.

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