English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Billiard Monthly : November, 1911

The Billiard Monthly : November, 1911

A Few Cue Tips

  • Half-an-inch from the centre of the ball is the best average
    point of contact for the cue tip in side, top, and screw
    strokes.
  • Always take the angle through the centre of the cue ball
    to the extreme circumference (i.e., one inch vertically from
    the table) of the object ball.
  • It is better to tap the cue tip with a file when it becomes
    shiny instead of sandpapering it. There is danger of wearing
    the tip away unevenly with sandpaper.
  • When the cannon ball is close to a pocket, spot to knock
    it against the shoulder or cushion. Sometimes a smartish
    stroke is useful as this accentuates the bump.
  • A bent cue may be straightened after being heated
    through in hot sand. This is the way in which walking
    sticks are straightened and the handles of them bent.
  • It is difficult in some lights to know whether the balls
    are touching or’ not. If they are really touching a small
    strip of paper should not fall by its own weight between
    them.
  • The mere weight of the cue lying in a loop formed by the
    thumb and forefinger and lightly swung is sufficient to send
    the ball two lengths of the table. Then why grasp it or
    force the stroke?
  • Be keen in your play but never anxious. Keenness often
    wins a game but anxiety never. Play easily and naturally.
  • If you are not feeling comfortable and enjoying the game
    there is something about you that needs control.
  • When playing into a pocket from hand the loss of the
    object ball in baulk may often be prevented and good position
    secured by spotting wider, the result of which will be
    fewer contacts with cushions by the object ball.
  • It you begin to feel tired during a game it is a sure sign
    that matters are not going well with you. Try stirring the
    balls up, safety play, or anything under such circumstances
    rather than allow yourself to become dispirited. To lose
    confidence is to lose the game.
  • The more amateurs deliberately forsake the top of the
    table position the more points will they make there. When
    two strokes offer, one returning to the open game and the
    other not yielding a certainty of continuance at the spot,
    the former should unhesitatingly be taken.
  • When raising the cue and intending to strike half-ball,
    aim fuller with running side and finer with check side. This
    stroke is sometimes compulsory, as with the cue ball against
    a cushion, and sometimes expedient as when substituting
    extreme slow screw for force and so controlling the object
    ball better.
  • To decide whether you should look at the cue or object
    ball last place the red ball on the billiard spot and the cue
    ball on the centre baulk spot and aim to cut the red ball
    into the top corner pocket. If you are much more successful
    with one method than with the other, the argument in
    its favour will be considerable.

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