English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Billiard Monthly : February, 1912

The Billiard Monthly : February, 1912

A Few Cue Tips

  • It is possible to avoid the push stroke in a follow-through
    with the two balls very near together, but the cue ball must
    be struck high and the cue curved upwards the instant that
    the cue contact takes place. This stroke should be freely
    practised as nothing is more annoying to a decent player
    than to make an unintentional push.
  • The two things that should be practised most persistently
    at the outset are the cue swing and the light holding of the
    cue. These are of even more importance than the practising
    of specific shots After a while the two actions, become
    crystallized into a habit and an excellent start has thus been
    effected.
  • In judging cushion cannons the eye should glance past
    the edge of the first object ball to a point on the cushion
    which makes an equal angle from that point with the part
    of the second object ball that it is desired to reach. If it is
    seen that the cannon can be made without side it is better
    not to use side, and the only point then left to consider is
    whether the contact with the object ball shall be fine or full,
    according to the course that it is intended that the object
    ball should take.
  • When losing hazards are on, a cannon should, as a rule,
    only be played when it is desired to gather the three balls at
    a specific point. This is especially the case when it is seen
    that the second ball will also provide a good losing hazard
    position when the first ball has been played off sufficiently.
  • Although the striker’s face should be broadside with the
    cue in striking, the body itself should not be so placed, but
    should take a distinct turn towards the right in order to
    ensure free play of the cue arm.
  • A little practice with a single ball against a cushion will
    be found to be instructive, and surprise may be experienced
    that such infinitesimal strength is needed to send the ball
    two or three feet. This may be remembered with advantage
    to the player when it is desired to disturb an object
    ball very little after playing it against a cushion and making
    an in-off.
  • Top should not be put on the cue ball when a follow-through
    can be obtained without. Follow really means
    good rotation of the cue ball and often this is to be obtained,
    even at near range, by light cueing and natural striking
    A great argument in favour of central striking of the cue
    ball is that strength can be better controlled in this way.
  • Billiards consists almost as much of the art of leaving
    things alone as of doing things If a learner, after noting
    a mistake never made the same mistake again, he would
    achieve rapid advancement. “Side” is one of the things
    that should be left alone as much as possible.
  • When playing losing hazards (screw or otherwise) at anything
    approaching speed into an open pocket side is useless.
  • When a player becomes conscious of a fault a good plan
    is to exaggerate in an opposite direction. Thus, if he finds
    that he is playing too fine in a follow-through he should play
    more thickly than he thinks is necessary, and if he thinks
    that he is playing the half-ball stroke too narrow he should
    play it seemingly too widely. He will presently settle down
    to the right contact.

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