English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Billiard Monthly : March, 1912

The Billiard Monthly : March, 1912

A Few Cue Tips

  • When side is used the cue contact is nearer the centre
    of the ball than the line of aim. Thus when, with a half inch
    tip, the ball is addressed a quarter of an inch from the
    edge it is actually struck half an inch from such edge.
  • When the butt of the cue is raised either purposely or
    by necessity and when running side is at the same time
    employed, the aim of the object ball should be full and when
    check side is employed the aim should be fine, as anything
    approaching a pique stroke imparts a considerable curve to
    the cue ball.
  • The cue tips that” stick like a postage stamp “are excellent
    and quite practical. Every billiard player should
    use these tips and have the small file in clamp to make the
    end of the cue flat and allow the tip to set. When one of
    these tips comes off in play, however, it can often be put on
    again, and the game resumed, by simply moistening and
    pressing with the finger.
  • In playing the frequently-recurring short-legged in-off,
    especially into a middle pocket, the contact should usually
    be fine screw rather than fullish forcer. Try both ways and
  • Two of the most valuable (but little known or practised)
    rules in position play are: When gentle fine stroke would
    ruin position play stronger and fuller, and when gentle full
    stroke would carry the object ball too far play stronger.
  • In losing hazard play with the object ball well up the table
    and a half-ball stroke on into either top pocket, the play
    should always be into the pocket nearer to the ball as this
    brings the object ball more towards the middle of the table.
  • When you cannot get the angle for the full run of the
    cue ball after contact in the eye take it to a distance of a
    foot only along the line that it should travel. The strength
    to be applied to screws is also best judged in this way.
  • To practise strengths place cue ball on middle baulk spot
    and play with sufficient strength to bring the ball back from
    the top cushion nearly as far as the pyramid spot. Call this
    No. 1 strength. Then gradually increase the strength so
    that No. 2 brings the ball to the baulk line, No. 3 to the
    pyramid spot again, and No. 4 to the baulk line again.
    Practise each of these strengths until you can do either at
    will and use no other strengths in your practice or games.
  • Good education in strength as related to difference in contact
    may be obtained from baulk with the red on the centre
    of the table. Place cue ball on a baulk end spot and play
    a gentle half-ball. The red will reach the top cushion, and
    the white return from the top to the side cushion high up.
  • Next play a finer ball and the red will only travel half-way
    from the side cushion to the top, whilst the white will come
    lower down the opposite cushion. Finally play still
    fine and the red will lie under the side cushion and the
    white will come down to the middle pocket.
  • Almost as bad a thing in cue delivery as gripping the cue
    or neglecting to swing it on the stroke is imparting either
    an upward or sideways curve in completing. If there is a
    curve at all let it be downward on to the cloth in the direct
    line of aim. In forcers played with top or in close follow-throughs
    the cue tip may go up a little, but these cases are exceptional.

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