English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Billiard Monthly : April, 1912

The Billiard Monthly : April, 1912

A Course of Lessons in Billiard Playing.—I

Make bridge by raising knuckles whilst keeping tips of
fingers and root of thumb on the table and bringing the
ball of the thumb against the forefinger between its knuckle
and middle joint. This is more graceful and natural than
raising the thumb higher.

Place the bridge hand thus formed near the back of the
D, the cue ball on the centre spot of the D, and the tip of
the cue against the cue ball, with the cue itself resting on
the rail of the table.

Get the proper length of cue hold by lowering the body
and lifting the elbow until the upper part of the arm is horizontal
and the forearm vertical. This shows where the cue
should be held.

Turn the right foot a little outwards with the ball of the
foot in a line with the centre spots of the table, the left
foot pointing towards the cue ball, and the two feet about
fifteen inches apart.

Lean the body over the cue and turn the face to the left
until you find that you are looking up the centre of the
table with the full face.

Mold the cue lightly between the thumb and forefinger
and take dead aim for the centre spot of the table with the
cue working on the bottom cushion over the spot in the

Bring the cue tip back almost to the bridge and swing
it near to the ball, allowing it to “quiver” there a little,
to acquire sensitiveness. Then bring it nicely back and send
it against the dead centre of the cue ball and the same distance
beyond that it has been drawn back with just sufficient
strength to bring the cue ball back to the spot from
which it started after striking both top and bottom cushion.

Attempt nothing else on the billiard table until you are
able to preserve the central line of travel, and bring it at
will (1) to the centre baulk spot after striking top and bottom
cushions, (2) to the pyramid spot after striking top
cushion twice, and (3) to the centre baulk spot after striking
both top and bottom cushions twice. Until you can do
this you have no notion of aim, cue delivery, or strength,
and pocket or cannon play would be only a delusive snare.

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