English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Billiard Monthly : April, 1912

The Billiard Monthly : April, 1912

A Few Cue Tips

  • Always use the same weight and balance of cue, width of
    cue tip, and make of ball. It is impossible to chop and
    change about in these particulars without injury to your
  • Never let the cue go until you have made sure of your
    aim and know exactly what you are trying to do.
  • Put the red ball on a chalk mark 24 inches above the
    centre baulk spot in the centre line of the table and play
    alternately into each middle pocket from a baulk corner
    spot. Practice nothing else until you can bring the red
    back to the chalk mark several times in succession.
  • It is unsafe to play half-ball on to the white when it is a
    few inches above the centre of the table and near the centre
    line. To avoid losing the white in this position play a
    quarter of an inch thicker than half-ball with proportionately
    finer spotting.
  • Always play what seems under strength in screwing,
    what seems too full in run throughs, and what seems too
    fine in fine contacts, and when playing fast and fine on to
    a ball quite near a pocket, play finer still to compensate
    for the extra force.
  • Try to avoid letting the cue tip stand dead still just before
    the stroke. There should be some movement even
    though it amounts to little more than a tremor.
  • When playing slowly with side up the table, or diagonally
    towards the top, the aim for running side must be
    fuller than with central striking and for check side finer,
    or the stroke will be missed.
  • It is almost impossible to locate a point of aim on the
    object ball for an almost straight run-through. The best
    thing to do is to notice that the cue is pointed almost, but
    not perfectly, straight, and this will usually bring off the
  • The safest way to make the jump, or steeplechase,
    stroke is to lay the cue flat on the table, but if the rail of
    the table interferes the aim should be on to the cloth one
    inch behind the cue ball.*
  • The way in which professionals and good amateurs get
    so much side upon a very gently-struck ball is by hitting
    it as near its horizontal circumference as possible with a
    nice swing back to the cue and a little accentuation of the
    final forward swing. A mere poke is of no use whatever.
  • If there were no such thing as side, screw, or top in billiards
    very good breaks could still be made by the judicious
    use of varying contacts and strengths. Indeed, if a
    learner were forbidden to strike otherwise than centrally
    during the first three months he would not have subsequent
    cause to regret it.
  • The nearer and gentler the stroke the shorter should both
    the bridge and the cue swing be.
  • In aiming fuller or finer than half-ball the feet must be
    adjusted as well as the body. The same position of the
    feet cannot be right in all three cases.

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