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Billiard Monthly June 1913

 

The Billiard Monthly : June, 1913
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A Journal of Interest and Value to Amateur Billiard Players
No. 32, June, 1913 Price 1/6 per annum to any part of the world. Single Copies 1d

THE BILLIARD MONTHLY PORTRAIT GALLERY

XXXII.—WILLIAM COOK

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WILLIAM COOK:
A great nursery cannon player and joint instructor at Soho Square.

A Few Cue Tips

  • “Little and often” is a good tip-chalking maxim.
  • If the cue is held too far back, the right arm is unable to
    swing freely and true strokes cannot be made.
  • A player should choose a cue for himself by trial, and
    when he discovers one to suit him let him buy it and always
    play with the same cue.
  • Avoid taking undue risks in order to leave an ideal position.
  • Ensure that something easy is left on. That is the
    golden rule.
  • Usually when a line or gentle stroke would leave the
    object ball in a bad position a full and free stroke will bring
    it to the middle of the table.
  • Make no “strokes of desperation” unless the game is
    becoming really critical. A judicious miss or a stroke that
    leaves the balls safe is much better.
  • Have an occasional spell of practice without using side at
    all, introducing two or three cushion cannons, gentle thin
    losers, pots to a distant pocket, and other plain ball expedients.
  • You will be surprised to find how much can be
    accomplished and often better accomplished without side.
  • The very best class of practice is the attempt to make a
    break or sequence of simple scores. The very worst practice
    is aimless play regardless of where the balls are left.
  • It is not difficult to take the second cannon ball on either
    side as desired from hand if the sight be first taken for the
    half-ball angle and the cue ball then slightly moved.
  • When making a losing hazard take care that another
    hazard or a cannon shall be easily on from hand. When
    making a winning hazard take care that another hazard or
    a cannon shall be easily on from where the cue ball comes
    to rest or from hand if it follows in.
  • To acquire confidence and facility with the left hand play
    an occasional hundred up by yourself in this way, taking
    the whites alternately during the breaks, or handicap yourself
    to play a very inferior right-handed player, using your
    left hand only for striking.
  • Perhaps the most useful hint that can be given in billiards
    is to play no stroke carelessly. To play freely and confidently
    is another thing. But the player who neglects the
    rests, or the chalk, or his body positioning, or firm pose, or
    dead straight sighting is courting, and deserves, failure.
  • A decent player who has an easy winner left to him in a
    top corner pocket with the cue ball nicely below the object
    ball has a certain nine score in front of him and middle pocket
    play opened up. To make the pot without leaving the
    top cross loser in such a case in open play is rank bad workmanship.