English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Billiard Monthly : July, 1911

The Billiard Monthly : July, 1911

A Few Cue Tips

  • When lifting the cue butt aim full with running side and
    fine with check side for the half-ball contacts.
  • A mis-cue may result from too heavy chalking—in other
    words from a clogged and dirty tip. “Chalk lightly and
    often” is the best system.
  • There is one cue “tip” that ought to be printed every
    month, although it has more to do with the butt than the
    tip. It is: “Swing the cue.”
  • If the three balls are in line slightly caterwise to a
    cushion a kiss cannon is as easy as though they were at
    right angles with the cushion. The only difference is that
    the contact must be less full.
  • When the red is over a middle pocket don’t pot it until
    you have noticed where the white is. It may be easy to
    play the white towards the billiard spot and the potting
    shot should then leave the red on the spot with the cue ball
    a little below.
  • In spotting for jennies ignore the side cushion and take
    the angle as though for a half-ball cannon on to a ball at
    the mouth of the desired pocket. Aim finer than the edge
    to allow for the carry-in of the ball and play with plenty
    of side and very slowly.
  • As a rule the mental query: “Full or fine?” is to be
    answered “Full,” because fullish strokes send the balls
    along together instead of separating them. But fine strokes
    —and especially gentle fine strokes—are often extremely
    valuable when position is disturbed as little as possible in
    this way.
  • The reason why a run-through with side into a corner
    pocket, when the object ball is against the cushion, and the
    cue ball a little away from it, is successful, although the
    aim is taken dead centre, is that, although the cue ball
    encounters the cushion before reaching the pocket, it cannot
    get away from it so long as the spin continues to act.
  • There is only one way of making breaks regularly and
    that is never to play off a ball without having forecasted,
    approximately, where the strength and contact that are
    being applied will leave it and never to pot a ball without
    having forecasted approximately where the strength and
    contact that are being applied will leave the cue ball. This
    can easily be cultivated into a habit.
  • There is no difficulty about potting if the right contact
    is made, and the right contact is at the commencement of
    a line bisecting the object ball and running to the centre of
    the pocket. Keep the eye on this point, without looking at
    the pocket, and aim twice as far from the centre of the
    ball, viewed from where you are getting down to the stroke,
    as the point of actual contact should be.
  • The one thing in successful billiards that is infinitely
    more important than anything else is cue swing, and the
    invariable rule is (1) that the cue shall be merely balanced
    within the thumb and finger or fingers, without being actually
    held there; (2) that it point along, or parallel with, the
    intended line of travel of the cue ball; and (3) that it be
    brought back and sent through the ball an equal distance
    and without prod or jerk. Try sending the ball up and
    down the table in this way and then try some near run-throughs.

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