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EABA : The Billiard Monthly : September, 1911

The Billiard Monthly : September, 1911

A Few Cue Tips

  • Jennies should almost always be played with only sufficient
    strength to bring the object ball to the middle of the table
    after one cushion contact.
  • Always make fine strokes finer than they look, and thick
    strokes thicker. Whenever it is possible to miss the object
    ball and still make the pocket or cannon the finest stroke
    is on.
  • When cue and object ball are near together a central
    stroke of the cue has the effect of slight screw at a greater
    distance, whilst top imparted to the cue ball preserves the
    usual angle.
  • In making a short and easy pot into a top corner pocket
    either leave the cue ball beside the upper shoulder or transversely
    below the billiard spot. It is easily done with proper
    strength and just a touch of side.
  • Never undertake a stroke that you cannot get well behind.
  • Your line of sight must be along or parallel with your cue.
  • Use the rest whenever the foregoing essential condition can
    not be compassed without it.
  • Potting with side is as easy as without side if tackled
    with confidence and with the cue parallel with the line along
    which the cue ball should run. The books say that it is
    more difficult, but they are wrong.
  • Avoid all rigidity in playing billiards. If you don’t feel
    comfortable everywhere there is something wrong. There
    should be a feeling of freedom almost amounting to looseness,
    and a firm stance and bridge are quite consistent
    with this feeling.
  • When the cue ball is a little below the top shoulder for
    the cross-in-off with the red on the spot, play a trifle fuller
    rather than finer as this brings the red more into the middle
    of the table below the middle pocket. The stroke is simpler
    and surer without check side.
  • In potting it is not necessary to look at the pocket. Professionals
    never do this. They get the angle by a glance
    at the ball, which takes in the pocket simultaneously. It
    also reveals automatically the most open part of the pocket,
    and adjusts the angle thereto—an important point.
  • One of the most frequent positions in which the balls are
    left is also one of the most useful, but is often mismanaged.
  • It is when the object balls are a few inches away from
    a top side cushion and a couple of feet apart. A gentle
    check side stroke (which becomes running side off the
    cushion) aimed half-ball and working in to three-quarter
    ball brings the balls nicely together near the top of the table.
  • There are only three profitable methods of practising
    alone. One is to stick to specific and often-needed shots
    until they are conquered; another is to put the balls again
    and again in a favourable position and try to make a
    thought-out break; and the third is to take the white and
    spot balls alternately and play a strenuous and serious game
    with yourself, striving all through to obtain and keep

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