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EABA : The Billiard Monthly : January, 1912

The Billiard Monthly : January, 1912

A Few Cue Tips

  • Probably one of the very best maxims in billiards is:
    “Always play the same stroke in the same way, unless the
    exigencies of position demand some different treatment.”
  • The very worst thing in billiards is chopping and
    changing about unnecessarily.
  • The principal potting theories are (1) that at the moment
    of contact a line drawn from the pocket should pass through
    the centre of both balls; and (2) that the line of aim should
    always be a ball’s diameter from the centre across a line
    drawn through the centre of the object ball from the pocket.
    Neither of these theories is, however, easy to carry out in
  • Most players pot by eye after long practice and experience,
    judging the angle from the dead straight shot and
    from what is known as the half-ball potting angle. If the
    half-ball pot is a recognised aim The Billiard Monthly does
    not see why the quarter-ball pot and the three-quarter ball
    pot should not be equally recognised. The only really
    workable rule would seem to be to take the aim exactly at
    twice the distance from the centre of the object ball that the
    intended point of contact is.
  • The jump shot in billiards is usually considered to be very
    difficult, but it is really almost simple. The cue should
    be laid flat upon the table and just slithered under the cue
    ball. If this is always done in the same way the result will
    always be the same, a little greater strength being applied
    if it is intended that the ball should jump farther. If the
    cue has to be raised the aim should be on the cloth an inch
    or thereabouts from the ball.
  • When, in playing middle pocket losers, the object ball is
    slightly more than twenty-four inches from baulk and as
    wide as half-ball angle it is better to play the top pocket
    half-ball than to use side, screw, or force to obtain the
    middle pocket hazard.
  • To illustrate the absurdity of playing near screws with
    strength except for the distinct purpose of driving the object
    ball a considerable distance, the fact may be stated that it is
    possible to screw square into a middle pocket from the
    centre baulk spot with the object ball on the middle spot
    of the table without bringing the latter into baulk.
  • When playing friendly games with players who do not
    care to accept starts but with whom a level game would be
    unequal it is a good plan to offer to score double-figure
    breaks only. This will maintain interest in the game on
    both sides.
  • Run-throughs can be made with a dead straight aim at
    the cue ball, if, at the moment of striking, the eye is turned
    to the second objective. It seems mysterious but the fact
    is that the position of the body, and with it the line of
    aim, is deflected in proportion to the angle between the
    object ball and the cannon ball or pocket.
  • The substitution of fuller contact for force in screwing is
    one of the most paying expedients in billiards. Thus, when
    the cue ball is only a few inches from the object ball a halfball
    contact means a right-angled screw, but if the angle is
    slightly wider than right angle a more gentle half-ball aim
    will achieve the same results, except that the object ball
    will not travel so far.

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