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Straight Billiards – Improving The Odds

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Todays blog post is continueing with our Billliards series where we are highlighting some key tips and tricks to how we can improve the probability of a successful shot

Big ball

The red is close to the corner so it is big. This means that the effective target is much larger than the ball itself as the cue ball can hit a rail just before the red ball. When a ball is big it is a good idea to use it as second object ball to increase the error margin.

big ball

The following example shows that whether a ball is big or not also depend on the shot.


direct shot (no rail)
It is possible to draw directly to the red…
same with a rail
… but if you hit a rail the red is bigger. And at the end of the point the three balls are close together

big ball I do not care about

In this case too the red is big. But, unlike the previous one, this is not a long shot. The error margin matters less. On easy shots like this, it is better to think position that big balls. The red hit first remains in the corner. Had the yellow been hit first it would have gone far away. In this case, the fact that the red is close to a corner is not used to make it a big ball, it is used to make it come back to the cue ball and the other object ball.


Avoiding kisses

A kiss is when the first object ball hits the second object ball or the cue ball. The trajectory of the cue ball or the position of the second object ball is modified and the shot is generally missed.


easy shot missed due to a kiss
The red ball hits the yellow, so the cue ball misses it.
same shot without a kiss
If you see a potential kiss, you can hit the red thinner (and use draw to compensate.)

The case above is a kiss on the second object ball, what follows is a kiss on the cue ball.

A kiss on the cue ball

Plan B

If you know how you may miss, you can think of a plan B. If for instance you fear you may not cut the object ball thin enough, you can use English so that after it hits a rail the cue ball goes toward the second object ball.


no plan B: missed
The yellow was not taken thin enough.
plan B saved the shot
The same shot with right English.

Here is another example. You can take the red ball to thick (and hit the short rail) or too thin (and hit the long rail.) If you hit the long rail, the angle will be very small and English will have little effect.

hitting the long rail
But if you hit the short rail, the trajectory is almost perpendicular to the rail, English will be fully effective

hitting the short rail
Therefore right English should be used. In the first case it will not matter, in the second case it may save the shot.

So, how was that for detail huh? Hope you enjoyed this post, and stay posted for the next and final post on Billiard tips for this season ๐Ÿ˜‰


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