24 Random Essential Billiards Terms
Chiefly American: The cushion on the foot rail. Compare top cushion; contrast head cushion.
This is the apex ball in the triangle, racked on the foot spot in a normal game.
This is English that turns into running action after contact with the object ball. This will open up the angle on a bank.
To shoot without taking enough warm-up strokes to properly aim and feel out the stroke and speed to be applied. One-stroking is a common symptom of nervousness and a source of missed shots and failed position.
To disguise the level of one's ability to play in various ways such as using a lemonade stroke; intentionally missing shots; making an uneven game appear "close"; purposefully losing early, inconsequential games. Sandbagging is a form of hustling, and in handicapped leagues, considered a form of cheating. See also dump and on the lemonade.
Same as cloth (deprecated; it is factually incorrect).
The ACS Canadian affiliate organization, the Canadian Cue Sport Association.
This is a kind of cue made of only two pieces of wood, and joined together using an advanced adhesive along the points of the cue. This connection gives the cue a flawless look and a fluid feel when shooting.
This is an object sometimes placed underneath the cue tip.
16d 12h 10m 46s
16d 12h 9m
28d 12h 20m 2s
This term is used to refer to a player missing a shot.
A widespread term in US parlance describing missing a relatively easy shot—often in the face of pressure. Can be used in many forms: "I dogged the shot"; "I hope he dogs it"; "I'm such a dog."
A bank shot that follows a Z shaped pattern as it bounces off of two rails.
Also known as a Dead cushion. A cushion that has either lost a degree of elastic resiliency or is not firmly bolted to the frame, in both cases causing balls to rebound with less energy than is normal.
A shooter's body position and posture during a shot.
A British term for a pot that requires very fine contact between cue ball and object ball. See also feather.
A shot where the cue ball has no top spin or back spin on it when it impacts an object ball, and "stuns" out along the tangent line. Commonly shortened to just "stun."
The act of playing a devastating safety which leaves the opponent in a situation where it is very difficult or near impossible to make a legal hit on an object ball
This is a match where a player must win so many games more than the other player in order to win the match.
All-Africa Pool Association. The AAPA is a member of the WPA.
In pool, the degree to which racked balls move apart upon impact by the cue ball as a result of a break shot.
In snooker, a shot sending the cue ball into the pack of red balls and separating them (after potting the ball-on). At least one split is usually necessary in each frame, since the original triangle of reds does not allow any balls to be potted reliably.
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3d 7h 34m 7s
29d 17h 30m 23s
Feel generally refers to that elusive quality that makes one cue feel special or superior to another. In essence, it is the cumulative effect of all of a cues characteristics, including weight, shaft diameter, balance, grip material, length, etc. It can vary greatly from one player to another. A cue that feels great to one player does not necessarily fell good to another.
A British term for someone with little experience or understanding of the game, who may be skilled at potting individual balls but does not consider tactics such as position or safety; "he's a potter not a player." See also banger.
To play even; without a handicap. Also called heads up.
To allow an opponent to stop playing a set for money in exchange for something. If a player is winning a set by a wide margin, with $100 on the line, the player could say, "I'll let you out now for $75." This is usually meant to save pride.
This refers to the cluster of balls remaining in a similar position to where they were within the break.