Definition of joint screw

This is the portion of the joint that actually connects the two sides of the cue, often called the pin or male end. This comes in a number of different sizes and shapes which some believe has an influence on the hit of the cue stick.

24 Random Essential Billiards Terms

A cue dedicated to jumping balls; usually shorter and lighter than a playing cue and having a wider, hard tip. Also referred to as a jump stick.
Adjectival expression for a player's deadly game; "watch out, he plays jam up.
A barrel is how much money per game a player is betting. As in, "I have ten barrels at $20 a game".
USA Pool League. A pool league structured exclusively around eight-ball match play.
In snooker, any of the three colour balls that get spotted on the baulk line: the yellow, green or brown ball.
Same as foul
When the cue ball contacts three or more cushions in carom games.
Hitting the object ball with not enough of a cut angle; hitting the object ball too full or "fat". It is a well-known maxim that overcutting is preferable to undercutting.
This when you receive the first legitimate shot on the next "ball on" after there had been a series of safeties to try and hurt the other players chances. This term is often used in one pocket pool.
Also semi-massé shot. A moderate curve imparted to the path of the cue ball by an elevated hit with use of english (side); or a shot using this technique. Also known as a curve (US) or swerve (UK) shot. Compare massé.
The point in match play where both players (or teams) need only one more game (frame) victory to win the match or race.
A tournament format in which a player must lose two matches in order to be eliminated.
Describes tightly woven and well-used (but clean) billiard table cloth (baize), upon which the balls move quickly and roll farther, as they experience less friction than with fuzzy or dirty cloth. May be used more extendedly, as in "this is a really fast table". Fast cloth makes draw (screw) shots somewhat less effective, as there is less purchase for the cue ball's back spin. By the same token, slide and stop shots are easier on fast cloth because it is so comparatively smooth.
In snooker and British pool, the successful potting of all object balls-on in a single frame.
Sandbagging, in any handicapped sport, is the unethical practice of deliberately playing below your ability in order to alter your handicap so it does not reflect your true ability.
Deviation of a ball from its initial direction of travel. Often the result of a poor-quality table and may be an artifact of the cloth, the bed, a ball with uneven weight distribution, or simply the floor the table stands on being uneven.
To apply chalk to the tip of your cue before a shot.
One-on-one game play.
This is a player that will regularly loose money to a particular player that is obviously a better player.
This is to miss your shot but either luckily or on purpose leave your opponent with nothing to shoot at.
Also pills, tally balls and shake balls. Small, round markers typically numbered 1 through 15 or 16, which are placed in a bottle for various random assignment purposes, such as in a tournament roster, to assign order of play in a multiplayer game, or to assign particular balls to players in games such as kelly pool.
A player's turn at the table, also known as an inning.
This is the final object ball you need to pocket in order to win a game of one pocket.
Short for left english (side), i.e. spin imparted to the cue ball by stroking it to the lefthand side of its vertical axis. Contrast right.