Definition of look back

To enter the loser bracket in a double elimination tournament, or otherwise slip in standing in other tournament formats (i.e., to lose a game/frame/round/match, but still remain in the competition).

24 Random Essential Billiards Terms

Adjectival expression for a player's deadly game; "watch out, he plays jam up.
Either of the two shorter rails of a billiards or pocket billiards table.
The object ball involved in a key shot.
The horizontal plane directly in the center of the cue ball, which when hit exactly by the cue tip should impart no follow or draw.
Exact opposite of fast, all senses.
This is an attempt where one player answers the other players successful shot or run with a successful shot or run.
This is a term used to refer to all the different aspects involved in setting up a shot, i.e. the stance, grip, bridge, and stoke.
A phrase used in snooker to describe the scenario whereby there are not enough available points on the table to level the scores for the frame, therefore the trailing player needs his/her opponent to foul in order to be able to make up the deficit. The name comes from the fact that this would normally have to be achieved by placing the leading player in foul-prone situations such as difficult snookers.
Toward the head of the table. This is the playing area on the table above the middle pockets. The idea in an up table game is that shots are more difficult and further from the pockets in one pocket pool.
This is an imaginary line that separates the halves of the table by crossing at the middle of the side of pockets.
The sides of a table's frame upon which the elastic cushions are mounted. May also be used interchangeably with cushion.
This is when it is necessary to change a set handicap after play indicates it favors one player more than the other.
A shot where the cue ball must hit the object ball so as to make it travel out of a straight line, at a different angle, toward its destination.
To play a shot using a more difficult application of stroke and speed to achieve a certain desired position for the next shot, even at the expense of or sharply increasing the likelihood of a miss.
Asian Pocket Billiard Union. The APBU is a member of the WPA.
A soft joint-like plastic or linen base material. It lets the cue whip, putting more English on the cue ball.
The situation arising in many pool games where a ball is spotted to the table's foot spot or some other specific location and the cue ball must be shot from the kitchen or the "D". There are diamond system aiming techniques for pocketing such shots without scratching the cue ball into a pocket.
Also straight eight-ball. Same as bar pool. Not to be confused with the games of straight pool or straight rail.
Chiefly American, and largely obsolete: Same as referee.
Same as duck. Derives from an easily shot ball "hanging" in the pocket.
The placement of the balls, especially the cue ball, relative to the next planned shot. Also known as shape.
Same as back spin.
This refers to a shot that travels on a shallower path due to the english placed on it. This is to come up on the near side of a pocket on a bank shot.
This is what happens when a player sends the cue ball into a cluster of balls that will in turn spread out in an unpredictable fashion.