Competition between an individual player and an individual opponent, as opposed to team play such as scotch doubles and other multi-player variants.
A team play format in which an individual player from the home team plays a race against an individual player from the visiting team, and then is finished for that match. Several large leagues use this format, including APA/CPA and USAPL.
24 Random Essential Billiards Terms
This is when you win a game of one pocket on your opponents break.
When the rules of the opening break are broken. Ex: If not enough balls contact with rails off the break.
Cueing and timing the balls well; in good form, where pocketing (potting), safety and clarity of thinking seem to come easily.
When the object ball lies behind another ball which makes it impossible to be struck by the cue with a direct hit.
To indicate where something is to be done. To "mark the pocket" means to indicate which pocket you intend to sink an object ball.
This is to step up to the table and successfully execute a difficult shot.
This is a term used in slang to reference the bridge tool.
Linen made from flax and produced in Ireland which is often used to wrap the gripping area of the butt of a cue.
Same as feather (US) or snick (UK)
2d 17h 3m 27s
5d 15h 34m 52s
18d 18h 34m 55s
This describes a shot where you bank the object ball off of a rail and then sink it in a corner pocket.
A tournament format in which a player is out of the tournament after a single match loss.
This is a type of shot that shows complete control over the object ball and the cue ball.
Usually a one-piece cue freely available for use by patrons in bars and pool halls.
A player who was playing very well but suddenly starts playing badly. e.g. "He was making everything on every shot, then lost his stroke and couldn't hit anything, costing him the match."
This is the stick used to contact the cue ball in pool and billiards games. The cue stick is usually made of wood, features a special contact tip, and is usually tapered to slide through your hand. The price of these tools can range from oil change to transmission change depending on the quality of craftsmanship and design.
Play, from the opening break shot until one player has won (or the game has been halted for some reason by a referee). Games are the units that make up matches, races (in some senses of that term) and rounds. Essentially the same as frame, except with regards to straight pool, which is a multi-rack game.
This is the final object ball you need to pocket in order to win a game of one pocket.
1- A tip tool with fine, sharp points used to roughen the cue tip to better hold chalk after it has become hardened and smooth from repeated impacts with the cue ball. Tappers are firmly tapped on or pressed against the tip. Scuffers serve the same purpose, but are used differently.
Describes a shot where one has a chance to miscue. Usually heard in reference to long draw shots.
As in, "It's a tip-tapper!".
This is the way your hand is configured to support the shaft of the cue during a shot.
23d 7h 6m 14s
23d 21h 18m 19s
8d 21h 11m 33s
A break shot in which the rack (pack) is disturbed as little as possible within the bounds of a legal shot, in order to force the opponent to have to break it up further. A soft break is desirable in some games, such as straight pool, in which breaking is a disadvantage; and forbidden by the open break rules of other games such as nine-ball and eight-ball.
Same as angle of reflection.
(Chiefly British) Said of an object ball that can easily be reached by the cue ball, or of a pocket that can easily be reached by a selected object ball, usually directly (i.e. without intervening kick, bank, carom, kiss or combination shots).
All-Africa Pool Association. The AAPA is a member of the WPA.
Also in the zone. Describes an extended period of functioning in dead stroke ("She's in the zone").