24 Random Essential Billiards Terms
Using knowledge of the game and one's own abilities and limitations to choose the manner of shooting and the particular shot from an array presented, that has a degree of likelihood of success. This often requires a player to forego a shot that if made would be very advantageous but does not have a high likelihood of success, in favor of a safety or less advantageous shot that is more realistically achievable.
The use of the correct amount of cue ball speed in position play to achieve proper shape for a subsequent shot.
This term refers to a low percentage one pocket shot.
Any standard pool cue used to shoot the majority of shots in a match.
This is a tool used to keep your cue tip from mushrooming. This small tool slides over the tip and turns to refine the sides, keeping your tip shaped the way it should be.
Billiard Congress of America. The official governing body for pocket billiards in the United States.
Chiefly American: The cushion on the foot rail. Compare top cushion; contrast head cushion.
On two piece cues, the area of the cue between the joint and the wrap.
(Chiefly U.S.) Side spin (english) placed on a same side of the cue ball as the direction in which the object ball is being cut (left-hand english when cutting a ball to the left, and vice versa). In addition to affecting cue ball position, inside english can increase throw.
25d 22h 48m
17d 1h 49m 31s
18d 19h 28m 28s
This is a bank in which the object ball hit will cross the path of the cue ball on the way to its destination.
A cluster of balls. In snooker, the bunch of reds that are typically left below the pink spot in the early stages of a frame, not including those reds that have been released into pottable positions.
Any shot where the cue ball is intentionally jumped into the air to clear an obstacle
To take one's two-piece cue stick apart. When done before a game's conclusion, it often indicates that the game is conceded.
Verb: "To Clock" To carefully note the abilities or betting inclinations of other players for future reference.
A multi-game division of a match, as used in some league and tournament formats. For example, in a match between 2 teams of 5 players each, a 25-game match might be divided into 5 rounds of 5 games each, in which the roster of one team moves one line down at the beginning of each round, such that by the end of the match every player on team A has played every player on team B in round robin fashion.
A level of competition elimination in a tournament, such as the quarterfinal round, semifinal round and final round.
The Union Mondiale de Billard (French for World Union of Billiards) is the world governing body for carom (carambole) billiard games. The organization was founded in Madrid, Spain on 1 June 1959, and is dedicated to promoting the modern carom billiards games. The UMB monitors and controls international carom competitions and tournaments, and organizes an annual World Three-cushion Billiards Championship.
This is to win a game by pocketing enough balls before you opponent.
The profile of the shaft of the cue as it as it increases in diameter from the tip to the joint. A "fast" or "slow" taper refers to how quickly the diameter increases. A "pro" taper describes a shaft that tapers rapidly from the joint size to the tip size so as to provide a long, untapered stroking area.
This describes a shot where you bank the object ball off of a rail and then sink it in a corner pocket.
19d 19h 43m 17s
13d 49m 54s
26d 16h 3m 22s
The 5 out (meaning the player getting the handicap can win by making the 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 balls).
Describing a shot which requires one or more balls to be played off several cushions, such as an elaborate escape or a positional shot; "he'll have to send the cue ball round the angles to get good position."
Any mechanical aid that serves to extend the length of the player's cue, normally added to the end of the butt either by clipping around the end or screwing into the base. Though extensions are used for pool, it is more common in snooker because of the significantly larger table size.
In a tournament where players get limited time to make their shots (common in televised matches), an extension is extra time granted before making a shot; players have a limited number of extensions in each frame.
This is the highest number of consecutive points scored during an inning of continuous pool play.
Describes a cue ball sliding on the cloth without any top spin or back spin on it.