A shot in which if the target is missed, the opponent is safe or will not have a desirable shot;
A shot in which there are two ways to score;
A shot in which a second ball is targeted to be pocketed, broken out of a cluster, repositioned or some other secondary goal is also intended.
24 Random Essential Billiards Terms
This is a bank shot that goes off of the head rail and then straight to the pocket at the other end of the table.
A tournament format in which a player must lose two matches in order to be eliminated.
This is the white ball in carom games which is separated from the clear ball by a marking (usually a dot or spot).
A shot where the shooter was trying to make the shot but misses. However, the result of the missed shot ends up being a very good defensive play
This is your pocket for sinking balls in a one pocket game.
Sometimes called spots and stripes, stripes and solids or, more rarely, bigs and littles or highs and lows.
All fifteen numbered balls are used in a conventional triangle rack.
Each player is assigned either the solid balls (1-7) or the striped balls (9-15). The object is to pocket all of your assigned balls and then pocket the 8-ball.
The sides of a table's frame upon which the elastic cushions are mounted. May also be used interchangeably with cushion.
1- This is a knowledgeable shot showing skill on the movement of the cue ball.
2- This is an experienced one pocket pool player that shows extraordinary skill at coordinating the cue balls and object balls for safety plays.
This refers to the cluster of balls remaining in a similar position to where they were within the break.
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15d 19h 30m 53s
20d 10h 24m 34s
In snooker, the cushion opposite the top cushion and bounded by the yellow and green pockets (i.e. same as bottom cushion).
Also spot-stroke, spot hazard. A form of nurse shot in English billiards, in which the red ball, which must be spotted to a specific location after every time it is potted before another shot is taken, is potted in such as way as to leave the cue ball in position to repeat the same shot, permitting a skilled player to rack up many points in a single break (series of shots in one visit).
Adjectival expression for a player's deadly game; "watch out, he plays jam up.
Certain rules say you must designate your shot before taking it. Generally this is just calling the ball to be sunk in which pocket, and is not dependent on touching rails or other balls, but very well can be.
Same as angle of reflection.
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.
This is a match where a player must win so many games more than the other player in order to win the match.
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.
Used when describing perfect cue ball position play.
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21d 12h 45m 53s
17d 9h 4m 24s
When a successful non penalized break is achieved which gives the object balls a broad spread on the table.
This is when you win a game of one pocket on your opponents break.
To sink a ball into a pocket.
In APA, once a player has received at least 10 scores in a format, they will have established their skill level. Their established skill level can go up or down depending on their perdformance and is clculated by the APA's Equalizer Handicap System.