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The Billiards Roll Technique

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Posted By Bettie W.

Pool is a very popular game which originated from billiards. Billiards actually derived from outdoor lawn games back before the 13th century.

Many people do not know that. Back with the fist indoor billiards games, players would use big Y shaped sticks to hit the balls rather than the pool sticks we use today.

As time went on the game changed and the techniques in which it was played by also began to develop. Now with the pool sticks, balls and tables there are, controlling the shot is left up to skill a lot more than in the primitive games that began the sport.

There are many different strokes and techniques to keep in mind when hitting the cue ball. For specific situations you will find some more useful than others.

One aspect of billiards many beginners do not understand is the slide factor. The slide is how far the cue ball moves before it starts to roll.

This is a very important aspect to keep in mind when playing, and just this simple tip will greatly impact your game play. If you have a shot where you want the ball to bounce back or to stop after hitting the object ball, you need to make contact with the object ball before the cue ball begins to roll.

This is useful when you have balls sitting on the edge of a pocket and you do not want to scratch while you put it in. So instead of hitting these shot very softly, you will want to hit the cue ball very hard.

Trust me it works; as long as you can the balls to collide before the cue ball starts to roll. It is the roll that is going to take the cue ball forward after it has made contact.

So if you have a shot where you want the ball to continue moving you will want to hit the ball rather softly. That way it can get enough friction between it and the carpeted table, and get a good roll before it hits the object ball.

Power is one thing to judge before hitting the ball the next thing you will want to learn is point of contact. Where you hit the ball will either create more or less of a roll.

If you hit the ball closer to the top you will consequently create more of a forward roll. If you hit it on near the bottom you will create a backspin.

Developing a good back spin shot will set you apart from the beginners. Be careful though, back spin hits can easily result in jump shots.

Jump shots should only be used when there is no other alternative. These are the least accurate shots in your arsenal.

Comments (8)

By Sheldon H. on AUG 9 2017 @ 8:05PM

Why don't they call it forward English and backward English?

By Nina B. on AUG 9 2017 @ 6:03PM

Thinking about these kind of things is what makes the game really interesting.

By Sarah C. on AUG 9 2017 @ 2:00PM

A lot of players know this, but it's good to spell it out for newcomers to the game.

By Cleo P. on AUG 9 2017 @ 6:20AM

I like trying to make the cue ball just stop dead on contact. that's when you know you hit the ball when it had no spin at all.

By Delbert T. on AUG 8 2017 @ 11:21AM

The more it rolls the more forward spin it's going to have, and it will 'follow' whatever ball it hits. If you're in front of a pocket, that could mean a scratch.

By Shanna G. on AUG 7 2017 @ 7:14PM

And pulling the ball backward is another tool you should have in your belt for setting up shots.

By Chelsea R. on AUG 7 2017 @ 1:11PM

Billiards really is a great game.

By Lawrence G. on AUG 6 2017 @ 6:21PM

Great tip!

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