Here's What All That Pool Terminology and Slang Means

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I use the phrase "pool terminology" to explain all the jargon and slang that is part of the pool and billiards world. Like any sport or endeavor, there are certain objects and actions that are unique to this one.

The following semi-alphabetical listing of some of the more common pool terminology that is spoken will get you up to speed on all those buzzwords that are floating around the pool table and billiards hall.

Learn these words and their definitions and you'll sound like a pro in no time. And, after all, looking and sounding like a pro is half the battle when it comes to psyching out your opponent and winning pool games. Click on the blue linked words for further explanations and descriptions of their meanings.

The "aim spot" on the cue ball actually has two meanings. It is the exact spot where the cue tip contacts the cue ball. The exact spot on where this contact is made determines if the cue ball rolls perfectly straight or has some english or swerve to it. The other "aim spot" on the cue ball is that exact spot on the cue ball that makes contact with the object ball.

The "aim spot" on the object ball, or the ball that is being shot at, is the exact spot on this ball where the cue ball should contact it to make it travel in the desired direction to go into the pocket. When these two aim spots come in contact correctly, the object ball has no choice but to go in the pocket.

The "break" occurs when the player shoots into the racked balls to start the pool game. This break causes the balls to disperse all around the table where they may be shot at and pocketed. "Bottom" spin refers to the practice of contacting the cue ball with the cue tip vertically below the center of the cue. When done correctly, this causes the cue ball to spin backwards, or in the direction opposite to the line of travel, thereby causing the cue ball to reverse direction when contacting the object ball.

The "bridge" is where the shaft of the cue stick is rested on and where it slides when taking a shot. This bridge may either be the "bridge hand", or the "bridge stick", which is used when a longer reach is needed to access the cue ball. The "bumpers" , also referred to as the "cushions", or the "banks", are the rubber sides that are attached to the rails of the pool table that the balls bounce off of. A "bank shot" is one where the object ball is intentionally bounced off the bumpers during the shot. The "bed" or slate of the pool table is the actual flat playing surface.

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