Pool Terminology 2

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Continuing in Pool Terminology 2, the word "billiards" refers, in the strict sense, to the pocketless, carom-type game of the same name. However, in the USA it has come to also mean pocket billiards as well. The "butt" end of the pool cue is the thicker end where the player grabs the cue to manipulate it.

The "butt" of a two piece pool cue is usually where most of the decoration and design work is displayed.

"Ball in hand" refers to the right of a pool shooter to place the cue ball where ever he wants on the pool table, for his next shot, after his opponent scratches or commits a foul.

The "corner pockets" are those pockets that are at the four corners of the pool table. "Chalk" is used on the cue tip to provide a better grip of the cue tip on the cue ball so as to prevent miscues - also referred to as "chalking up".

"Hand chalk" is used by many players to provide a smooth, frictionless slide of the cue shaft through the bridge hand. A "combination" is where the cue ball hits one object ball into another, with the intent of sinking one of the object balls.

The "cue ball" is the white ball that is hit by the cue stick to make contact with the other balls. The "cue stick" , or "cue", usually made of hard wood, is the stick that the player uses to hit the balls. To "call" your shot, in pool terminology, means to verbally announce which ball you are shooting for and where you plan to pocket it. A "cue case" is a case that is used to store and transport the cue stick.


"double kiss" refers to a shot where the cue ball contacts the object ball twice before pocketing it. This is usually considered a foul and causes the shooter to lose his turn. "Diamonds" are the inlays on the rails of many pool tables that assist the shooter in making bank shots. "Draw" is done by hitting the cue ball below center, making it spin in a reverse direction, and causing it to travel backwards after hitting the object ball - the result of "bottom" english.

The "eight ball" is the black ball with the number eight on it. "Eight ball" also refers to the game of the same name, where shooters must either make all the solid or striped balls, and the eight ball is the last ball to be pocketed for the win. "English" refers to the practice of putting side spin on the cue ball, usually for the purpose of affecting the travel of the cue ball and causing it to stop at an optimum location for the next shot. The "felt" is the cloth that covers the bed of the pool table and the cushions.

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