Saturday, 26 October 2013

Entire Blog shifted to a new website. !!

This entire blog has been shifted to a new website. !!! It is also called CUE BALL CONTROL ..... Soon, I will cancel this entire blog. !!

That is a complete website which has tutorials, products, forums, blogs, and many different things. Right now the main layout may seem a bit weird, but it has many good types of reading material & products. No discussions have been started yet, you can be the first one to start one!. 

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Snooker Basics (Complete)

Snooker basics, a revised and complete article.

Snooker is a game of strategy and expertise where in every shot, the player tries to pot a colored object ball with a white colored cue-ball using a cue-stick as the striking force generating device. If you have ever played a game of snooker, you must have realized that there's so much to it, and once you start it, you won't be able to stop playing it.

Friday, 11 January 2013

The perfect game !

The perfect game of snooker. We have all dreamt of it, some of us have experienced phases of it, yet very few have mastered the art. This is an area which I might not be able to fully explain but I have good hold of it now, after struggling, a lot.

You might often wonder, why do you miss a particular shot. Well, there are actually just a few factors which determine whether you are great at the game all the time or not. And let me tell you that they are not easy to achieve. You must practice well and play well all the time!!!

Friday, 24 August 2012

Hits on the OB

The object ball (OB) can be hit at 5 primary locations. Full ball, half ball, three quarter ball, quarter ball, and thin cut.
  • Full ball hit literally means hitting the OB head on such that the CB and the OB travel in the same line. 
  • A half ball hit is when the aiming point is one of the edges of the OB.
  • If the aiming point is between a full ball and a half ball, then it is a three quarter ball hit. 
  • If the aiming point is between a half ball and a miss, then it is a quarter ball hit.
  • Any hit thinner than a quarter ball hit can be called a thin cut.

Snooker safeties

Safeties are a vital part of the snooker game. You don't normally want to end up in a situation where you have no option but to play a safety, but sometimes it just happens. In other occasions, your opponent may leave you with a safety, or even a snooker. The golden rule is to escape into the baulk, unless there are any red(s) in or around the baulk. If there are any, you can either try to land behind one of the baulk colors (if the red(s) are near the blue), or behind the blue or baulk colours (on the other side), if they are in the baulk.

Some more snooker break-offs

These are some tricky break-offs, the first break involves hitting the OB thin (thinner than a quarter ball), and controlling it with right or left hand english, among other things such as placing it at different points on the baulk line. All the basic rules apply. Just keep in mind that as the contact point on the OB is quite thin, you will have to hit it softer than normal. The second break is a little too ambitious for my taste, and I might try it regularly only once I have mastered the other break-offs. In fact, I don't think many players try this in tournament play. In this kind of a break, basically you hit the CB with reverse sidespin. You will have to hit it a little harder than normal so and that the effect of reverse english is nullified and the CB reaches the bottom cushion more easily.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Running and reverse english

When the cue ball hits a cushion with spin, unless it is perpendicular to the cushion, it will have either running or reverse english.

Running english can be defined as the sidespin which causes the cue ball to travel more, and reverse english is which causes it to travel less, among other things, like changing directions etc. This can be a complicated technique to grasp correctly at first, but if studied just a little, can become a great cue ball controlling technique for you.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Cue sticks

Your cue stick is your weapon. To be honest, there are hustlers and pool sharks who can play and beat almost anybody with any stick, but even they would play their best game if they use their personal cue stick.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Cue ball squirt !!!

Cue ball (CB) squirt is an effect which arises almost everytime the cue-ball is hit with left or right english. To be an effective pool or snooker player, you must know how the cue ball travels off line. Cue ball squirt is a very important thing to master if you want to bring your game to the next level, and successfully play ultra fast shots with spin.

Natural forward roll

Natural forward roll in the cue ball will cause it to roll forward, at a maximum angle of 30 degrees, for a half ball hit. This angle will decrease when the cutting angle is decreased as well as when it is increased. I think you can safely assume that the angles the cue ball makes when it is rolling and when OB is contacted anywhere between 3/4th ball to 1/4th ball, it will deflect at an angle of around 30 degrees. If you extend the line between CB and OB, the angle formed between that line and the path the cue ball takes will be roughly equal to 30 degrees.

Pool and snooker ball sets

Check these links if you want to buy different types of pool and snooker balls. These sets will give you good service for a long time, well of course it depends on the way you play the game as well. For optimum results, clean the ball sets regularly with water and soap if required. Use hot water if you really want to make your seemingly old set just like brand new once again.

Some of the best books on cue ball sports.

I have listed below some of the best books available in the market today if you want to successfully master the games. This list contains books to master pool, snooker, 9 ball, billiards, straight pool, bank pool etc, and to master inner elements of the game such as mental stability during the frame, and the entire match.
A master of the game once said, you gotta study like there is no tomorrow and practice like mad if you want to master these wonderful and artistic cue-ball games. Check out the list below.

Training / Learning aids

These training aids will help you a lot, especially if you are a beginner. If you are an intermediate to advanced level player and are suffering from issues such as misses at critical times, then maybe you are not hitting on your intended part on the cue ball, and practicing using these training balls and aids will help you to rectify that mistake.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Cue ball sports dictionary!! Part 1

Please note --
Stun = stop shot, if it is a full ball hit as well.
Follow = Forward spin = high english
Top = extremely high english
Pull back = Backspin = low english = screw back
Bottom = extremely low english
Cue stick = cue = stick
CB = Cue ball, white (in most cases)
OB = Object ball, varies mostly throughout the game         

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Some more cue stick manufacturers

These are some more quality cue sticks from different manufacturers. These sticks have also been tested by lots of league and professional players, and will provide you and your snooker gang hopefully with years, if not decades of fun.

The drag shot.

There is a fifth basic weapon in your arsenal of positional shots. It is called the drag shot. This shot is most perfectly executed when there is just forward roll in the cue ball at the time of contact with the object ball. Well, of course it also depends on where you want your CB to come to rest. This drag shot will cause the CB to contact the OB and roll forward at an angle of 0 degrees for a full ball hit to around 30 degrees for a half ball hit.

Some widely known cue stick manufacturers

Listed below are some of the world's most widely known pool and snooker cue stick manufacturers. These sticks will give you many years of enjoyment and satisfaction in playing cue ball sports.

Back spin or follow ??

Look at the following image of a shot on the blue in the corner pocket. How would you play this, with you pull the CB back and disturb the cluster of reds, or follow and come back all the way through the baulk.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Some Virtual snooker games against Tall Steve

Here are a couple of videos of matches which I played against Tall Steve in Virtual Pool 3, one of, if not the most accurate cue ball sport simulator out there. The final score was one match a piece.!!


Follow is nothing but forward motion on the cue ball after contact with the object ball. Imagine a straight forward blue from near the pink spot with a loose red in the baulk area. You will have to hit the cue ball with low to medium speed and high to medium amount of follow to get there and be able to play the red.