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Ball in Hand from the Kitchen and Bank Shots

Ball in Hand from the Kitchen and Bank Shots

Are you allowed to contact a cushion behind the head string when shooting ball in hand from the kitchen?

E.g. with ball in hand in the kitchen, is It legal to kick off the side rail below the head string to strike a ball which is above the head string?

This question relates to the following billiard rules:

Ball in Hand from the Kitchen and Bank Shots

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  1. blindboybilliardsforum on 4/22/2018 9:11:41 PM

    No you can not contact a cushion until the ball is outside of the kitchen. Doing so is a foul.


    When a player has the cue ball in hand behind the head string (in the kitchen), he must drive the cue ball to a point across the head string before it contacts either a cushion, an object ball, or returns to the kitchen.

    Failure to do so is a foul if a referee is presiding over a match. If no referee, the opponent has the option to call it either a foul or to require the offending player to replay the shot again with the balls restored to their positions prior to the shot (and with no foul penalty imposed).

    Source: BCA "General Rules of Pocket Billiards"

  2. blindboyuser1556322934 on 4/26/2019 4:55:35 PM

    After a scratch with ball-in-hand in the kitchen, how far in front of the kitchen does an object ball have to be?

    Can it be on the line? Can it be half in the kitchen and half out? Or is it that if any part of the ball is in the kitchen, the ball is considered "in the kitchen"?

  3. blindboybilliardsforum on 4/29/2019 6:30:12 PM

    @user1556322934 - World Pool-Billiards Association general rules, section 1.5 "Cue Ball in Hand" has all of the specifics to answer your questions (relevant parts emphasized in bold, emphasis ours).

    1.5 Cue Ball in Hand


    When the shooter has the cue ball in hand behind the head string and all the legal object balls are behind the head string, he may request the legal object ball nearest the head string to be spotted. If two or more balls are equal distance from the head string, the shooter may designate which of the equidistant balls is to be spotted. An object ball that rests exactly on the head string is playable.

    If you get down to the level of the pool table and inspect where a ball lies, you can see the point where the ball contacts the cloth and can get a good feel whether it's on, the line or behind it. Also, if you look down on the center of the ball in question, and imagine the line goes through it, is 50% or more of the width of the ball outside?

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Ball in Hand from the Kitchen and Bank Shots

  • Title: Ball in Hand from the Kitchen and Bank Shots
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  • Published: 4/22/2018 12:11:54 PM
  • Last Updated: 4/22/2018 9:07:34 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)