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"legal" combination shot

"legal" combination shot

Is it permissible to "call" an opponents ball and knock it in with a combination and then continue shooting? I have often wondered this when an opponents ball is guarding a pocket and it would be advantageous to get it out of the way.

This question relates to the following billiard rules:

"legal" combination shot

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  1. sekerbsMitch Alsup on 10/29/2012 9:58:49 PM

    The called ball must be one of the your group.

    The way to deal with the blocking ball is to slow roll your ball, knock his in, and then have your fall follow it in. This requires a perfect (or nearly so) square hit on his ball so the following ball picks up no sideways velocity from the impact. Sometimes, you can bounce your ball off a rail, then back off the inside of his ball an into the bocket. This is called a pick.

  2. sekerbssekerbs on 10/29/2012 10:12:36 PM

    Thanks so much! Makes sense... I kept reading the rules but couldn't find anything that said a called ball must be one from your group. I guess the shot is a "legal" shot, but you must call your ball and if it doesn't follow then your turn is up, right?

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"legal" combination shot

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  • Published: 10/29/2012 9:51:02 PM