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Safety Shot And When to Call Your Shots


Safety Shot And When to Call Your Shots

Yesterday I had this quarrel with a friend about a safety shot. It happened, when he decided to declare a safe shot without intention to pocket any ball thus without calling a shot. I said that there's absolutely no point in not calling a shot, but he did not concur and we wasted half an hour at a table arguing.

So my questions are:

  • Is there any situation in which there might be a reason not to call a shot?
  • Is it even legal to decline to call a shot?

Thank you in advance.

This question relates to the following billiard rules:

Safety Shot And When to Call Your Shots

Replies & Comments

  1. guestMitch Alsup on 2/10/2010 9:39:58 AM

    This seems to be an 8-ball game question since 9-ball is not a call shot game.

    In a call shot game, the opponent has the right to know what has been called. Thus, a safety is a called shot. If you happen to pot a ball on a safety, it stays down (8-ball) and the inning is over. IF you call a ball and play a safety, and the called ball does not go in a called pocket then the inning is over. Most of the time it makes no practical difference.

    However, one can call a safety with their ball sitting in the jaws of a pocket so that they can hide the CB behind one or more of their remaining balls and give the opponent a really bad shot--hoping to get BIH and a run-out. Perfectly legal and wise move/shot.

  2. guesttitan5 on 3/28/2010 10:12:55 AM

    In the new 10-ball rules calling safe is mandatory..In 8-ball, sometimes just trying to gently break balls out of a cluster leads to a carom or combination that goes in and by calling safe, arguments are avoided

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Safety Shot And When to Call Your Shots

  • Title: Safety Shot And When to Call Your Shots
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  • Published: 2/10/2010 5:11:01 AM