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When Only the Cue Ball Touches the Cushion


When Only the Cue Ball Touches the Cushion

I want to know if when playing 8 ball and the player hits the cue ball into the object ball and ONLY the cue ball hits the cushion, is it considered a ball in hand?

This question relates to the following billiard rules:

When Only the Cue Ball Touches the Cushion

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  1. SannymanZeke on 5/10/2013 6:41:41 PM

    Given the huge variations in 8-ball by virtue of "local rules," it could be.

    But not according to the 8-ball rules we see here. It's simply a missed shot.

  2. SannymanZeke on 5/10/2013 6:45:33 PM

    Here's the rule:

    "Legal Shot:"

    On all shots (except on the break and when the table is open), the shooter must hit one of their group of balls first and either pocket a numbered ball, or cause the cue ball, or any numbered ball to contact a rail. Please Note: It is permissible for the shooter to bank the cue ball off a rail before contacting the object ball; however, after contact with the object ball, an object ball must be pocketed, or the cue ball or any numbered ball must contact a rail. Failure to meet these requirements results in a foul.

  3. SannymanMitch Alsup on 5/12/2013 3:08:16 PM

    In general, If you use a legal stroke, hit a legal ball first, and after legal contact at least one ball touches a rail, the shot is not a foul. It does not mater which ball -- it could be one of your opponents balls that touches the rail. In this context the inside of a pocket is considered a rail.

    Some sets of rules include the frozen ball rule. If the OB is frozen to a rail, after first legal contact; a) a ball must be pocketed, b) the CB must touch a rail, c) the OB must contact a different rail, d) or another OB must contact any rail.

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When Only the Cue Ball Touches the Cushion

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