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Big Pocket - Billiard Term Definition

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Definition of Big Pocket

Big Pocket is a billiards term that is a part of Pool Table Terminology.

Big pocket is a pool term which was inherited from the carom billiards term of big ball. A big pocket is a metaphor for a shot that is extremely difficult to miss pocketing. The reason for this is either because the object ball is positioned such that a near miss on one side of it will likely cause the cue ball to rebound into the ball off of a rail and pocket it anyway, or another ball is positioned such that if the object ball does not go straight in, it is still likely to go in off of the other ball. Speaking to the metaphor, it is as if the pocket, for this one shot, had become larger than normal. The term can also refer to shot angle toward a pocket, especially a side pocket. In this case, the pocket is said to be larger, for example, on a shot that is only a 5-degree angle away from straight on, than on a 45-degree angle shot which is much more likely to hit one of the cushion points and bounce outward in to the playing surface rather than dropping in to the pocket.

See: big ball, big ball position, large ball for more on the meaning of "Big Pocket".

Big Pocket - Usage

His shot has a big pocket because of the angle he's got. He can't miss that shot.

Billiards - Big Pocket

  • Title: Big Pocket
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 1/9/2007
  • Last Updated: 12/24/2007 11:16:11 AM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum

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