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Flat Draw - Billiard Term Definition

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Definition of Flat Draw

Flat Draw is a billiards term that is a part of Billiard Technique Terminology.

  1. In the context of cue ball draw, a "flat draw" is a type of low hit on the cue ball but not one that is quite as low as a normal draw. The flat draw is often used to change the cue ball's angle of deflection off the object ball.
  2. In the context of snooker tournament formats, the term "flat draw" is also used to describe the format used in the World Snooker Championships qualifying event. The format is called a "128 flat draw" or "128 man flat draw" qualifying event whereby all 128 players, including the top 16 players, all play from round one (whereas prior to this format, the top 16 would be seeded through to the finals or ranking events automatically). May also be referred to as a "flat 128 man draw" or a "flat 128 draw".

See: draw for more on the meaning of "Flat Draw".

Flat Draw - Usage

I'd probably go ahead and use a nice flat draw on that one Bill.

Billiards - Flat Draw

  • Title: Flat Draw
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 3/10/2006
  • Last Updated: 8/29/2016 10:58:38 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum

Flat Draw Comments

  1. Erzsebet BorodiErzsebet Borodi from Hungary on 4/25/2014 7:26:37 AM

    The article below talks about a "128 flat draw" but I do not understand the context.

    The top 16 players after the 2015 China Open to remain seeded for the Crucible, the remaining players (17-144), to play a 128 flat draw qualifying event to make it to the venue stages.


    What is a "128 flat draw qualifying event"?

  2. billiardsforumbilliardsforum from Halifax, NS on 8/29/2016 10:42:00 PM

    They are referring to changes made to the way the professional snooker events work. Before the changes, there would be a group of the top 16 players which were seeded through to the finals without actually having to play. After the changes, all 128 players will have to start from round 1 with everybody else. They are calling this a "128 man flat draw" format.

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