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Ghost Ball - Billiard Term Definition

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Definition of Ghost Ball

Ghost Ball is a billiards term that is a part of Billiard Technique Terminology.

Ghost ball refers to the ghost ball aiming system. The ghost ball is the imaginary ball location representing precisely where your cue ball would be at the moment it contacts the object ball in perfect alignment to make your shot. The shooter must imagine a ghost ball that is frozen to the target object ball in just such a position were if a line were to be drawn between the two ball's centers, it would point directly in to the target pocket. Once this is lined up in the shooting player's imagination, he or she should be able to shoot the cue ball at the center of the imagined ghost ball and it should impact the actual object ball at the correct aiming point. Unfortunately, the ghost ball aiming system is flawed in that it does not account for collision induced throw. Also, when two object balls happen to be lying close together and located just right for one ball to perfectly carom the cue ball into the second ball to send it towards your pocket. When the first ball is lying right up against the imaginary ghost ball, these shots are considered nearly dead.

Ghost Ball - Usage

I aim using the ghost ball technique. It never works.

Billiards - Ghost Ball

  • Title: Ghost Ball
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 4/16/2006
  • Last Updated: 10/24/2007 9:49:19 AM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum

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