Head String - Billiard Term Definition
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Definition of Head String
Head String is a billiards term that is a part of Pool Table Terminology.
The head string is a line (sometimes imaginary) that passes between the second diamonds on the long rails and through the head spot. It intersects the long string at exactly the head spot.
On some pool tables, the head string is an imaginary line on some pool tables as it is not always marked. On other pool tables it can be drawn directly on the cloth bed of the billiard table.
Most billiard game rules specify that the opening break shot be made from behind the head string.
It is this head string that aptly defines the kitchen area of the billiard table.
See: center string, centre string, center spot, centre spot, long string, foot string, head spot, foot spot for more on the meaning of "Head String".
Head String - Usage
You must perform your break shot from within the kitchen. You know what means don't you? It means that you must break from behind the head string.
Billiards - Head String
- Title: Head String
- Author: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)
- Published: 3/13/2006
- Last Updated: 10/26/2016 3:22:49 PM
- Last Updated By: billiardsforum
Head String Comments
- David Adamovich from Freeport, NY on 3/24/2019 8:07:44 AM
If the head spot is ON the head string line and someone is shooting from the "kitchen" (which is defined as the area behind the head string), is it legal to shoot at the ball that sits on the head string?
- billiardsforum from Halifax, NS on 3/24/2019 3:10:42 PM
@David Adamovich - Great question.
Yes, balls that lie ON the head-string are playable "from the kitchen" aka "from behind the head string".
Looking at World Pool-Billiard Association general rules for pocket billiards, the answer is found in the last sentence of the Cue Ball in Hand section:
1.5 Cue Ball in Hand
[...] When the shooter has the cue ball in hand behind the head string [...] An object ball that rests exactly on the head string is playable.
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