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Head String - Billiard Term Definition

Welcome to the billiard, pool, and snooker glossary of terms. This is the definition of Head String as it relates to cue sports. You can also view the entire billiard dictionary

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.

Diagram of pool table areas showing the head string.

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: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 3/13/2006
  • Last Updated: 10/26/2016 3:22:49 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum

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