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Intentional Foul - Billiard Term Definition

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Definition of Intentional Foul

Intentional Foul is a billiards term that is a part of Billiard Technique Terminology.

To commit an intentional foul is to scratch the cue ball on purpose; or to play a safety without regard for whether the cue ball is hit hard enough, or in a direction so that a legal ball and/or rail contact occurs, resulting in a foul penalty. A common one pocket strategy move when a player is in a very difficult situation, or when it is the safest (and/or perhaps only) way to get the cue ball to an ideal safety location, or to preserve a significant table advantage when any other shot would give your opponent a chance to get out of a trap. Also used to prevent a hanging ball from being scored for your opponent, by intentionally making the ball in your opponent's pocket, but then either following the hanging ball into the pocket with the cue ball, or by jumping the cue ball off the billiard table, so that the hanging ball is spotted instead of scored.

See: flagrant foul, professional foul, foul, fault, deliberate foul, back scratch, miss, miss rule, take a scratch for more on the meaning of "Intentional Foul".

Intentional Foul - Usage

That was an intentional foul, was it not?

Billiards - Intentional Foul

  • Title: Intentional Foul
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 4/16/2006
  • Last Updated: 12/30/2007 9:49:26 AM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum

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