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Pass Nurse - Billiard Term Definition

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

Definition of Pass Nurse

Pass Nurse is a billiards slang term that is a part of Billiard Technique Terminology.

In the game of straight rail, the object of the game is to hit both of the object balls with your cue ball (one player has the white cue ball, the other player has the yellow cue ball). Unlike [3-cushion billiards](/pool-rules/three-cushion-billiard-rules "Rules for the game of three cushion billiards), you do not have to hit any rails.

The animation of the pass nurse below shows an important shot in achieving high scores in straight rail. With the pass nurse the cue ball hits both object balls very softly, hardly moving either ball, and ending with the same shot from the other side. With the use of the pass nurse, a player can run many points, even dozens of points.

video of the pass nurse technique

This kind of position comes up fairly frequently so it is good to have a solid grasp on how it is done so you can take advantage. It takes a great deal of practice to develop a soft enough shot to run 15 or 20 points in this situation.

Similar shots can result in long runs, when one (the anchor nurse) or both (Rudolphe's nurse) object balls are frozen to a rail, or are very near a rail (pendulum cannon). In these cases, the rail may prevent the balls from separating.

See: nurse, rocking cannon, nurse shot, rail nurse, chuck nurse for more on the meaning of "Pass Nurse".

Pass Nurse - Usage

Raymond tried to rack up the points using the pass nurse technique.

Billiards - Pass Nurse

  • Title: Pass Nurse
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 1/1/2018 1:34:41 PM
  • Last Updated: 1/1/2018 1:55:40 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum
  • Source: Jim Loy

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