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Playing The Ghost - Billiard Term Definition

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Definition of Playing The Ghost

Playing The Ghost is a billiards slang term that is a part of Billiard Technique Terminology.

Playing the ghost refers to playing a billiard game at a table by one's self for a practice session whereby one plays against their own skill. The player wins if he or she manages to run out when playing the ghost. The ghost wins when the player fails to run out.

See: ghost for more on the meaning of "Playing The Ghost".

Playing The Ghost - Usage

Look at Ross, over there playing the ghost. Yeah, but I bet he is getting so much better.

Billiards - Playing The Ghost

  • Title: Playing The Ghost
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 5/17/2006
  • Last Updated: 10/24/2007 9:49:46 AM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum

Playing The Ghost Comments

  1. Billy NortonBilly Norton from Las Vegas, NV on 12/12/2008 1:54:03 AM

    Where can I find the rules for playing "The Ghost"?

  2. bralbral from Pasadena, CA on 6/18/2016 8:46:55 PM

    Note that there are multiple ways in which you can "play the ghost" to make it easier or harder as desired.

    In working on one's 9-ball game, for example, one might first want to try and defeat the 7-ball ghost before stepping up to the 9-ball ghost. This would be done by racking and breaking 7 balls or using 9 for the breaking and taking a couple of balls off the table after the break shot.

    Playing the ball-in-hand ghost (BIH ghost), with no penalties for break scratches will similarly be much easier than playing from the position at which the cue-ball comes to rest after the break.

  3. billiardsforumbilliardsforum from Halifax, NS on 8/19/2016 9:16:48 AM

    There are some other discussion and tips on how to play the ghost here:

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