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Rail First - Billiard Term Definition

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Definition of Rail First

Rail First is a billiards term that is a part of Billiard Technique Terminology.

In one pocket, rail first is similar to kick, except rail first implies to lightly bank the cue ball off the adjacent rail that runs most parallel to your shot, while still striking the object ball generally from the front. This is often used to achieve different position than what would be available by shooting directly at the object ball, or to avoid an inevitable kiss or pocket scratch if the object ball was hit directly.

Rail First - Usage

Why don't you approach the shot rail first? It can't hurt, because you have nothing else, and it actually looks achievable from here.

Billiards - Rail First

  • Title: Rail First
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 5/18/2006
  • Last Updated: 10/24/2007 9:49:52 AM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum

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