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Reverse English - Billiard Term Definition

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Definition of Reverse English

Reverse English is a billiards term that is a part of Billiard Technique Terminology.

Reverse english refers to the side spin of a cue ball that causes it to carom unnaturally from a rail when contacted at an angle. The unnatural carom occurs against the ball's direction of travel and its momentum, rather than with it. When reverse english is used, the angle of deflection of the cue ball will be narrower or steeper that if the shooting player did not apply any english. Reverse english has a spin opposite to the direction of the Carom, with the result of slowing the cue ball and shrinking the angle that the cue ball comes from the rail. Reverse english is used, for example, when you need to kick a ball and don't have a straight angle. If the shooting player is angling in to a rail that is to the left of the shot, then the application of left english to the cue ball would be considered reverse english in that situation, and vice versa. Reverse english is considered an opposite to running english, also called running side, although they are not exact opposites.

See: english, body english, helping english, hold up english, inside english, natural english, outside english, running english, side english, transferred english, unintentional english, left, right, side, side spin, sidespin, deflection, siding for more on the meaning of "Reverse English".

Reverse English - Usage

Because you are caroming it off that cushion, and you need a steeper angle, you should utilize some reverse english.

Billiards - Reverse English

  • Title: Reverse English
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 3/19/2006
  • Last Updated: 1/2/2008 11:49:52 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum

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