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Semi Masse Shot - Billiard Term Definition

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Definition of Semi Masse Shot

Semi Masse Shot is a billiards term that is a part of Billiard Technique Terminology.

A semi masse shot is a type of cue sport shot that imparts english on the cue ball with a highly raised cue stick during the shot's execution. This type of shot results in a curve or arc trajectory. It should also be noted that due to the unpredictable angle of contact with the object ball, swerve shots are more difficult to control than are straight shots. In competitive matchplay, a semi masse shot is typically usually used as a last resort, for example when the shooting player wants to escape from an otherwise unplayable snooker. However, very good players do occasionally play swerve pots.

See: curve shot, masse shot, arc, masse, semi masse, semi masse shot for more on the meaning of "Semi Masse Shot".

Semi Masse Shot - Usage

Semi masse shots are extremely difficult for the novice billiard player.

Billiards - Semi Masse Shot

  • Title: Semi Masse Shot
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 1/6/2008 4:49:20 PM

Semi Masse Shot Comments

  1. user1232344155user1232344155 from Toronto, ON on 1/19/2009 5:49:15 AM

    How about some diagrams?

  2. billiardsforumbilliardsforum from Halifax, NS on 1/19/2009 6:13:54 AM

    This one is almost impossible to illustrate in an image. The semi massé shot is one where you have to depict the high strike angle, the fact that you are using side english (hitting the cue ball either to the left or the right of the center), and the fact that the cue ball will travel with some spin. I'll try to locate a video of a semi-massé shot instead. Also, if anyone has or knows of either an image or diagram, or a video showing a semi-massé shot, please let me know or post an update below.

    Here is a video of slow-motion massé shots. There are a few semi-massé shots in here e.g. the ones with a less-pronounced curve.

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