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Short Rail - Billiard Term Definition

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Definition of Short Rail

Short Rail is a billiards slang term that is a part of Pool Table Terminology.

On a pool table the "short rail" can change with each shot. On any given shot, the "short rails" are the two rails that form the pocket into which the player is trying to sink the object ball. Each pocket is formed by the meeting of two different rails and depending on which pocket you are shooting at, the short rails are the two rails that meet at that pocket. The relevance of the short rail is that, in various pool games, short rail kicks are permissible and in some games they are outlawed.

The term short rail is often used incorrectly by casual players to refer to the two shorter rails of a billiard, pool, or snooker table. In this context, it is an incorrect term for end rail.

See: end rail for more on the meaning of "Short Rail".

Short Rail - Usage

  • He has a clear shot up the short rail and in to the pocket.
  • Which short rail should the rack be placed near, and which short rail should we break from? (incorrect usage).

Billiards - Short Rail

  • Title: Short Rail
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 1/2/2008 5:27:08 PM
  • Last Updated: 9/25/2016 1:37:56 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum

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