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Sights - Billiard Term Definition

Welcome to the billiard, pool, and snooker glossary of terms. This is the definition of Sights as it relates to cue sports. You can also view the entire billiard dictionary

Definition of Sights

Sights is a billiards term that is a part of Pool Table Terminology.

On a pool table, sights are visual markers that evenly divide the sections of the cushions between the pockets. Sights are typically inlaid into the top of the pool table's rails.

Sights are sometimes used by pool players to help line-up a bank shot. There are a number of billiard "aiming systems" which are designed around using the pool table sights.

The use of sights in aiming and in forming the correct angle in billiard shot-making is sometimes referred to as using the diamond system.

Pool table sights are commonly referred to as dots, diamonds, markers, and rail markers, among other terms. Pool table sights are sometimes referred to as diamonds as they are often diamond shaped. Circle-shaped sights are also common.

Below is a salesman sample from Olhausen, manufacturer of pool tables, showing the various options for rail sights you can choose from when ordering a pool table.

Different types of pool table sights from Olhausen

See: diamonds, dots, diamond system for more on the meaning of "Sights".

Sights - Usage

The only way I was able to make that shot was to use the sights to get the correct angle.

Billiards - Sights

  • Title: Sights
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 2/23/2019 6:36:24 AM
  • Last Updated: 2/23/2019 7:03:03 AM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum

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