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Split Shot - Billiard Term Definition

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Definition of Split Shot

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

A split shot occurs when two balls, that are just over a ball's width apart, line up approximately towards your pocket with the cue ball in hand off to the side, lending the opportunity to shoot first into the further-most ball, then immediately caroming it into the ball nearer your pocket, sending that second ball to your pocket. The cue ball generally passes through the two balls in pin ball fashion.

See: split, split hit for more on the meaning of "Split Shot".

Split Shot - Usage

Why don't you execute one of your famous split shot hits?

Billiards - Split Shot

  • Title: Split Shot
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 5/18/2006
  • Last Updated: 10/24/2007 9:49:59 AM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum

Split Shot Comments

  1. mapie1553mapie1553 from United States on 9/23/2012 8:11:25 PM

    A split shot should not be allowed in a game of billiards. You are allowed to call one ball at a time, so how can you be allowed to call two? Because of their positions on the pool table? Split shots are a cheap way out and a disadvantage to the other player.

  2. Timothy CTimothy C from Philadelphia, PA on 5/4/2019 1:23:34 PM

    I say call it the "STUPID SHOT". A split shot is a ridiculous term. Why cant you call it what it is? Its called a combination. A combination or carom.

    I had a friend call a split shot last night in a game of 8 ball. I said you need to call one or the other.

    How could you possibly tell that the cue ball hit both balls at the same exact time unless you had a camera?

    A split-shot? COME ON MAN!

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