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Tangent Line - Billiard Term Definition

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Definition of Tangent Line

Tangent Line is a billiards term that is a part of Billiard Technique Terminology.

One of the critical concepts in pool. The tangent line is an imaginary like that is perpendicular to the line the object ball will follow on any shot that is not straight in. If the cue ball strikes the object ball while it is still skidding, i.E. With out any forward or backward roll, it will move along the tangent line after striking the object ball. This single concept is the basis for all position play in pool. The use of follow and draw allows you to modify the path of the apex ball in relation to the tangent line. Follow will cause the cue ball to travel forward of the tangent line, while draw forces the cue ball to travel a path behind the tangent line.

See: stun shot, stun, stun run through for more on the meaning of "Tangent Line".

Tangent Line - Usage

You absolutely must understand and consider the tangent line in position play.

Billiards - Tangent Line

  • Title: Tangent Line
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 3/15/2006
  • Last Updated: 10/24/2007 9:50:03 AM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum

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