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Touching Ball - Billiard Term Definition

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Definition of Touching Ball

Touching Ball is a billiards term that is a part of Game Rule Terminology.

Touching ball is a situation in snooker where the shot begins with the cue ball resting against, and touching, another ball. If this other ball is a legal ball, or ball on, for that player, simply hitting the cue ball away from it is sufficient enough to say that the cue ball hit it, and thus, that the shot was legal. However, if the ball moves, a push shot is deemed to have occurred, and thus, the shot is assessed a foul. It would also be a foul if the touching ball was not a legal ball.

See: touching-ball for more on the meaning of "Touching Ball".

Touching Ball - Usage

You never really hit anything after you made the shot, but since the cue ball was touching another legal ball, it was considered a touching ball situation, and thus, was a legal shot.

Billiards - Touching Ball

  • Title: Touching Ball
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 12/20/2007 10:03:03 PM

Touching Ball Comments

  1. philjackphiljack from Cyprus on 9/27/2008 8:45:32 PM

    If the "touching ball" is a color, and the ball to be played next is a red, then what is the rule?

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