Potting balls off the cushion or 'doubles' as they are commonly
known, can be a useful way of beginning a break when nothing else
is available for you to pot.
can also be an attacking shot towards the end of a frame when one
successful pot can make all the difference.
The double is most certainly a shot which you should have in your
armoury, and one which you should not worry about attempting if
circumstances dictate. Although any double attempted can be risky,
the rewards can be just as high as the risks involved.
shots such as the double help you to remain positive, sometimes
keeping your destiny within your own grasp.
In Figure 1, the 'cross double' is depicted, probably the easiest
In Figure 2 the back double is shown, playing a ball back upon itself
towards the centre pocket. .
3 shows the 'long double', a full table shot which is extremely
difficult to make, but worth a go in certain circumstances if the
white can be controlled.
4 shows the
'cocked hat' double. This double is played off two cushions as shown.
The shot is very hard to 'make' consistently and is
normally used with safety in mind, promoting the white to safety
onto either the top or baulk cushion.
snooker commentators and
players consider the risks associated with doubles to be too high.
This is especially so at the very top level where one mistake or
error of judgement can result in the end of a frame.
this attitude would not be as prevelant if Dennis Taylor had converted
the doubled black in his epic final with Steve Davis in 1985. Winning
a major final with a double would have raised awareness and profile
of the potential advantages these shots can provide.
Practice all your doubles properly and learn your angles. A double
is a potential framewinner!
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