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"Doubling the Ball"

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.

It 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.

Playing 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 double available.

In Figure 2 the back double is shown, playing a ball back upon itself towards the centre pocket. .

Figure 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.

Figure 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.

Many 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.

Perhaps 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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