extreme form of swerve, played with an almost vertical strike'.
The masse shot is used in extreme situations, often when you are
placed in a snooker. It is particularly useful when there is a short
distance between the cue ball and the snookering ball, or between
the snookering ball and the object ball.
demonstrated in the picture opposite, the masse shot is one of the
few shots that requires extreme downward striking on the cue ball.
cue is held as close to the vertical as possible and brought down
sharply with very little follow through.
The gripping hand is brought down the cue for comfort and control,
with the bridge hand raised on three fingers to form a suitable
groove for the cue.
As you would imagine, this is a difficult discipline to master and
will take a great deal of practice to work out the varying degrees
of spin required to achieve your objectives. How the cue ball will
spin, depends entirely on how you strike it and at what pace.
you strike down on the back of the cue ball, the ball will initially
go forwards and will then come back as the backspin takes effect.
Striking the front of the cue ball will initially propel the ball
backwards, until the spin takes effect and brings the cue ball forward
with extreme topspin.
Should either shot be struck left or right of centre from this vertical
position, the cue ball will react consistent with the side-spin
'Masse' Shot is rarely required, but when played correctly can be
a match winner. Try it out, but be warned - this is a very difficult
part of the game to perform well.
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