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"Potting Cannons


In years gone by, many people would have played billiards before moving on to snooker.

This would have provided them with the skill and knowledge which could be utilised to good effect on the snooker table. In the modern era many of today's snooker players have never experienced the benefits of playing and learning the game of billiards.

This can sometimes affect shot selection due to a lack of awareness.

One of the core skills of billiards is the half-ball in-off. This is a shot frequently played in billiards to continue a break, sending the white ball into the pocket off balls positioned centrally in the middle and towards the bottom of the table.

Practice the examples shown in the pictures opposite and then seek to use your increased knowledge of angles if the opportunity arises during a frame.

If a red is situated over a pocket and there is no clear path to it from the white, then consider attacking the red by playing the white off another red and cannoning the white onto the ball over the pocket.

The natural instinct is to try and pot one red onto another in this situation, but you will discover that it is easier to cannon the cue ball off the first red to pot the second.

Practice from both sides of the table to familiarise yourself with the reaction of the cue ball. The shots shown are played half-ball, without side, to achieve the cannon and pot of the ball over the pocket.

Practice with side and also with different strength of shots to see how it affects the cue balls path.

Furthering your knowledge in abstract areas of the game will enhance your overall understanding of snooker and greatly accelerate your learning curve.


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