many places this web site has talked about methods of achieving
consistency and also the many
things which can contribute to a lack of consistency.
This section deals with a problem related to consistency and a subject
which has even led to some players giving up the game altogetherůSide-Spin.
Obtaining poor results when attempting to pot balls can happen in
two ways when side is used. One is intentional side-spin and the
other is side spin which is unintentional. Intentional side-spin
is used by almost every player in the game even though very few
understand the various implications which are involved through its
After all how many players, having seen the top stars on television
using side to play certain shots, can't wait to try out those shots
most cases this only halts their progress because even those players
who can devote a lot of time at the practice table find it very
hard to understand side-spin and all its implications. So what price
the ordinary club player who might only play snooker two or three
times a week?
a starting point, I believe that the term 'side spin' should be
used more often, rather than just 'side'. Players would then begin
to realise that there is so much difference between the white ball
rolling with forward momentum only, when compared to a white ball
which is spinning sideways on its way to the object ball.
In the first instance, the white ball, having been struck in the
centre, will move in a straight-line to the point of aim on the
the second instance there is no way that this can happen.
A ball struck to the right of centre will immediately move to the
left of that straight line. Once this is understood it should now
make sense that the harder the ball is struck, the more it will
be forced offline. This however, is only the start of the learning
things to take into consideration are;
How much side spin is being applied as you strike the white
just left (or right) of centre, or alternatively on the extreme
edge of the white ball?
What is the distance between the white and the object ball?
How hard has the shot been played?
What kind of cloth is on the snooker table? Different cloths
mean the white ball will react with a different throw off.
accepted that the cue ball (white ball) will move offline when it
is first struck, it has to be recognised that the white will start
to come back on line at some point and then, if there is enough
distance between the white and the object ball, it will start to
veer off the line in the opposite direction.
Clearly you will now be starting to recognise how complicated the
whole business of applying side-spin can be. It is a very difficult
subject to try and explain thoroughly and even more difficult to
put into practice on the table.
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