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Miss the Kiss - Viking Cues Tip of the Week with Mike Roque, author of Build Your Game.

Posted by on February 27, 2017

Viking Cue's Tip of the Week with Mike Roque, author of "Build Your Game"

We’ve all been there… Give this week’s tip a try.


“If the ball is close to the cushion and you’re going to bank it, try using inside english.”

-Ewa Mataya Laurance

WHEN BANKING a ball close to a rail, there is always a danger it will kiss into the cue ball as it rebounds off the cushion. However, you can beat the kiss by over–cutting the object ball and applying inside english to the cue ball.

The basic premise is simple. A thinner hit on the object ball cuts the object ball more. This widens the angle going into the rail allowing the object ball to miss the cue ball.

When you cut the ball more, however, it will bank long and miss the pocket. The inside English compensates for the extra cut by putting reverse spin on the object ball.

The end result is that the object ball goes into the rail with a wider angle and shortens up as it leaves the rail. This gets the cue ball out of the way and keeps the banked object ball on track to the pocket.

To avoid any confusion, keep it clear in your mind: to bank left, use left english, to bank right use right english.

You’ll need to experiment with this technique as balls close to a rail generally slide into the rail, whereas balls a little farther away roll into the rail. Consequently, they will react differently and it takes a while to develop a feel for it.

Close to the rail? Have to bank? Miss the kiss with inside english.

Love our Tuesday Tip of the Week with Mike Roque, you can purchase your own copy of the his book "Build Your Game" at the BEBOB Publishing Website at http://bebobpublishing.com/morebooks.htm

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