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Posted on 19th May 2001 by Sue Creamer of Portsmouth.

Can anyone give me a list of all the snooker shots?

This list of 40 may not be complete, if you can add to it please make contact snookergames.

The two most obvious are 'pots' and 'safety' shots. When the pot is played with great strength it is known as a 'forcing' (or 'power') shot. If the pot is played to pocket the ball in one side of the pocket or the other it is described as trying to 'force an angle'. Safety shots can be described as either 'attacking', when the opponent is left with a very difficult shot; or 'containing' or 'defensive', where the opponent can play an easy safety in return. The best safety shot of course is a 'snooker', and when you are snookered you have to play an 'escape' shot.

To make the next shot easier you would be playing 'position'. When playing for the cue-ball to strike another ball or balls after the one you strike first, you would be playing for a 'cannon' or a 'kiss'. To strike the same object-ball twice (usually on a rebound from a cushion) would be a 'double-kiss'. To play one object-ball onto another is a 'plant'.

By playing to rebound an object-ball from a cushion into the (usually centre) pocket, would be a 'double', variations of which include the 'double-double' (or 'treble'), 'reverse-double' and the 'cocked-hat'.

By striking the cue-ball above centre you would be playing a 'run-through', by striking dead centre (or slightly above) you would be playing a 'plain ball', 'stun' or 'stun run-through'. Striking below centre, you can play 'screw', 'deep screw', 'slow screw' and 'drag'. Playing left or right of centre would be a 'side' shot.

By striking down on the cue-ball (with the cue at about 45° or less) you would be playing a 'swerve'. With the cue from about 45° to vertical, you can play the 'massé' and 'piqué'.

The 'massé' forces the cue-ball to curve by a combination of back-spin and side-spin. If the 'massé' is played without resting the bridge-hand on the table, it is termed a 'grand massé'. The 'piqué' stroke is a screw shot played with a vertical cue, when the balls are so close that there is not enough room to follow through with the cue
held horizontally.

Until 1934 snookering behind a free ball was a legitimate stroke. Playing softly to roll the cue-ball up to touch the free ball was known as the 'Crawl' stroke.

And last but not least there are the:-

'foul', 'fluke', 'in-off', 'jump', 'miss' and 'miscue'.

Contributed by David Christmas of Doncaster on 9th March 2002.

Here are four more:- The 'Push' shot, 'Check' & 'Running' side, and the 'Break' shot.

Posted on 9th May 2001 by Mark Kerridge of Hadleigh.

The Pink and Black Ball are the only balls on the table. The player pots the pink, but the cue ball also gets potted. In this situation, as well as the cue ball being placed in the 'D', would the pink be respotted or would it stay down?

The pink would be respotted, it cannot be legally potted when a foul is made in the same stroke. The offending player would score nothing for the shot, and his opponent would have six points added to his score.

Posted on 2nd May 2001 by Ross Mooney of Bromsgrove.

Where can I get snooker tuition in Worcestershire or the West Midlands, and what are the fees?

Have a look in your local Yellow Pages, find the snooker clubs that are nearest to you, and give them a call. If none of them have a resident coach, or know of one, you may have to travel a little further. Try the World Snooker Association who have a list of Official Coaches. The fees would vary, so just check before you book.

Posted on 30th April 2001 by Phil Thoms of Ramsey, Isle of Man.

One red is left on the table and the striker has a free ball, he nominates black as the free ball but goes in-off. What are the points awarded to his opponent, 4 or 7?

4 points would be awarded to the opponent.

The "free ball" counts as the ball "on" for the duration of the shot. So in the example you give his opponent would gain 4 points for any foul.

Posted on 30th April 2001 by Steve Roberts of Cambridge.

I am interested in becoming a snooker referee. Do you know who I can contact to find out more?

Yes, you must contact the English Association of Snooker and Biliards, they will put you in touch with a local tutor to begin the formalities.

Posted on 30th April 2001 by Robert Coterill.

Could you please end a dispute in our local club. If I potted the green ball and its spot was occupied, and the only available spots it could go on were the blue, pink, and black, which spot would you put the green on?

In the example you give the green would be respotted on the black spot. The rules quite clearly state that if its own spot is occupied, then it must be placed on the highest spot available.

Posted on 9th April 2001 by Steve Taylor of Ipswich.

I have just started playing snooker, and wish to know where the best position is for the cue ball to rest, after breaking at the start of the game.

Perhaps best of all would be tight behind one of the three baulk colours - but this is hardly realistic. You should try to get the cue-ball as tight to the baulk cushion as you can - this will make your opponent's shot as awkward as possible.

Posted on 9th April 2001 by Louise, of Johnstone, Scotland.

Can anyone tell me what football team Stephen Maguire supports, and settle an argument?

Can anyone help?     The answer will be posted here.

Submitted by Allan Mackenzie of Glasgow on 25th August 2008.

Stephen Maguire supports Celtic.

Posted on 7th April 2001 by Benjamin of Selangor, Malaysia.

I have been playing snooker since I was 12 years old, and am now 16. I used to play a lot but have recently played only a few times a month. I find that my 'form' has decreased a lot. What is your advice to help me play better?

You simply need to begin playing regularly again. Without frequent practice you will lose the familiarity you had of the angles, the weight of your cue, the strength you should use for each shot, and your ability to aim accurately. Lack of practice also brings lack of confidence.

So get back into regular practice, concentrate on pushing the cue through straight, and don't take your eye off the object-ball until the cue-ball has hit it. You will soon regain your form.

Posted on 24th March 2001 by Sandy McGill of Dundee.

Can you please confirm or otherwise if there was ever a PURPLE ball used in the game of snooker and if so where was it positioned and what was its value.

I seem to recall it being between the pink and blue and worth 10 points. Possibly when the game was played in India in the days of the British Empire.

Purple and orange balls were added to the normal set for the game of Snooker Plus, which is far more recent than you suggest.

It was invented by Joe Davis and made known to the public on October 26th 1959.

The rules are included in the official rule book of 1968/69 and show the orange (8 points) being placed between the pink and the blue, and the purple (10 points) being placed between the blue and the brown.

There was no other difference, the six normal colours being taken in their normal sequence, followed by orange and then purple. If the frame score was then tied, purple was respotted on the black spot.

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