(FAQ) Laws of Pool

(About the Author)

As you migrate from a casual bar banger pool player to a serious interest in the Green Game, it becomes more and more apparent that there are a set of laws that apply specifically to this sport. Maybe the word “laws” is too restrictive – but they seem to have the same weight as the law of gravity.

In all of your memories of playing pool, these are the situations that are the most memorable. There are times when they don't apply – but no one remembers that. When these things happen – it feels like a personal intervention from the hands of any one of the many billiard gods.

  • The more balls you make in an inning, the easier it is to miss an easy shot.
  • On a 9 Ball hill-hill game, if you make the 9 ball, the cue ball will scratch.
  • The better you play, the easier you can be beaten by a lesser player.
  • The better you get, the worse your luck.
  • If more that the game becomes competitive, the louder the music and background noise.
  • The longer you have to wait before your match, the greater the chance of losing.
  • If the planned cue ball path is supposed to be within 6 inches of a pocket, it will scratch in that pocket.
  • If shooting a difficult shot and the next shot looks easy, the cue ball will stop at a table location where the next pool shot is impossible.
  • If you make a successful bank shot, your next shot will also be a bank shot – and it will not be successful.
  • If you get perfect position on a shot, the chances of missing go up immensely. And, even if you make the shot, your next shot will be out of position.
  • The importance of making the pool shot improves the chances of either a miscue or a really stupid result you cannot justify.
  • The more difficult the successful shot is, the fewer people there are congratulate you on your success. On the other hand, when you miss the easiest shot with money or pride on the line, there will be dozens of witnesses.

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