This is taken from:
10. Only guys can play pool.
9.I missed because the table wasn't level or the cue wasn't straight or I
was too drunk or ... (In fact, I missed because I failed to take
everything into consideration.)
8.Hitting the cueball ***ly will cause it to stand still after it hits
the object ball. (No; Hitting the cueball so as to impart just the right
amount of backspin causes it to stop dead after hitting the object ball.
Of course, that assumes the shot was perfectly straight and the cue ball
and object ball have the same weight.)
7. Balls bounce off the rails like light off a mirror. (No. The angle of
incidence does not equal the angle of 'reflection' in pool bank shots.
Learning how to predict the angle is a science, not a mysterious art.)
6. Great pool players win because they can make impossible shots. (No.
Well, actually, they can do this. But, more importantly, they use tactics
to place spin on the cueball so as to position it for the next shot. This
is why top-notch pool players seem to face a larger number of easy shots.)
5. Heavier cue sticks necessarily break better than lighter ones. (No.
Work out the physics; what really matters is how much energy can be
imparted to the cue ball, which depends on how much energy can be put into
the cue stick. The energy in the moving cue stick is equal to one half its
mass times the square of its velocity. Using a slightly lighter cue stick
means you can achieve a higher acceleration with the same force of your
arm. The slightly increased speed has a squared effect in the energy
equation and yields more energy. Switching from 21oz to 19oz makes a world
4. If the cue is kept level, contacting the cueball purely left or right
of its center will make it curve as it rolls. (No. The rolling cue ball
can have two completely independent components to its angular momentum.
Basically, this means that it can rotate in the manner of a top while
rolling slowly forward along a straight line. In general, spin on a cue
ball is of two types; follow/draw is the spin like tires on a car, while
English is the spin like a child's toy 'top'. Seperately, neither one will
make a ball curve! If they are combined - e.g., strike low-left giving
left English and draw - then the spin is called masse (mass-ay), and the
ball will curve as it travels.)
3. Cut shots are harder than straight shots. (No. Work out the geometry;
if one considers how slight changes in the initial cue ball direction
affect the object ball's final path, it can be seen that cutting the
object ball about 35 degrees from the path of the cue ball is the easiest
shot. Straight shots, and cuts shots close to 90 degrees, are the most
difficult shots. This may be the single most useful factoid in pool.)
2. Stance, grips, bridges, mental state, wishing, follow through, etc...
affect the shot. (No. The following is about all that matters: spacial
orientation of the cue stick at the moment of contact, velocity of the cue
stick, geometry of the cue (is it cylindrically symetric and does its
center of mass lie on the center-line of its geometry), the flexibility
and resilience of the cue stick, the coefficient of friction between the
tip and cue ball, the size of the surface area over which the cue tip and
cue ball are in contact, the duration of the contact, the elasticity of
the collision, the relative weights of the cue stick and cue ball, and the
location of the contact point on the ball and on the cue tip. Everything
else improves your chances of getting these things right, but has no real
1. Skill can beat pure luck. (I've been on the wrong end of this fact
several times. :)
> a couple weeks ago. I thought it deserved its own thread. Additions
> Top 10 misconceptions in pool. All Doc's unless otherwise stated.
> 10. Angle in = angle out
> 7. "I could beat you if i wasn't so f*cked up, this is my 57th beer
> tonight, you are not sooo good."
> 6. 37 lb stick is better for breaking than 16 oz stick.
> 4 I shoot better after three beers 'cause they relax me. (David
> 3. Pool is all mental. (Fred Agnir)
> 2. Draw should be used for every shot (this one really bugs me).
> 1. Spin transferred to OB makes it hug rail.
> David Hakala
> Senior Editor
> Denver CO
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