Math In Billiards

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Math In Billiards

Math In BilliardsIn the game of billiards, the objective is to sink each ball on the billiards table with a cue ball & cue stick before your opponent. There are many variations to the game but the same math would apply. First of all, a person must be able to count to 8 for variations such as 8 ball. In the game, the ball must be hit in certain angles depending on the type of shot is to be made. A bank shot or hitting the ball off the rail of the table needs to be at an exact geometric angle so the ball can get to it’s desired hole or “pocket.” A slice or cut shot would also need certain angles. The player will need to understand the transfer of kinetic and potential energy between balls to be able to have more control in shots which math certainly applies. If the player hits the cue ball, they will need to be able to calculate how much energy is appropriate so that the cue ball can hit the target and transfer in order for the ball to reach the pocket. Coming up short or too far on a shot could cost the win in a game. Another main fundamental in billiards is making multi-rail shots. The player would need to calculate where to hit the ball so that it could reach the designated and many times more than one bank is necessary. There have been many studies of the game of pool and many people have calculated formulas in which a person could make every shot consecutively. But the best teacher in billiards would be experience.

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