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I Billiards. I' 48.—CROSS CANNONS. I I I By RlSO LEVI (Copyright). Diagram 638 illustrates one 01 these short cross-cannons. The position with slight variations is a constantly occurring one and should not present any difficulty to very moderate players. With the objeotbaHs to the measurements given under the diagram the cannon is a liaif-ball stroke with a, little rumming-side—that is, with the side which will 'be running side off the side cushion. Very good after-position oan be obtained as the result of this cannon, but in order to ensure this the stroke should be played in a different way when the object ball near the cushion is the white from what is neces- sary when the red lies there. When the oannon is played quite slowly, the ball near the cushion is dribbled up to the corner pocket. This stroke is jfihown on Diagra-m 638; and when the red is the first object ball it is a good enough stroke to play, ^or pro- vided the red comes to rest quite close to the pocket either a pot or an in-off will be on I for the next stroke. If, however, the red should enter the pocket as the result of the cannon the after-position may or may not be good, as it will depend upon how the cue ball has taken the object white. Conse- quently, when playing to dribble the red up to the podket care must be taken that it does not fall in. In strokes of this nature, Diagram 658.—A calmon, dribbling ,the Tea up to I the pocket, played withrunUlJlg-s¡de, Red ball close to the side cushion and 43 inches from the top cushion. Object white 11 inches from the side cushion and 37 inches from the top cuahton. very many good amateurs are quite con- tent to take the risk of the red entering the pocket. On the face of it. it certainly looks a very slight risk to take, for it would be long odds a-gai-nst the red going down if any ordinary player played for nothing else than the pot. It is, however, remarkable how often a ball will enter a pocket when in positions of this nature no att,empt is made to keep it out. In fact, even when the player has played to-prevent, it from entering the pocket it will often still go in. Just the same thing occurs in top-of-the-table play. The position may be suoh that a cannon has to be played off the red, -but the red must be kept out of the pocket for the sake of the after-position. The pot by itself may not be an easy stroke, yet the player playing to keep the red out often gets the five shot. Even great players like Stevenson and Dawson occasional 1 y get a five shot at the top of the table when playing to avoid the pot. A pot with the object ball a considerable distance from the ,pocket and with the cue ball at an angle witih the object ball and the pocket is a difficult stroke, for the reason that unless thevobject ball is hit on one particular spot it must fail. When, however, a oannon is of such a nature that the object bail must be hit somewhere near what may be called the potting spot, it is easy to understand how a slight error in judgment or in aim may cause the object ball to be hit exactly on this potting -spot, with the resuJt that it eliters the pocket. When playing to dribble the red to the pocket, as show-n oh Diagram 638, drag should be used in order to render a slow stroke a. safe one. Xr. Levfa artletw AVVW .eq S*tafd*y In J tbe "/SweqtDg Expwe*? of "JI appe=ai-.on- 0cWber¡.



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