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Old 11-03-2012, 12:19 PM   #1
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English Billiards Question

OK, this has been bugging me forever and google has turned up no answers. Why in English Billiards is it considered bad etiquette to pot your opponent's cue ball?
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:48 AM   #2
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Re: English Billiards Question

It's not really bad etiquette what it does is limit your scoring opportunities. With your opponents ball off the table you only have the red to work with.

It is also a safety shot if there is nothing else on. You can pot the white then double baulk your opponent thus making it very difficult for them to score.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:31 AM   #3
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yea its not bad etiquette, keep doing it haha
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:15 AM   #4
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My billiards experience is very limited, 2 league games and around 15 practice games, but I must say even though I don't consider it bad etiquette, whenever I've potted the opponents cue ball, I've heard a few groans around the room. Being 21, playing against opponents mostly aged 60 and above, I think maybe the older generation consider it "the wrong way to play" much like playing deliberate fouls in 8 ball pool.
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:24 AM   #5
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Re: English Billiards Question

ive never played but comparing it to playing a deliberate foul makes it sound disgusting.
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:33 AM   #6
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Re: English Billiards Question

Yea it's considered bad etiquette.
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:13 PM   #7
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i've always apologised for doing so and have no real idea why, as i'm nowhere near good enough for it to end my break
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