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Old 08-22-2014, 05:29 PM
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Default ....PJ....this is my definition of English.....

…..my definition for English that has Evolved over the years...thru the process of "trial and error"....and that I have come to accept as my own is this:

………..the SPIN around the Vertical or Horizontal axis deliberately imparted to a CB that is driven by the impact from the Cue Tip……this…….English has a marked effect on the CB rebound angle off of cushions ……though not off of the OB……unless DRAW or FOLLOW is added……..and is thus crucial for gaining shape ……..and it can also be used to throw an OB causing it to veer off its otherwise expected trajectory……as in……”to cheat the pocket”…….and for other effects……

…the 5 types of English are as follows:

1. Draw
2. Follow
3. Inside
4. Outside
5. Passing

……Draw is the reversing of the natural rotation on its horizontal axis…..of the CB….before and after contact with the OB……the range varies from…slowing down to actually reversing the forward motion of the CB…..

……Follow is the exaggeration of the natural rotation on its horizontal axis …..of the CB……after contact with the OB…..

……Inside is the imparting of a spin on the Vertical axis…of the CB…which is derived by striking the CB on the side……away from the cut angle of the shot itself….. and forcing the gear action of Friction to throw the OB onto a caused trajectory….toward the cut angle….

….Outside is the imparting of a spin on the Vertical axis….of the CB… which is derived by striking the CB on the side....toward the cut angle of the shot itself…..and forcing the gear action of Friction to throw the OB onto a caused trajectory….away from the cut angle….

…….Passing is the natural gear action of Friction toward the cut angle……transferred to the OB by the forward and angular (to the OB) travel of the CB …..when it impacts the OB…..without the assistance of side English……(draw will exaggerate this and follow will decrease it)



.......(imo) "the decision to use....side spin ...and which (inside or outside) to use......should be qualified by considering the following"....

…...is my primary reason for using side spin,

1. to increase throw of the OB already directed by the passing English ?....

2. to counteract the passing English ...and alter the trajectory of the OB ?....

3. to control the path of the CB ?...

4. a combination of the above ?.....


...#1 uses inside English to impart a of change of OB trajectory toward the cut angle of the shot....

...#2 uses outside English to negate the passing English and alter the natural trajectory of the OB away from the cut angle of the shot…..

…..#3 uses English to control the trajectory of the CB after contact with an OB or a rail….(unless a Masse’ is produced whereby the trajectory of the CB changes before contact with the OB...and inside English allowing the contact point to be beyond the line of sight (the Bowling ball affect))

……#4 is like multi tasking…..controlling the trajectory of the OB…and at the same time the trajectory of the CB….before and or after contact with the OB (much more difficult).....


.......You can see how that affects your decision to use...the side spin....by polling your use during play......after you use the side spin....think back and see.........what was the.....the primary reason for the use.......of the side spin ?.....

....(imo) I think You'll find that the primary reason...is to control...the CB......and the throw on the OB is secondary.....

.......that being said.....the throw of the OB...is an essential part of any shot...and needs to be addressed....to achieve the correct contact point on the OB to pocket or position it….

......now because my definition is an ongoing evolutionary process....I humbly and readily accept any and all....corrections or contributions to it......
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