Without a doubt, billiards is meant to be fun – and nothing spoils the fun more quickly than the boorish billiards player.
Don’t be that player.
- Show some cue courtesy. Some players only use one cue. Before you grab one off the rack, ask if the cue you want is already taken.
- Consider your clothing. Think about what you’ll be doing while you play billiards – lots of stretching, reaching, bending, and possibly some crouching – then dress accordingly.
- Rack it right. By that we mean, rack it tight. Loosey-goosey racking techniques can create an unfair advantage from the start.
- Stay off of the table. It’s not a seat – it’s a playing space. And speaking of playing, the rules of the game say that you need to keep one foot on the floor when you’re playing – no ifs, ands or buts.
- Keep your distance. When it’s another player’s turn, steer clear of the table or just have a seat. You don’t want other players to interfere with your stroke and other players don’t want you to interfere with theirs.
- Show the table some love. That means it’s not a place to eat, drink or go nuts with hand powder. Billiards tables are sturdy, but they can only take so much. Playing by these rules is also a way to….
- Respect your opponent. It’s a classic case of “do onto others”. Billiards is more fun when everyone’s getting along.
- Move it along. If you’re playing in a public space, you can’t take a 20-minute “intermission”. Remember, you may have other groups waiting behind you.