Getting rid of snooker ball 'kicks'

An idea for polishing the object balls as a way of greatly reducing snooker ball 'kicks'

Keith Stevens

We've all seen it on the tele. A professional player makes a perfectly good shot, the balls 'kick', the shot is ruined, and the commentators call it a 'blight on the game'. A kick can often change the outcome of a game or even a match, and we shouldn't have to put up with it.

There's been a lot of research, by the ball manufacturers and universities, but still a solution evades us. But, to me, the cause and remedy is obvious, with the clue coming from the older players. 'When we played with ivory balls,' they say, 'we got no kicks.' So what's the reason?

The answer, in a nutshell

Too much friction between the cue ball and the object ball - simple as that.

The solution is equally simple - spray and buff all the object balls with furniture polish.

Please follow the presentation slides below to more fully understand the mechanism and solution.

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(Last updated August 2011)