Cue Ball in Hand


Dear Sirs,

I was just playing 8-ball with my friend and we have some serious misunderstandings about the term "cue ball on hand". Can you clarify this for us?




The cue ball in hand is a foul penalty used in 8ball pool and other pocket billiard games. When one player commits a foul, the second player is awarded "cue ball in hand behind the head string". It means that the incoming player of the offender can use his hand to place the cue ball on the area below the head string (the line on the head of the table between the second diamonds of the long rails passing through the head spot). To be more specific, the base of the cue ball has to be on the head string or below it.

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