• Timothy White

Avoiding the Double Kiss.. or not!

Updated: Jun 12

The zone is an area within a bank shot that has heightened sensitivity, the stimulation of which may result in the production of a double kiss. When the cue ball makes contact twice with the object ball, it is called a double kiss. The second “kiss” (touch) is not typically ordinarily intentional.

The word kiss came from Old English cyssan (“to kiss”), in turn from coss (“a kiss”). In the cue sports, a kiss is an instance of contact between balls, usually used in the context of describing an object ball contacting another object ball (e.g., "the 6-ball kissed off the 9-ball”), or in snooker, the cue ball making contact with some object ball after the initial contact with a ball on. If the player intends to cause two object balls to kiss (e.g., to pocket a shot ball by ricocheting it off a stationary one), it is often called a kiss shot. However, when banking, there is a zone (area) where the cue ball and object ball produce a second unintentional collision. Once at the initial contact point and then again on the rebound. This second kiss will dramatically cause the object ball to miss the intended pocket.

You can locate this zone by seeing two parallel lines on each side of the cue ball and then connecting each line to the reflected intended pocket. If any part of the intended object ball is touching either line, it is in this zone, and there is a chance for a double kiss.

By tweaking the erogenous relationship of the A.S.S., you can avoid the double kiss.

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