# Question: Can You Hit The 8 Ball First?

## Can you hit the 8 ball first in a combo?

Combination shots are allowed; however, the 8-ball cannot be used as a first ball in the combination except when the table is open..

## Do you have to hit your ball first in Pool?

You don’t have the right to hit the other player’s balls first. The first ball that you hit must be one of your own color, or the black if you have no balls left on the table. If you fail in doing this, it’s a fault (SCRATCH). You don’t have the right to put the white ball into a hole.

## Is it a scratch if you don’t hit a ball?

Table Scratch. When a player fails to hit any object ball with the cue ball, it’s considered a table scratch. The same goes for an object ball that fails to touch either a cushion or a pocket.

## Do you have to call your shot in 8 ball?

Eight Ball is generally played as a call shot game, which means that before you hit a ball, you must call the shot. First you pick your shot, then you say it aloud so your opponent can hear you: “Five ball in the corner pocket” or whatever the shot is that you’re about to make.

## Can you hit opposite ball in pool?

Yes, when your cue ball make contact with your own object ball, it can make contact with opponent object ball. For 8-ball and 9-ball pool, which require to call pocket, accidental potting of opponent will return the turn back to your opponent.

## How do you lose in a pool?

If the player pockets the 8 ball and commits a foul or pockets it into another pocket than the one designated, then the player loses the game. Otherwise (i.e., if the 8 ball is neither pocketed nor knocked off the table) the shooter’s turn is simply over, even if a foul occurs.

## Is the 8 ball Neutral?

The 8-ball is not neutral. A player is credited with all balls he legally pockets. When a player does not pocket one of his balls but pockets an opponent’s ball, he loses his turn. The opponent gets credit for the pocketed ball. No pocketed ball is ever spotted.

## What happens if you sink a ball on the break?

Likewise, if you sink the 8 ball on the break, you don’t win. You either spot the 8 ball or re-rack. … After the break, the table is open regardless of whether or not any balls have been pocketed. When a player pockets a called ball following the break, that’s when you choose whether you’re solids or stripes.

## Is ball in hand a real rule?

“Ball in hand” means you are allowed to place the cue ball anywhere on the table (with the exception of fouls on the break which result in “ball in hand” behind the head string) and shoot any of your balls (or the 8, if all your category of balls has been pocketed.)

## Do pool balls get old?

The average billiard balls wear out after about a year of use to a size that is no longer considered to meet specifications. The cue ball will degrade faster due to constantly being struck by cue tips. However, if your pool table isn’t subjected to much use, then your balls can last well over a year.

## Can you scratch after the 8 ball goes in?

In 8-ball, if you’re trying to pocket the 8 ball, it’s loss of game. If you pocket an object ball and scratch, you lose your turn but the object ball you pocketed stays in, so scratching becomes part of the game strategy since usually a pocketed object ball is worth loss of turn.

## Is hitting 3 walls a scratch?

Must hit a rail after you hit your ball and must hit your ball first. Bar rules (don’t quote me as there are many many variations): behind the line on a scratch, don’t need to hit your ball first, some play 3 rails is a scratch, some don’t. Any scratch on the 8 is a loss, early 8 is a loss. Not open off the break.

## Do you get 2 shots on the black pool?

If it’s just the black on the table, 1 shot. If you are on the black and there’s other balls left for your opponent, 2 shots.

Unless otherwise stated in rules for a specific game it is legal to cause the cue ball to rise off the bed of the table by elevating the cue stick on the shot, and forcing the cue ball to rebound from the bed of the table. Any miscue when executing a jump shot is a foul.

## What happens if u hit the 8 ball?

3. If a player fails to hit the 8-ball while shooting at it, it is a foul and the game continues. … If any object ball is jumped off the table, it is a foul and loss of turn, unless it is the 8-ball, which is a loss of game. Any jumped object balls are spotted in numerical order.

## Do you lose if you miss the black ball?

a) If a player pockets the black ball before all the balls in their own group10, the player loses the game. … d) A player who clearly fails to make any attempt to play a ball of their own group will lose the game.