Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Why Do Kicks Happen? Uneven Cushions Solved

Bit of a geeky post i'm afraid.

The uneven cushions issue is easy to explain. They are not uneven! It was shown that chalk reacts with the cushion and gives the ball an extra bounce therefore making it go off the cushion at a faster speed than when it hit the cushion.

The mystery of kicks appears to have finally been resolved by a man named Bob Ledger. He investigated the problem at Leeds University where it was found that the balls pick up a chemical (acetone I think he said) and when they are charged with this and hit another ball, it causes one or both of them to jump ie a kick. Now the root of the problem has been discovered he is meeting with the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) to discuss not using this chemical in the making of cloths which I suggest must be possible as kicks did not occur 20 years ago so now it should be possible to entirely eradicate them from the game.


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