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billiard cueclick to hear

Long wooden stick that the player holds to hit the cue ball; the player chooses the cue’s diameter, length and weight (no more than 25 oz).
billiard cue butt shaft tip ferrule joint rack chalk bridge endpiece notch shaft

butt click to hear

Wide part of the cue; players choose the diameter that best fits their hands.

shaft click to hear

Tapered part of the cue on which the player places the fingers to line up the shot.

tip click to hear

Round piece of leather or felt on the end of the cue for hitting the cue ball; it is also the only component that can touch a ball.

ferrule click to hear

Piece of hard plastic at the front end of the cue to support the tip.

joint click to hear

Cylindrical part for joining the shaft with the butt of a collapsible cue.

rack click to hear

Triangular piece of wood or plastic for lining up the balls on the table at the start of a game.

chalk click to hear

Small cube of chalky powder that is rubbed onto the tip of the cue to improve contact with the cue ball.

bridge click to hear

Stick with a toothed head for shooting with the cue when the cue ball is out of the player’s reach.

endpiece click to hear

Piece of toothed metal to support and guide the cue.

notch click to hear

Space between the teeth on which the cue’s shaft is placed.

shaft click to hear

Long part of the bridge; the endpiece is attached to it.