How to Use a Snooker Rest

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How to Use a Snooker Rest
Snooker involves a cue and cue ball, as in billiards and pool. (white cue ball image by Paul Mitchell from

In the game of snooker, the rest allows players to reach farther than the cue ordinarily allows. It has a long stick with a wooden "X" at one end, on which the player rests his cue, hence the name "rest." For the best results, practice using the rest regularly and employ it only when absolutely necessary, as using the rest involves adjustments that make it more difficult to take a shot.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Set the rest on the snooker table, in the position your cue would go if it reached. Avoid touching any balls with the rest, as this constitutes a foul.

  2. 2

    Rest the end nearest to you on the table, on the cushion or in the palm of your nondominant hand, usually the left, according to personal preference. Again, do not disturb any balls on the table.

  3. 3

    Position the "X" so the longer end sits on the table, roughly 10 inches away from the cue ball, if possible. This avoids top spin.

  4. 4

    Rest the potting end of the cue in the centre of the "X."

  5. 5

    Adjust the position of the rest and the cue ready for the shot.

  6. 6

    Hold the cue in your dominant hand, usually the right hand, with two fingers on top and your thumb on the bottom.

  7. 7

    Take the shot, taking care to strike the centre of the cue ball, as you would for a normal shot. You may need to lift up the rest immediately to avoid clashes with moving balls.

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