What is Running English in Pool?

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Running english helps you run the cue ball around the table with speed. Get expert tips and advice on billiards tables and pool cues in this free video series.

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OKay, now let's get into some other English terms, besides those that we just used. We used right hand English and we used left hand English, but now we're going to get into some terminology that pool players use. We've got four different types of English, besides the directional English. We've got four different types that are commonly used amongst advanced players and those are running English, reverse English, inside English, and outside English. What makes the difference? That's what we're going to look at here. First of all we'll go with running English. Running English is a, well it's a spin on the cue ball that's going to be in the direction, as the same direction that the ball is traveling. In other words, if I shoot this cue ball into this cushion at this angle here, without any English on it, it's supposed to come off at pretty much the same angle that it came in at. However, if I put right hand English on it, there's two things going to happen. It's going to kick off of that cushion and it's going to pick up some speed, just a little bit. Next thing that's going to happen, it's going to open up the angle more so that it comes down this direction here. We call that running English because you use that for that extra speed and that open angle to run the cue ball around the table. So, it would be running English. Now, in this case it's right hand because I'm going to the right around the table. If I was going to the left, then left hand English would be running English around that way. Let's just take a quick look at this right here, and see where it ends up with running English. See how it opened up the angle? Picked up a little speed, ran around the table.

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