- Oct 1, 2011
In these rules discussion, the first thing I always say is forget the actual rules, because they aren't very good many times.I owe 1ball...I have a ball hanging in my pocket, my opponent shoots a ball into his hole and attempts to draw the cue ball into my hanging ball, while committing the stroke he inadvertently hits the hanging ball with his cue stick pocketing my ball....the cue scratches in my hole...
My contention is it is a foul he's spots 2 balls and my ball is replaced where it lay, my shot ball in hand in the kitchen.
He says all 3 balls spot...his scratch penalty, the ball he made, and my ball because I owe one...(along with some minor crumbling about not scratching had he not hit my ball with his stick
If you can just knock in a hanger with your cue and it spots, can't we just knock in hangers accidentally all the time. The rules have to punish.
If I was TD, I'd probably rule ball in hand in the kitchen, hanger is put back up. If somebody questioned me, i'd tell him he were lucky he didn't lose the game by doing what he did - but he has to be "punished" though. The other thing is though, the cb would have knocked the hanger in anyway. And I really would not care if I am technically "wrong", because this is what I think is the right decision.