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TAP Las Vegas follows the National rules with clarifications made in the "TAP LV Addendum."

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Defining a Push Shot/Double Hit/Balls Frozen, along with a few helpful shooting tips.....

The "push shot" and a "double hit" are probably the most controversial shots ever made. Both of these shots typically involve the cue ball and the object ball usually being less than a chalk distance from one another.

The double hit is typically not seen by the shooter, hence, causing controversy. When the balls are this close together, the cue ball hits the object ball and stops. The cue stick continues forward. If the player is shooting straight into the object ball, it is at this point where the cue stick hits the cue ball a second time and the foul occurs.

Players can avoid this by shooting at an angle. In a push shot, the shooter is actually keeping the tip of the cue on the cue ball as it hits the object ball, pushing through the object ball. This is also foul.

So why is it that players can shoot directly into the cue ball if the balls are frozen? That's because neither can occur. If a player shoots directly into the object ball with the cue ball frozen, both balls will move forward. The cue ball doesn't stop and allow for that double hit. As for the push shot, the balls are frozen, so the cue ball is not hitting the object ball. They're just traveling forward together.

We found the 8 minute video above by Mike Page that explains and simplifies the push shot, double hit and balls frozen. He goes a little off the subject while teaching the viewer a few cool shots. Watch it to the end, where he will conclude with a visual of a push shot. Some of the best advice to give players to minimize the controversy is to have a referee or third party watch these hits. If this doesn't happen, the shot will typically go to the shooter.

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