What is squirt (CB deflection) and how is it different from swerve (CB curve)?

From the online glossary:

squirt (AKA “cue ball deflection”): angular displacement of the cue ball’s path away from the cue stroking direction caused by the use of sidespin.

swerve: curve of the cue ball’s path while sliding due to cue elevation and sidespin.

cue ball deflection: same as “squirt;” also sometimes used to describe the net effect of squirt and swerve (AKA “squerve” or “effective squirt” or “net cue ball deflection”).

net cue ball deflection (AKA “squerve” or “effective squirt”): the net effect of “squirt” and “swerve” (i.e., the cue ball deflection off the aiming line at object ball impact).

effective squirt (AKA “squerve”): same as “net cue ball deflection.”

Total or net or effective CB deflection is the end result of of both squirt (sometimes also called “deflection”) and swerve. Throw also affects some shots (some more than others). A complete summary and demonstration of all squirt, swerve, and throw effects can be found here:

complete summary of all squirt, swerve, and throw effects (with supporting resources)

Squirt depends on the amount of sidespin used and the properties (endmass) of the shaft. Swerve depends on shot speed, shot distance, the amount of sidespin, cue elevation, and ball/cloth conditions. See the effects summary resource page for explanations and demonstrations. Vertical tip position (for draw and follow) also affect squirt and swerve. For more info, see: squirt and swerve draw and follow effects. Again, net CB deflection is a result of the combined effects of squirt and swerve.

Here are some video demonstrations and explanations of squirt, swerve, and throw:

How can you predict the directions and amounts of squirt, swerve, and throw with various types of shots?

Here’s a diagram from “Squirt – Part I: introduction” (BD, August, 2007) that shows all of the effects involved with using sidespin:

english (sidespin) effects (squirt, swerve, throw)

Some people might think the throw direction in the diagram is wrong due to collision- or cut-induced throw (CIT). Think about it yourself and decide if you think the diagram is correct or not. Many people seem to be confused by the separate effects of squirt and swerve. Diagram 4 from the article (see below) helps clarify things.

combined effects of squirt and swerve

The phrase “effective squirt” or “net cue ball deflection” is used for the combined effects of both squirt and swerve. The term “squerve” (SQUirt + swERVE) means the same thing. The following series of instructional articles dealing with squirt covers all of the details of squirt and swerve:

Also, here’s a video excerpt from Vol. II of the Video Encyclopedia of Pool Shots that explains and demonstrates things:

Now back to Diagram 3. Throw direction depends on the direction of the relative motion of the surface of the cue ball in contact with the object ball. This direction is affected by both cut angle and spin. “Throw – Part VI: inside/outside english” (BD, January, 2007) and “Throw – Part VII: CIT/SIT combo” (BD, February, 2007) illustrate the different possibilities quite well. The throw direction shown in Diagram 3 of “Squirt – Part I: introduction” (BD, August, 2007) is appropriate given the amount of english.

Object ball throw depends on cut angle, shot speed, type and amount of english, and the amount of vertical plane spin (draw, follow, stun). The following series of instructional articles elaborate on all of these factors:

Collision-induced throw (CIT) and spin-induced throw (SIT) are just different names for throw, depending upon the primary cause of the throw, but the effects don’t really combine as separate factors.


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