I was wondering during the break in a snooker game can I simple strike the cue softly and just touch the reds. Or do I have to hit the cue ball and make sure it rebounds and hits a cushion?

I just wanted to tap the reds so it lands closer to the reds without breaking the triangle bunch as much..

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Not in snooker, on any shot. You just have to hit the correct ball first. The break shot has no extra rules.

The official rules of snooker are here, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association

No specific rule applies to the opening shot of a frame, nor is there anything requiring cushions to be hit. There is a rule about cushions in the section for Shoot-out Snooker, but this variant is rarely played.

Pool does have rules in these areas, but that is a different sport.


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