"Rest" is a phrase initially associated to snooker and its accessories and thought of as a slang term. A billiards rest is a stick that has an X formed head which supports the cue to reach the cue ball when it's beyond a participant's regular attain, in order that he can't make a shot in comfort through the use of his/her hand bridge.
It received this name because the cue stick is positioned, or "rests" on the bridge whereas the participant is performing the shot. The snooker rest is crucial in a sport because it is not attainable for a player to succeed in all locations on the table.
The snooker rest has been made in varied lengths and designs. British model rests are often different from the American kinds in shape, and may take the form of the spider, the cross, the swan, goose neck, or in rarer circumstances the hook (usually unsanctioned).
A rest head adaptor is an attachment that could be slipped onto a rest head to give it a different bridge.
A hook rest is similar to a traditional rest, but with a metallic end that's hooked. It is mainly used to place the remainder round a ball. The hook rest is one of the latest creation among snooker rests.
A spider is like the normal snooker rest, nevertheless it has an arch shaped head, used to lift and assist the cue tip above the highest of the cue ball.
A swan neck spider or just swan, consists of a rest which has an prolonged neck with a fork formed prong at its end; that is used to give the participant additional cueing distance above a bunch of balls. The swan neck is used by a player to shoot above a ball standing in the finest way of the cue ball.
An prolonged rest is just like the common rest, with a mechanical machine at its butt finish so that the remainder will be extended by as much as 3 feet.
An prolonged spider is actually a hybrid of the spider and the swan, used to bridge over large teams of red balls. It's less generally used in professional billiards these days.
Different fashionable and distinctive shapes of the snooker rest have been introduced, including the Flexi Rest. The Flexi Rest is completely different from the others rests as a result of it is not static. A participant can bend it in between, round and over an obstructing ball in the midst of the game. While it's bendable, as soon as it has been put in the required place, it's sufficiently rigid to face up to the facility and weight of a cue whereas a shot is being executed.
With the help of the billiards rest, a player is able to enhance his cue action, stance, sighting and cue ball power.
The snooker rest features as an extension to the bridge hand. These days many snooker and pool players like to use cue extensions, and the rest, in combination with the additional cue length, makes it doable for the participant to play bridge-shots in the same approach as regular shots.