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Q. What is the difference between a safety and a safe shot? A. A safety is a defensive shot in which you sacrifice an opportunity to score in an attempt to leave your opponent hooked; it's part of the game and must be declared. A safe shot is any legally missed shot that you use purposely to hook your opponent, and, although legal, it is considered dirty pool in some circles. See, Playing Winning Pool.
Q. How can you advocate playing dirty pool? Do you cheat? A. No. Never. There's no reason to cheat because most players don't know how to win. Playing to win means being prepared and using whatever resources are available to you, short of cheating, even though your opponent won't like it. To do this, you must know the current rules inside out so you'll know how to use them to your advantage. See, Playing Winning Pool.