To aim at an object ball such that it will enter one side or the other, rather than the center, of a pocket . This permits the cue ball to strike the object ball at a different contact point than the most obvious one. Cheating the pocket is employed for position play , to allow a ball to pass another partially obscuring the path to the pocket , and to prevent scratches on dead -straight shots in cases where draw is not desirable (or may not be dependable, e.g. because of smash-through ).