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How Pool Cue Sticks are Made

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Pool Cue SticksThe most essential piece of equipment for the game are the pool cue sticks, or simply the cue. They are tapered, typically 58 inches long and range between 18 and 21 ounces. They are primarily made of wood, but occasionally covered with other materials such as graphite or fiberglass. The length and weight can be altered to create a custom cue for the professional player.

There are three types of pool cue sticks.

One type is the one piece cue. These are generally for the casual player and often stocked in pool halls. They have a uniform taper and standard length and weight. Another type is the two piece cue. This is usually divided in the middle and screwed together. The two piece cue makes for easy transport and storage in a case. The third type is also a two piece cue, but the joint is not in the middle, but further down on the butt, about 1/3 from the end. So when playing pool make sure you get the best pool cues.

The parts of pool cue sticks:

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Game Regulation Pool Balls

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
Regulation Pool Balls

Regulation Pool Balls

ABOUT REGULATION POOL BALLS

Obviously, one of the major pieces of equipment needed to play pool is the set of balls. Regulation pool balls are designed specifically for the game and coincide with the physics involved in overall play. As you read, you will learn how the balls are made, what materials are used, regulation weights and more. Pool balls are not just an ordinary orb placed on the table and much design and engineering is involved.

The earliest balls were made of wood clay. These were used for years until the use of ivory came into play. Ivory balls were short-lived. It’s heartbreaking that by the 1800’s, millions of elephants were being slaughtered to obtain the ivory used to make the balls as well as many other items. Only eight balls could be made from one elephant! Seeing this as unfit, a new material was sought after. Read More→

Amazing Super Slow Motion Billiards Video

Monday, August 12th, 2013

This slow motion billiards video always intrigues me! Check it out:

This slow motion billiards video has been around a long time but it’s one of my favorites. If you love shooting pool as much as my wife and I do, you’ll probably enjoy it too.

While video can reveal some terrific secrets and offer inspiration, it probably won’t help you improve your game… right?

Well, recently we’ve been working on improving our game quite a bit. It does take practice… a lot of practice. Not just playing the game, but disciplining yourself to shoot shots over and over again until they become second nature. Read More→

A Brief Intro To The Game of Snooker

Many times, when people hear about billiards and pool, another form of the game is often mentioned. This game, called Snooker, varies from the American form of pool. Though it is in the same group as the other cue sports, it actually stands in a league of its own. Aside from learning the different variations of pool play, some people enjoy taking that learning experience a step further and trying this well known game.

The Game of Snooker

The Game of Snooker

In Snooker, the main object of the game is to score more points than your opponent. We are not used to the point system when playing billiards or pool, instead, we are more concerned with the ball count left on the table and the final sinking of the winning ball. Snooker is an entirely different game, with different rules, a different table, and, as mentioned, a different objective. Read More→

Billiards history is a bit undefined… It’s not known exactly when or where the sport originated. It’s believed that the earliest form was from France. It was a version like that of an indoor lawn game similar to croquet. The object of the game was to push a ball through a croquet-like wicket to hit a peg, similar to the stake in croquet. Players used a club-like stick, which became known as the “mace”.
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Billiards history tells us that during the early 19th century, American craftsmen began to make tables. Billiard tables originally had flat vertical walls for rails, and their only function was to keep the balls from falling off the table. The rails resembled river banks, and used to be called banks. When players found out that the balls would bounce off the rails, they began to deliberately aiming at the banks. That was the invention of the “bank shot”.

Why We Call It Pool in America…

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