There are a few different variations of shooting pool games, each with their own rules. It’s suggested that every player be familiar with at least the three most common variations: Nine-Ball, Eight-Ball and Cut Throat.

Brief descriptions of these games follow. However, for more detailed instructions on the different shooting pool games, I recommend visiting the World Pool – Billiard Association site here >>

8 Ball

Shooting Pool Games - 8 Ball

We’ll begin by summarizing the common Eight-ball game that most of us know. Many people refer to it as stripes and solids. Beware of your terminology though. If you go out and play with more accomplished players, you will find the correct terms would be high and low, not stripes and solids. The rules will vary depending the skill level. To keep it simple, all balls are racked with the eight ball in the center. Upon breaking, the ball that goes in first will be your ball. Play is rotated when a shot is missed or a foul committed. Read More→

What Pool Tables Are Made Of

Friday, July 19th, 2013


What pool tables are made of

This is our slate pool table after refelting with speed cloth. Complete step-by-step instructions on how to refelt your pool table yourself is what this site is about.

The most important part of playing a good game is playing on a good table.

The main table surface should be made from slate. The different grades of tables are reflective of price. On the high end of the scale, the table will be made using 7/8″ – 1″ thick slate. The lower scaled tables will use 3/4″ slate. In either case, the slate will extend past the playing surface to the ends of the table, thus allowing extra support for the rails.

But what else should be taken into consideration when thinking about what pool tables are made of? Read More→

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10 Pool Table Maintenance Tips

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

The best pool table maintenance tips are to keep it clean with a brush or micro-fiber towel and do it frequently.

Pool Table Maintenance TipsIt’s important to take care of your pool table and to know how to properly care for it so it will last a life time. And remember, by not performing these pool table maintenance tips, your table will also affect your overall game, not to mention cost you money on repairs and felt replacement.

Note: With a new table, the cloth may interact with the roll of the balls during the break in period. This is completely normal. However, to speed up the break-in process, it helps to brush the cloth as frequently (and properly) as possible.

Here are 10 pool table maintenance tips:

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Break Pool Cues – Does Weight Matter?

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Do light or heavy break pool cues result in better breaks ?

Break Pool CuesThat’s a question many people wonder.

A good break is one in which the balls scatter and none are left touching another and starting the game with a good break is extremely important.

Initially, you might think using a heavy weighted cue for the break would be best. Theoretically, that makes sense, to get the most power for your break. But first, you need to understand the weights of different cue sticks. The average weight would be 19 oz., a light cue is 18 oz and a heavy cue is 20 oz. or more. Past experience has shown me that it really comes down to personal preference.

However, many argue that it is all about physics. Read More→

How to Shoot Pool – The Break

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Mastering the Break is your first task in learning how to shoot pool.

How to Shoot Pool

How to Shoot Pool – The Break

Obviously, a game cannot start without the break. And a good break will lead to a good game. So start with that and keep it up if you truly want to learn how to shoot pool well.

There are many factors to consider when breaking the rack. Often a different cue is used specifically for breaking. It’s best not to get too anxious and try to be a power breaker from the get go. Start with a basic break until your game progresses.

The most important part of your game will be your break, so be sure you are very comfortable with it. Once you find a position and stance that is comfortable and you break the balls effectively, stay with that technique. Read More→

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