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Choosing The Right Cue Stick For Billiards

Choosing The Right Cue Stick For Billiards

Whether or not you are a serious billiards player or a beginner who’s trying to work on your game, pool cue sticks are one of those things that have personal appeal, individual to the player. If all you do is read about the billiards cue stick, it’s very difficult to surmise whether it would be a good one for you or not. I mean, how do you sift through all the adjectives of the written descriptions of cue sticks? Terms like unforgiving, well balanced, harsh or soft can leave you confused as to how that really translates to the feel of the cue stick in your hand and its performance. Of course, there are things that can be accurately described with the written description, like the height, weight, length or squirt. But as your game progresses and you get better, you will find yourself having your own unique set of preferences and they will most likely change over time. Most of us will just use the cue sticks the billiards hall provides in the beginning, but if you really want to take your game to the next level, be prepared to purchase a cue stick of your own. It’s important to try out several varieties of cue sticks so you can get an idea of what feels comfortable to you. Things like the tip’s diameter, the weight and length. Try to determine these things ahead of time before buying your own billiards cue stick. Here are a few tips on buying the right cue stick for billiards when the time comes for you. First of all, as silly as...
Getting Started With Billiard Games

Getting Started With Billiard Games

If you’re looking for a fun game you can play with the whole family, then look no farther than the wonderful world of billiard games. It has a history that dates back to 15th century France and the different styles of the game area as diverse as the regions they come from. There are even several variations of the British, American, Australian, and French styles of billiards. Basically, there are several different types of billiard games and one of the more common ones is the game called Eight Ball. The divisions most often seen in the game of billiards would be Carom billiards, which has no pockets, the game of pool, which has six pockets, and Snooker, which is pretty different than both of the afore mentioned games. All sorts of art and literature through the ages have mentioned the game of billiards. If you know your Shakespeare, then you know that it was a game for royalty. Many great philosophers and kings enjoyed the game as well. Clearly it was thought of as a very intelligent game. The Basics Of Billiard Games All billiard games utilize a pool table for play. However, there are many kinds of pool tables and different billiard games will require different pool tables. A standard pool table is twice the length of its width and are a rectangular shape. Pool tables can be 7, 8, or 9 feet long, and in rare cases, a ten-foot table can be found, although these are most likely antique. If you come across one in great condition or one that has been restored to its former glory,...
Pool Table Maintenance

Pool Table Maintenance

A billiard or pool table is a big investment and you need to know how to properly care for it so that you can enjoy the benefits for a lifetime.  Not only will the improper maintenance of a pool table cost your money, it will also have a negative effect on your game.  Maintaining your table doesn’t have to be a long drawn out process.  Small and consistent steps can avoid costly repairs. Pool Table Maintenance Helpful Tips When you first start using your pool table, the cloth will sometimes interfere with the actual roll of the balls. There is a breaking in period where the cloth needs to settle to the slate top.  You can actually speed up this process by brushing the cloth on a frequent basis.  Get in the habit of brushing the cloth both before and after every game.  You will want to brush the cloth in the same direction each time and avoid any circular motion when brushing.  If necessary, you can vacuum the table top, but here again, always in the same direction.  Always keep your pool table covered when not in use to avoid the affects of humidity and inadvertent spills or other hazards.  At Elko Spas, Billiards and Pools we have a great selection of pool table covers. Never store the billiard balls in the pockets of the table when not in use.  Balls will wear the cloth around the pockets over time and this will interfere with the balls dropping freely into the pockets during play.  If you have a pool table that is made from leather, storing the balls...
Billiards—Tools Of The Game

Billiards—Tools Of The Game

Learning how to play billiards can be a ton of fun, and there’s much to learn along the way, but here, we’ll discuss a few of the tools needed to play billiards and pool successfully. Billiards Balls Perhaps the tool that comes to mind first is the billiard balls. Every game has different balls. Those differences may be the size or quantity of the balls, the colors or the design. For example, carom billiard balls are rather large compared to other games. With a 2 7/16 inch diameter, these balls are bigger than regular pool balls, which are usually 2 ¼ inches in diameter. Pool balls are by far America’s most popular balls, although snooker follows close behind with a diameter of 2 1/16 inches. Billiards Tables Of course, you can’t just play the game with nothing but the balls—you will need a great table as well! Like the balls, there are many design features and styles that you can pick when choosing a pool table. The main rule that stays consistent here is that of the length being double the width. The tables are covered in a special cloth, which most of us call felt. It’s actually a type of woven wool or even nylon blend. It can also be called the baize. Due to the tables in most taverns being played on so often, the wear and tear on them will definitely show a lot faster. So, those tables will many times be made with a more sturdy cloth, but it causes the balls to be a little slower. Faster cloth or wool covering is used in...
Pool and Billiards—What’s the Difference?

Pool and Billiards—What’s the Difference?

The term used to describe the sport as a whole, has been billiards. It’s a name that most of us know and is still used generically for all games played with a cue stick and balls on a pool table. But the usage of the word has become more inclusive among competition players in certain geographic areas and groups. Take the United Kingdom for instance—there the word billiards is used specifically for English Billiards, yet in the USA, it might only be used to refer to carom games or even to eight-ball by a minority (For many players, this is the only cue game they know of). Presently, the two can be inter-changed to have the same meaning. It’s assumed that if people refer to one, then they are also speaking of the other one. There are some technical differences, however. In billiards, smaller balls are used and there are only three balls-yellow, red, and white. The yellow or white ball can be the striker balls. You can think of it as a pool game without pockets on the table. On standard billiards tables, the cloth makes the balls much faster. In three cushion billiards, the object of the game is to strike the object ball, go three rails, strike the other ball, or you could go three rails and aim to strike both of the object balls with the carom, which is also known as a cue ball. Many of us have a general idea of pool games and pool tables. Some may know about the variations in pool, like eight-ball, nine-ball or cut throat. Most of us...
Getting the Feel of a Billiards Table

Getting the Feel of a Billiards Table

Billiards tables and playing conditions vary substantially, however we have to have the ability to adapt to whatever conditions we’re faced with, and we have to change rapidly. To change, we simply have to take a look at a few things, and shoot a couple of “Reference Shots.”. We have to deal with huge distinctions in table size, varying from 3 x 6 up to 5 x 10. Big pockets are best Fabric makes a big difference, ranging from really slow and sometimes inaccurate “fuzzy” fabric to really fast and really precise worsted wool “no-nap” cloth. Cloth will be really fast and slippery when brand-new; and, slower and stickier as it is used and as it gets dirty. After all, where do you believe all that chalk goes, every shot? It enters into and under the fabric. The vigor of the cushions affects banks and kicks. Throw influences every cut shot. Here are 4 things to do to rapidly get up to speed for any billiards table: 1. Pocket Size– Pockets vary in size. Larger pockets accept more shot error than smaller pockets. Balls are 2-1/4″ in diameter. Take two balls and hold them in a corner pocket, side by side, simply at the point where they will fall in if you let go of them. How much space exists between the balls and the jaws of the pocket? If the balls jam into the jaws, the pockets are very tight. If there is an inch of area between the balls and the jaws, those pockets are containers. It assists to understand exactly what you actually have. 2. Table...