There is a lot to learn about the tools of the game. This is especially so if you are looking to understand how pool is played. This way, you will be better placed to understand the terms and the equipment used in a regular game of billiards.
The first tools are the billiard balls. There are different balls for every game. The differences manifest themselves in terms of the quantity of the balls, their designs and sizes. Carom billiard ball tend to be large. They have diameters of 2 7/ 16 inches. On the other hand, regular pool balls have a diameter of about 2 1/4 inches. These are the most popular balls in America. Then, snooker balls have diameters of 2 1/16 inches.
Apart from the balls, you will need a pool table on which to play your billiards. The styles and the sizes of the billiard and pool tables will also vary. However, whatever the type of table, the only constant thing is that they have a length that is twice as large as the width. You should also keep in mind that the pool tables are covered by a piece of cloth. The billiard cloth is sometimes referred to as the felt. It is typically a woven kind of wool and nylon blend or wool that is referred to as the baize.
Most of the pool tables in taverns and bars tend to be played on very frequently. This means that they are more likely to wear out easily. This is the main reason why such tables tend to have slower and more durable cloth.
For billiard rooms at home and upscale snooker and pool halls, faster cloth will be used since it tends to have less friction. This will allow the pool balls to roll even further across your table bed. On the other hand, cloth that is supposed to be used on a pool table for purposes of competition will tend to be made of wool that is 100 percent worsted.
You also need racks for all games of pool. These racks are made from different material, including aluminum, plastic and sometimes wood. Using the rack, you will be able to organize the billiard balls before the start of a pool game. These racks are usually triangular in shape. However, the rack shapes will vary depending on the billiard game you are looking forward to playing.
Finally, you cannot play pool without a cue. This is the stick that you will use in hitting the billiard balls across the pool table. They cue can either be a single piece of tapered stick or 2 pieces of stick that are divided using phenolic resin or metal joint across the middle.
By Diego Castorina
Edited some information in his article. Thanks again Diego.
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Buy a personal set of balls along with a measles ball. Keep these in a carrying case in your vehicle, available anytime you can find a table (retirement home, senior center, YMCA, mobile home park, apartment building, etc.).
If otherwise limited, put 3 OB & a CB in a bag, tied to your cue case.
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