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Pool/Billiards: 8 ball rules, cue ball, world standardized rules
cue ball, world standardized rules, incoming player: Welcome back Kays. According to the world standarized rules (8 ball) if I scratch while shooting at the 8 ball, would I lose the game?: The World Standardized Rules ( WSR ) states the following: 4.19 PLAYING THE 8-BALL When the 8-ball is the legal...

Pool/Billiards: 8 ball rules, object balls, bca pool
object balls, bca pool, 8 ball rules: Hi Nick. The general answer to your question is no, but the language you have used must be clarified and there is one scenario where the answer is yes. The confusion in your question comes from your use of the word legal . It is LEGAL to pocket your...

Pool/Billiards: 8-ball rules, reds and yellows, bca pool
reds and yellows, bca pool, cue ball: Hi Frans: The answer to your question is yes you may. When the table is open (and only when the table is open) it is legal to hit one colour to pocket another or to have the white strike one colour and pocket another. This will be a legal shot and choice...

Pool/Billiards: 8 ball rules, pocket billiards, object balls
pocket billiards, object balls, cue ball: Hi Peter. I often have to interpret various rules to answer a person s specific question, but here, the prevailing rule is dead on point. From the World Standardized Rules for Pocket Billiards: 3.31 BALLS MOVING SPONTANEOUSLY If a ball shifts, settles,...

Pool/Billiards: 8-ball rules and regs?, bca rules, bca website
bca rules, bca website, many different ways: Hello and thanks for your question. Eight ball is the most popular game played in bars and home tables. It is also sometimes referred to as solids and stripes . They are one and the same. Now, being that this game has been so widely played for so long,...

Pool/Billiards: 8-ball rules, bca pool, pool eight
bca pool, pool eight, bank pool: In straight pool, eight-ball (excepting no-slop ), and most other call shot games the shooter calls the ball and pocket--nothing else. If the called ball goes in the called pocket the shot is good. Many beginners play no-slop eight ball and call every...

Pool/Billiards: 8 ball slop/calling shots, billiard congress of america, congress of america
billiard congress of america, congress of america, bank shots: It is only necessary to indicate the specific ball and its designated pocket. You could actually miss completely and have the object ball go four rails around the table and fall and it would be good. Call the ball and the pocket, everything else is incidental....

Pool/Billiards: 8 ball (UK), cue ball, incoming player
cue ball, incoming player, 8 ball: Hi Jamie, A)The player taking their shots hits the cue ball however fails to hit the 8-ball. There was not a legal hit. The incoming player takes ball in hand and shoots the 8-ball. This would be true anytime there is no legal hit, 8-ball or otherwise....

Pool/Billiards: 8 ball Win/Lose, billiard congress of america, bca pool
billiard congress of america, bca pool, object balls: Hi Kryn. It was a win. The rule in eight-ball, at least in most official sources of rules such as the World Standardized Rules: 8-ball, is that one must only call a ball and a pocket and nothing else. This means that you do not need to indicate whether...

Pool/Billiards: 8 ball wins, infractions, world standardized rules
infractions, world standardized rules, kisses: Hi Tu mma. I m not 100% clear what you are asking, but I can only think of three possibilities. Either you pocketed your last ball by hitting it first, then it hit the 8 ball and went in, you hit the 8 ball first to combo your last ball in, or you pocketed...

Pool/Billiards: 8 ball, cue ball, straight pool
cue ball, straight pool, skratch: Often. In fact, almost every time in nine ball when you scratch while shooting at the nine ball and your opponent can hold a stick:-) Seriously, the answer is yes. In the world standardized rules for eight ball (I am assuming your question refers only to...

Pool/Billiards: For an 8 foot table, foot table, area 44
foot table, area 44, room 13: If you want to have enough room to use a standard 58 inch cue all the way around the table you ll need (at least) 63 inches more than the actual playing area of the table (as measured from point to point on opposing cushions). You ll end up wanting at least...

Pool/Billiards: 8Ball, apples and oranges, object balls
apples and oranges, object balls, two balls: Rob, Nine ball is usually considered more difficult because there is never more than one object ball. This also makes it much easier to play safe once one realizes that a run out is iffy. You make some good points about 8-ball. Although there are many...

Pool/Billiards: 8ball, bob henning, monk point
bob henning, monk point, least three times: Hello, and thanks for your question. I have a pretty good library of pool books. I have probably read each of them at least three times. All of the books by Robert Byrne are fantastic. Another very good one is The Pro Book by Bob Henning. Though it would...

Pool/Billiards: 8th ball, cue ball, world standardized rules
cue ball, world standardized rules, infractions: Hi Mike. He lost. Any foul committed at the time the 8 ball is pocketed is a loss of game. Scratching the cue ball (pocketing it) is a type of foul. As stated in the World Standardized Rules: 8-Ball: 4.20 LOSS OF GAME A player loses the game by...

Pool/Billiards: 9 Ball, cueball, mike smith
cueball, mike smith, downside: Well I can tell you how NOT to sink the 9 ball on the break, Hit it straight on. If you hit the rack straight on, the balls will spread out better and the cueball will generally be in a better position (middle of the table). If you put the cueball close to...

Pool/Billiards: 9 Ball 3 Rails..., cue ball, 9 ball rules
cue ball, 9 ball rules, scratch: Hi Todd, The situation you describe would be a foul because the player didn t hit the lowest ball on the table. The number of rails he hit is not relevant. To sum up the rules for you, every time you play a shot you MUST hit the lowest numbered ball still...

Pool/Billiards: 9 Ball Ball in hand, cue ball, money tournaments
cue ball, money tournaments, scratches: Dave, You can trust me on this one: If a player commits a foul in 9 ball, the opposing player gets cueball in hand anywhere on the table......period. This is what is called the world standarized rule. Which simply means that if you went anywhere...

Pool/Billiards: 9 Ball Question, bca pool, cue ball
bca pool, cue ball, straight pool: It s still a win. In nine ball you do not need to call any ball in any pocket, period. The only time it would not be a win, as I stated in my previous response, would be where you committed a foul on the same inning. To clarify this more, a foul is committed...

Pool/Billiards: How To Put The 9 Ball Down On the Break, cue ball, cue tip
cue ball, cue tip, open ended question: Hi Again Josh. There is no way to guarantee making the nine ball. I read years ago that a good breaker makes the nine ball an average of once out of every thirty-five racks (the use of the Sardo rack may have changed this as it increases reproducibility,...

Pool/Billiards: 9-ball, answering questions, best of luck
answering questions, best of luck, world standardized rules: Hi Jake. I normally spend a lot of time answering questions but the answer to your question can but summed up in one word: NEVER. See World Standardized rules: 9-Ball, Rule 5.1: ...Players are not required to call any shot... Best of luck, Pool...

Pool/Billiards: 9-ball, billiard congress of america, congress of america
billiard congress of america, congress of america, play play: Hi Lee, Sure. You can download a pdf file of the World Standarized Rules for 9-ball from the Billiard Congress of America s site at: http://www.bca-pool.com/play/tournaments/rules/pdf/BCA9BallRules.pdf Or, you can click on the 9-Ball link under...

Pool/Billiards: 9 ball, nine ball, cheers
nine ball, cheers, balls: Sure. The game is over any time the nine falls on a legal shot. If you strike the lowest numbered ball on the table first and the nine ball falls you win unless any ball leaves the table or you scratch or otherwise cause a foul. The shot may involve any number...

Pool/Billiards: 9-ball, cue ball, foot spot
cue ball, foot spot, ball pool: Hi Kevin. You committed a foul by scratching. Technically it is not a loss of game. The 9 ball gets spotted to the foot spot and the opponent gets ball in hand (he may place the cue ball anywhere on the table). As you can see, unless your opponent is an...

Pool/Billiards: 9 ball, occasional exception, straight shots
occasional exception, straight shots, ball game: Hello Jonathan, I m sure there are thousands of fine players who wish there was a simple answer to your question. Nine ball and eight ball offer different kinds of problems for sure. In nine ball whenever you approach the table there is no question...

Pool/Billiards: 9-ball , Ball in hand, incoming player, match play
incoming player, match play, foul ball: Hello and thanks for your question. I do not know exactly when this change took place, and it has caught on at different rates at different places. I do know that in the 1960s and early 70s, ball in hand was not used much. It used to be that after a foul,...

Pool/Billiards: 9 ball, ball in hand, billiard congress of america, apa rules
billiard congress of america, apa rules, cue ball: Here s a quick follow up for you... The APA uses a shortened and somewhat modified version of the Billiard Congress of America s World Standardized Rules . The World Standardized Rules are almost universally accepted with the exception of a couple of APA...

Pool/Billiards: 9-ball (calling 9 game), rule variations, nine ball rules
rule variations, nine ball rules, opponent: Hi Darren. Because nine ball rules simply don t require calling the nine, there is no rule for that situation. When you go into the lands of rule variations, the problem is that the rules have to made up for situations like this. Since, as far as I know...

Pool/Billiards: 9-ball foul, cue ball, opponent
cue ball, opponent, opponents: Well, sure. That s a legitimate play if you don t have a shot on the lowest ball and missing it gives your opponent an easy way to use ball in hand to sink the nine. Of course it works best if there are other balls near or on the spot which will cause your...

Pool/Billiards: 9 ball rule, cue ball, absolute certainty
cue ball, absolute certainty, nathanael: Hello, and thanks for your question. Obviously a failure to hit your object ball first is a foul and ball in hand for your opponent. But when the hit is so close that it can t be determined which ball was struck first with absolute certainty it will not...

Pool/Billiards: 9-ball Strategy, cue ball, foot rail
cue ball, foot rail, cross bank: Erwin, When you are shooting at the 9-ball, you should always try to pocket the 9. Even if it s a very low percentage shot or a shot that you hate and might normally play a safety. The reason is you have no balls left on the table to hide the 9 behind,...

Pool/Billiards: 9-ball sportsmanship, bad sportsmanship, cue ball
bad sportsmanship, cue ball, nine ball: Hello chris and thanks for your question. No, I do not consider this to be bad sportsmanship. Obviously there is no rule that prohibits this. Nine ball is exciting because the game can be won at any time, by a number of ways. With that being said, I...

Pool/Billiards: 9 ball win, cue ball, nine ball
cue ball, nine ball, opponent: A shot is not complete until all balls have stopped moving. Any time the cue ball goes in a pocket it is a foul. If you make the nine ball and the cue ball, the nine ball gets spotted and your opponent has ball in hand. Play well and enjoy, Bil...

Pool/Billiards: 9-ball, sledgehammer break cue, drew carey show
sledgehammer break cue, drew carey show, nine balls: Hi Sean, I have never seen it done but I cant see why it would be impossible. The break is such an important part of nine ball, you could say the MOST important part of nine ball. That said, the top professionals really aren t looking to make loads of balls...

Pool/Billiards: AMF Playmaster pool table, thick slate, ft table
thick slate, ft table, maple wood: AMF makes decent tables, not the best, but ok. It doesn t sound like a bad deal to me. If the table is in good repair and you like the way it plays, go for it. 7/8 inch slate is not as good as 1 inch thick, but you won t notice any difference. thanks, ...

Pool/Billiards: Apex Ball on the Break, pocket billiards, evaluation form
pocket billiards, evaluation form, apex: Hi Gina, thanks for stopping by. The answer to your question varies depending on the game. In eight ball you do not have to contact the apex ball on the break. The break you are describing (third ball in, and usually used with draw and inside english)...

Pool/Billiards: Avoiding the scratch, cue ball, ball position
cue ball, ball position, quality condition: Hi Andre, Well, you re in good company. A lot of players have that problem and from time to time even the best players forget to pay enough attention to that huge side pocket on the other side of the table - there are lots of ways to scratch in it when...

Pool/Billiards: aiming, target ball, cue ball
target ball, cue ball, knowledgeable players: Hi Dottie. Most instruction books and many knowledgeable players will tell you that you should focus on the object ball (target ball) just before you shoot. I do this on most but not all shots. Certain shots require a very pure hit on the cue ball, meaning...

Pool/Billiards: aiming with spliced shafts, e.g. predator 314, snooker players, splitting hairs
snooker players, splitting hairs, pool instruction: Sorry if my response seemed slow. I just received 3 copies of your question; the original and two reminders all at once. Perhaps a glitch in the system. But on to your issues. Any shaft will provide a slightly different hit as it is rotated just because...

Pool/Billiards: aiming, virtual pool table, aim point
virtual pool table, aim point, internet explorer: Hi Jarvis. I am going to teach you a specific aiming technique, but I want you to understand its purpose. The ultimate goal of an aiming technique is to train your brain to intuitively recognize the correct aim line from any given angle, distance and application...

Pool/Billiards: apa nine ball ruling, apa rules, incoming player
apa rules, incoming player, casual play: Fortunately this doesn t come up very often. The APA rules for 9-ball say, Any balls moved accidentally during a shot must be replaced by the opponent after the shot is over and all balls have stopped rolling . Because they say during the shot I interpret...

Pool/Billiards: aramith balls, aramith pro cup cue ball, aramith balls
aramith pro cup cue ball, aramith balls, cue balls: Hi Chris, For quite some time there have been sets of balls packaged to look like the Aramith sets. These are imitations that look like Aramith balls and are packaged in a box that is very similar to the Aramith box. Of course the imitations don t play...

Pool/Billiards: "Ball In Hand" and a scratch question., cue ball, stroke motion
cue ball, stroke motion, forward stroke: Hi Tony, By almost all standards of current amateur and professional competitions the answer to both your questions is the definition of a legal shot and the penalty for not making one. Legal shot defined by the BCA s worlds standardized Rules for 8-ball......

Pool/Billiards: Ball in hand Rule, billiard congress of america, pocket billiards
billiard congress of america, pocket billiards, bca pool: Hi David. He is correct. The rule for fouls in eight ball and nine ball is ball in hand anywhere on the table unless you scratch on the break, in which case it is behind the head string. These are the rules set forth in most official rule sets, They are...

Pool/Billiards: Ball in hand, bca rules, fouls
bca rules, fouls, scratches: Hello and thanks for your question. First off there are a number of ways this game is played. Now, that being said, you say in your question that a foul results in ball in hand behind the headstring. I assume you play by tavern or bar rules, not by BCA...

Pool/Billiards: Ball hop off cushions, carom billiard, billiard balls
carom billiard, billiard balls, pool balls: If the ball is hopping when it comes off the rail, it is most likely the rails are not hitting the ball dead center. The rail would be a tad to low for the ball. Either your balls are not the right size for the table, or the rails are a bit low or giving too...

Pool/Billiards: Ball and Pocket sizes, pocket gap, loose pocket
pocket gap, loose pocket, pool rooms: Hello Brian. I am not 100% sure what it is you are asking. I will assume that you are referring to the difference in size between the ball and the pocket opening. Standard pocket billard balls are 2 1/4 inches in diameter. Acceptable pocket openings according...

Pool/Billiards: Ball's, billiard balls, meuller sporting goods
billiard balls, meuller sporting goods, cue ball: Hello Jean and thanks for your question. There are many commercially available products for the purpose of cleaning billiard balls. I would look at Meuller Sporting goods 800-925-7665 or www.POOLnDARTS.com . I like the Aramith ball cleaner and micro-fiber...

Pool/Billiards: Ball, bca, billiards
bca, billiards, apex: Hello Susan, and thanks for your question. I assume you have been reading a rule book or one on billiards technique. Apex simply means top or highest point. In billiards (BCA rulebook for example) the apex ball would be the ball racked in the top position...

Pool/Billiards: Balls, what came first chicken or the egg, brunswick balke collender
what came first chicken or the egg, brunswick balke collender, matching colors: Hi Chad. Sorry for the delay in answering but I composed this answer three days ago and the site was down (couldn t log in) and I ve been away. There is no exact answer I could find, and it may very well be that a full history is lost, but here s what...

Pool/Billiards: Bank Shots, angle of reflection, bank shots
angle of reflection, bank shots, magic formula: Hi John. Like every aspect of pool, natural talent will take you to one level; hard work will take you to the next. If you re good at bank now you will be better if you do drills. For instance setting up a line of balls over the center line and banking...

Pool/Billiards: Banks and Combos Pool, cue ball, nine ball
cue ball, nine ball, honor system: Hello Joe, Both shots you describe are legal carom shots. In your first example the two ball is the object ball which you strike with the cue so that it caroms into the pocket off the four. In your second example your object ball is the nine which you...

Pool/Billiards: Banks, extreme cuts, question banks
extreme cuts, question banks, effren reyes: Tough question! Banks are something you either love or hate. I personally try to avoid them where ever possible. This isn t because I can t play them, just that they don t represent as good a chance of success as a shot down the rail. When the ball is frozen...

Pool/Billiards: BCA rules re:phenolic tips, cue tip, bca rules
cue tip, bca rules, leather types: In my BCA handbook it states that a cue tip on any stick used to perform a legal jump must be composed of leather or synthetic leather material. But my book is about seven years old and rules may have changed. I suggest buying a new copy of the book, like...

Pool/Billiards: BEESWAX, carom table, pat sheehan
carom table, pat sheehan, bondo: Hello Tom, Good question, thank you. Beeswax becomes unstable at about 120 degrees F and liquifies at 147 degrees F. Heated table slates are usually raised only about 9 degrees F. above room temperature. Although I ve never used beeswax on a table with...

Pool/Billiards: WHAT ARE THE BEST STIFF SHAFTS OUT THERE, predator cues, slow reply
predator cues, slow reply, stiff shafts: Hi Kevin, There are lots of good stiff shafts out there. The most accurate of them are the ones made from several separate pieces of wood laminated together. Predator make great cues. Other manufacturers do similar cues, some claim to provide greater accuracy...

Pool/Billiards: Better pool table, pool table, centurion
pool table, centurion, pockets: I don t have the answer your looking for. I am completely happy with my Mizerak table that I bought from Sears for about a thousand. Personally I like tight pockets and if I was going to play in tournaments on tight pocket tables I wouldn t want to practice...

Pool/Billiards: Billiards 8-Ball Rule, bca pool, cue ball
bca pool, cue ball, 8 ball rules: Hi Brian. When you say you know most of the rules, I can t tell if you mean the official rules, or what passes for the rules that is played by a huge number of players, but I think the latter. The World Standardized Rules for eight ball (which I m going...

Pool/Billiards: Billiards (Table Size), foot pool table, billiards table
foot pool table, billiards table, foot table: To have enough room to use a standard 58 inch cue all the way around the table you ll need (at least) 63 inches of clear space all the way around plus the actual playing area of the table (as measured from point to point on opposing cushions). For a nine foot...

Pool/Billiards: Billiards Tables, pool table dealers, mdf board
pool table dealers, mdf board, particle boards: Nathan, If price is no issue Id look at the Diamond or the gold crown series but there are many good table out there now as opposed to years ago. Olhausen make a pretty good table and also does connolly and there are many available. Even today many tables...

Pool/Billiards: Billiards tables, billiard congress of america, bca equipment specifications
billiard congress of america, bca equipment specifications, billiards tables: Hello,and thanks for your question. In the BCA (Billiard Congress of America) rulebook under BCA equipment Specifications section it addresses this in the part subtitled playing bed . It states in part that the playing surface must maintain an overall...

Pool/Billiards: Bouncing balls, world pool billiard, pool snooker
world pool billiard, pool snooker, bouncing balls: Hi Jim, thanks for letting me know. My experience is that humidity has more effect on how the cloth plays, temperature has more effect on the liveliness of the rubber. Together they conspire to make significant changes in the way a table plays in changing...

Pool/Billiards: Brazilian Slate / Cloth, brazilian slate, chalk powder
brazilian slate, chalk powder, brushi: Slate is a fine-grained rock composite of clay, mica quartz and other minerals. Depending on the exact mineral content if can be a variety of colors. The two most common sources of slate used for pool tables are Italy and Brazil. Either can be machined to...

Pool/Billiards: Break, open table, solid group
open table, solid group, opponent: Hello Hunter, Sure, unless you scratch it s still your turn and the table is open. If you fail to make a ball on your next shot the table remains open for your opponent. According to BCA rules making any number of balls from either group or both groups...

Pool/Billiards: Breaking, cue ball, 8ball
cue ball, 8ball, scratches: Hello and thanks for your question. If you scratch on the break, it is a foul and your opponent gets ball in hand behind the headstring. If you make the eight ball on the break, it is neither a win or a loss. The breaker gets the choice of spotting the eight...

Pool/Billiards: Breaking, pool billiards, allexperts
pool billiards, allexperts, many different types: Hi Justin. I have written two previous involved columns on the break which I m going to refer you to. Note that there are many, many different types of breaks and those for each game are different (often radically), but you haven t specified a game. ...

Pool/Billiards: Breaking, billiard congress of america, bca pool
billiard congress of america, bca pool, congress of america: Hi Shervin. It depends on the rules you are playing. There are a few different official rule sets played in the U.S., most prominently the World Standardized Ruled: 8-Ball, which are the rules followed by the Billiard Congress of America. There are different...

Pool/Billiards: Breaking in 9 Ball, cue ball, pool player
cue ball, pool player, cueball: Kenneth, Obviously there is no guaranteed place to break from that will pocket a ball everytime in 9 ball but.....There is one spot that is very popular among 9-ball players and you will see the pros break from here a lot as well. It is about 6 inches...

Pool/Billiards: Breaking the balls/general strategy, cue balls, object balls
cue balls, object balls, cue ball: Hi Steve. Sorry for the delay in getting to your question. You failed to state what game you are breaking for, but I m going to assume eight ball. I m going to first seem like I m going off track, but I ll get to the specifics of your question eventually....

Pool/Billiards: Breaking with bridge, index fingers, discernible reason
index fingers, discernible reason, eight ball: Hi again Warrior. 1) Yes. I m trying to think of a reason you would want to, other than a proposition bet (and failing), but there is no rule that stops you from breaking with the mechanical bridge. 2) The scenario doesn t quite make sense because it...

Pool/Billiards: Breaking rule, object balls, pocket billiards
object balls, pocket billiards, cue ball: Hi Tai. Absolutely. If the rules for eight ball don t prohibit it (which they don t), and the general rules for pocket billiards, (which are in place in all games unless specifically contradicted by that game s rules) don t prohibit it (which they don t),...

Pool/Billiards: Breaking, cue ball, palm of your hand
cue ball, palm of your hand, middle finger: Brian, Firstly I would like to apologise for the time it has taken to respond to your question which was due to a problem I ve had with my Email. Now, down to business. It sounds like your biggest problem is getting the balls racked tight enough. Spend...

Pool/Billiards: Bridge, open bridge, middle fingers
open bridge, middle fingers, bridgehead: The mechanical bridge works great in those situations. I recommend a plastic bridgehead called a Moosehead that sells for under three dollars. You can bring it anywhere and slip it over any extra cue. Of coarse you need a little practice with it before your...

Pool/Billiards: Brunswick-Balke-Collender 1880's, brunswick balke collender, flood damage
brunswick balke collender, flood damage, vintage table: Hi Chris, What do I suggest you do? Well rack em up and play some darned pool! Sorry, I couldn t resist that. Seriously though, Brunswick has lost files from fire and flood damage over the years. They re hesitant to make claims about those old...

Pool/Billiards: Brunswick Centennial Parts, brunswick centennial, mechanic friend
brunswick centennial, mechanic friend, poolndarts: Hi Jerry, My table mechanic friend came up empty but I got the following email from my contact at Brunswick. The website she refers to first now gets forwarded to the person s site (Ken Hash) whom she mentions later. Ken has helped me before with antique...

Pool/Billiards: Brunswick Gold Crown 2, 3-cushion billiard table, brunswick billiards, gold crowns
brunswick billiards, gold crowns, slate piece: Hi Lynn, Slate varies in weight depending on its exact composition but you can count on each piece weighing between 200 and 300 pounds. Probably around 230 but maybe a little more if the slate is particularly dense. I don t know how much the frame weighs...

Pool/Billiards: Bumper Pool, bar billiards table, bumper pool table
bar billiards table, bumper pool table, how to play bumper pool: sounds to me u have a bar billiards table. players play in turn like snooker & pool. the bumpers are the things you need to avoid. you score points for potting balls in holes. apart from that i m afraid i don t know all the rules. type bar billiards in...

Pool/Billiards: Buying a cue, earl strickland, lepro
earl strickland, lepro, quality combination: Hello Andre, Sure, the Cuetec 264 is a fine choice. Cuetec shafts are maple coated with fiberglass or graphite. The coating intends to help minimize warping and provide a nice stiff hit. I ve played with Cuetecs before and find them perfectly acceptable....

Pool/Billiards: Buying a Pool/Snooker table + Room size, pool snooker, size pockets
pool snooker, size pockets, snooker table: Hi Craig, Your main consideration is the cost of the out building, this will dwarf the cost of the table. It needs to be well constructed to keep out the damp and keep it warm, otherwise the table will be unplayable. If I were you, I would either get a 7ft...

Pool/Billiards: bakelite and phenolic tips, thermosetting resins, wood flour
thermosetting resins, wood flour, reaction of phenols: Hi Mike. Both bakelite and phenolic tips are very hard. I don t know exactly where they fall compared to each other on a hardness scale, but when you get to that degree of hardness, it matters little whether there is a shade of difference. The real point...

Pool/Billiards: balke tables, blatt billiards, foot table
blatt billiards, foot table, antique tables: Hmmmm, a Julius Balke? Balke merged with Brunswick in th early 1870 s so if is indeed a Balke original it would be 135 years old or more. Value would depend, of course, on condition and design. A 12 foot table takes a lot of space so you re probably looking...

Pool/Billiards: ball jumps off bumper, cue ball, inch diameter
cue ball, inch diameter, high humidity: Sounds like the cushions are set a little bit low. Lots of players like low cushions because it makes the table play faster but if the point of the cushion is too low balls will start to hop up and come back down with an audible clunk as they hit the surface...

Pool/Billiards: ball racking, recreational venues, ball rack
recreational venues, ball rack, random note: Hi Royce. The only rules for a regulation 8 ball rack are that the eight ball be placed in the center, and the two corner balls be a stripe and a solid. All other balls are placed at random. Note that the racking procedure often followed in bars and other...

Pool/Billiards: ball speed on valley pool table, valley pool table, league pool
valley pool table, league pool, home pool: Larry, I preveously ansered your question but I forgot that you must be sure that the rails are tightly bolted to the vally table if they are not you will have dead spots any where the rails are slightly loose, caution overtightneing will strip out the t-nuts...

Pool/Billiards: ball speed on valley pool table, valley pool table, league pool
valley pool table, league pool, home pool: Larry, Unfortunantly over the last few years valley standards have slipped somewhat mainly since the move of the factory to texas so we have experienced many abnormalities in the tables especially the 2000 and newer models. Valley is now owned by Brunswick...

Pool/Billiards: bank the eight, cue ball, definitive answer
cue ball, definitive answer, ball game: Hi Rich- I don t think there is a definitive answer to this question because I don t think there is an official set of rules for the game of bank the eight. I think it pretty much depends on the local rules of whatever place you happen to be playing at....

Pool/Billiards: bank shots in pool, diamond system, bank shots
diamond system, bank shots, game practice: Hi Larry, Many players struggle with bank shots. The best bak shot player in the world is Effren Reyes who makes them as easily as straight shots. This is not normal. They are tough. But I am sure that Effren never looks at the diamond system (the dots...

Pool/Billiards: bar rules / billiards, bca pool, world standardized rules
bca pool, world standardized rules, eight ball: H Casey. Bar rules has no real meaning since every bar has a different set of rules and often five different individuals in the same bar, when an unusual situation comes up, will come up with five different answers. When you play in such chaos there is...

Pool/Billiards: bar rules, sewers, opponent
sewers, opponent, sake: Ok first off no offense but those rules will cause alot of problems as you know.. Ball in hand is so much better for argument sake.. And I guess yes you have to shoot up table on those rules but if you are playing those rules you don t HAVE to hit the 8-ball.....

Pool/Billiards: becoming a pro poolplayer, mental toughness, shooting pool
mental toughness, shooting pool, poolplayer: Hi Ro. You re right that it s hard for me to come to an informed opinion without far more information, but I can offer my statistical opinion. Sorry but the news is not good. It is pretty much unheard of for a player who is not already a professional...

Pool/Billiards: Which is best?, slate pool tables, quality tables
slate pool tables, quality tables, pool table: Hi Paul. A slate bed is a minimum in quality. A table with a wooden bed (or other material) is simply not worth the money. It won t be flat or even from the moment you buy it and will get worse over time. To give you an analogy, when car shopping, depending...

Pool/Billiards: how to best remove loose tip and ferrule?, nail polish remover, leather tip
nail polish remover, leather tip, size hole: Hi Brian, I ve been scratching my head trying to answer this question simply. There are several types of ferrules in use and advice varies. I stopped using Tweetens cement years ago for the reasons you describe. For tips I always use cyanoacrylate...

Pool/Billiards: best size pool table, cue stick, cue ball
cue stick, cue ball, size parameters: I would recommend buying standard sized cues--57 for your main play and two cheap shorter cues as well for those shots that are near the rail on the long ends of the table; one 52 cue and one 48 cue. Shorter cues are a necessary evil but they are not an...

Pool/Billiards: better competition, billiards games, professional billiards
billiards games, professional billiards, bca rules: Generally BCA leagues are some of the best competition that you can get outside of tournaments and playing for money. You can go to http://www.playbca.com/ and see if there is any leagues in your area. When I move to a new area I usually go around and see...

Pool/Billiards: Which is better?, cuetec cue, pig skin
cuetec cue, pig skin, diamod: Good question, unfortunately I don t have an exact answer. But, I can share my opinion on this subject with you. First of all I would play with the original tip for awhile. Which is probably a Le Pro medium(great tip). If you don t like it you now have something...

Pool/Billiards: billaiard ball history, object balls, cue ball
object balls, cue ball, line of vision: Hi Markma. As far as I know, dots on cueballs are used to identify the cueball manufacturer. Object balls (the 1-15) can all easily be identified as one manufacturer or another by the design of the writing, colors used, and specifications of the other non-written...

Pool/Billiards: billards, billiards world, cue ball
billiards world, cue ball, pocket billiards: Hi Glenn- If I understand the question correctly, you want to put some side-spin on the cue ball. In the pool and billiards world, side-spin is called english. When you hit the cue ball with english, it curves somewhat during its line of travel before...

Pool/Billiards: billiard felt, damp basements, little tear
damp basements, little tear, olhausen: You don t say, but I assume because you didn t name the brand of table that you have that it s a lesser known brand. Often such tables supply inexpensive cloth. The white streaks from breaking will show up on any cloth over enough time but more so on cheaper...

Pool/Billiards: billiard lamp, pool hall, drop ceiling
pool hall, drop ceiling, pool table: Hi Karen, I m sure you can get a great table for that sort of money. Its important to have it expertly installed so I would ask at the nearest independant pool hall if they can recommend someone. The same person will be able to advise you on the fitting of...

Pool/Billiards: billiard schools, billiard school, quality pool
billiard school, quality pool, pool hall: Tommy As I am based in the UK I dont know of any billiards schools in Philly. However if I were you I would find a quality pool hall and ask if they do coaching. Find who the best players are and ask to practice with them. This will give you an idea of your...

Pool/Billiards: billiard table light/lamp, billiard table light, drop ceiling
billiard table light, drop ceiling, pool table: Hi Karen. Thanks for stopping by. Yes you can get a decent brand new table for $3,000 and a really quite incredible used table in that price range. In fact, you really might be better off looking for a used table, however you must know what to look for....

Pool/Billiards: billiard tables, de humidifier, billiard tables
de humidifier, billiard tables, slatron: Vinny I m sorry to say that slatron tables haven t made it to the UK yet so I know nothing about them. However I have had questions about them before so they must be popular in the US. All I can tell you is that a good second hand slate table which is professionally...

Pool/Billiards: billiard tournament., cushion billiards, billiard tournament
cushion billiards, billiard tournament, billiards tables: The game you are describing, if it is indeed the game I am thinking of, is extremely rare--at least it is in the Northeast United States. I have seen it played almost exclusively by Korean players in three cushion rooms on the undersized billiards tables....

Pool/Billiards: billiard tournaments brackets, billiard tournaments, player bracket
billiard tournaments, player bracket, tournament charts: Hello Julio. Good question. Tournament charts work best with 8,16,32,or 64 players. If you have exactly one of these amounts of players you will not have any byes. The confusion comes in when you have say 13 players. The best way to handle this is to...

Pool/Billiards: billiards and pocket billiards, cue chalk board, robert byrnes
cue chalk board, robert byrnes, pocket billiards: I m sorry Anthony but though I have a few Byrne s books, I wouldn t know where to look for this particular tidbit. I ve racked my brain for names and looked them up, but they re pretty much all in the Hall of Fame--Hoppe, Taberski, Layton, etc. It had to...

Pool/Billiards: billiards table, particle board tables, steve pool
particle board tables, steve pool, billiards table: Steve Pool tables come in various designs and styles but i think what you want is pretty simple. Try and stay away from particle board tables and be sure to get a slate bed table, these can be usually found on many sites on the internet just type into...

Pool/Billiards: billiards tournament, billiard tournaments, billiards tournament
billiard tournaments, billiards tournament, junior league: Here you go Kays: http://www.juniorbilliardstour.com/ This is the only junior league of national standing I know of or have been able to locate. After looking at the site, it appears that there are no upcoming events scheduled at this time. However,...

Pool/Billiards: billiards, cue ball, bert kinister
cue ball, bert kinister, strong rooms: It s always seemed to me that the descriptors, C, B and A to describe the entirety of the range of lower skill levels is incredibly ambiguous. I do think, however, that the higher label, A, is more accurate than the vast range of players who fall into what...

Pool/Billiards: black ball, cue ball, bca pool
cue ball, bca pool, types of games: Hi Again Franca. Any foul committed on the same stroke that the eight ball is pocketed is a loss of game. Scratching the cue ball is a type of foul so again the result is a loss of game. It doesn t matter at all whether the foul occurs before or after the...

Pool/Billiards: bottom english, cue ball, cue tip
cue ball, cue tip, posistion: Hello and thanks for your question. Bottom English (or screw shots has us Brits calls it!) is achieved by making sure of the following things. 1)Firstly is your cue tip domed or flat? if its flat it will be very hard to achieve any English on the cue ball,...

Pool/Billiards: on the break, billiards congress of america, billiard congress of america
billiards congress of america, billiard congress of america, american poolplayers association: It depends on which set of rules you re playing by. It s probably best just to ask what way you re going to play before you start. For many years the Billiard Congress of America was the sole provider of official rules for eight ball. In recent years...

Pool/Billiards: break cue and cue finish, cue maker, sledgehammer
cue maker, sledgehammer, smoothness: Hi, The only break cue I can recommend from personal experience would be the Sledgehammer. As I am based in the UK I cant really say how much a reliable break cue in the US costs, but I am guessing that its a bit more than $200. I never like any type of...

Pool/Billiards: break cue, jump cues, bunjee
jump cues, bunjee, steve lomax: Hi Kays, Sorry to say I haven t tried the Bunjee® cue yet. I assume you refer to Predator s BK2 which is a great break cue. There is a speed rating comparison on jump cues you might want to see that rates the BK2 as delivering the highest speed in test...

Pool/Billiards: break cues, predator bk, break cues
predator bk, break cues, break cue: I have only played 9ball and pool on occasionss when theres been no snooker or billiard competitions and i have never bought a break off cue.The brands you mentioned I have never heard of so cannot really comment on them. My personal point of view is that...

Pool/Billiards: break and new cue shaft, predator bk, predator shaft
predator bk, predator shaft, predator cue: Hi Kays, Thanks for the question(s). I usually try resist recommending specific brands. Individual tastes are so important in the selection of something as personal as a pool cue or shaft. That said, I m conceptually fond of all the laminate shaft...

Pool/Billiards: break and new cue shafts, predator bk, predator cue
predator bk, predator cue, break cue: As far as what I ve seen the Z2 is the best there is. You can can look on the Platnium Billiards website to see a graph on studies they have done on shafts,break cues,and even chalk. I would stick with Predator myself. The flying cueball is tricky. Try...

Pool/Billiards: after the break - rules, bca rules, combination shot
bca rules, combination shot, open table: Hi Kyrie, Thanks for your question. According to APA or BCA rules the 8-ball is NEVER nuetral. It cannot be the first ball struck in any combination shot. If nothing is made on the break, or thereafter, before a ball has been legally pocketed, it is...

Pool/Billiards: break shot, cue ball, absolute hell
cue ball, absolute hell, ball racks: Welcome back Rolex. EQUIPMENT: Most players have a cue dedicated just to breaking. A good cue should not be damaged by breaking, but the punishment inflicted on the break plays absolute hell on a normal playing tip, which will mushroom, harden and, sometimes,...

Pool/Billiards: After the break, pool player, mishmash
pool player, mishmash, two bars: Hi Joey. The game you are referring to is 8-ball; there is no such thing as regular pool. I think the distinction you may be drawing is between official rules and what passes for rules in bars. Both games are 8-ball but the latter is often played with...

Pool/Billiards: breaking, cue ball, light grip
cue ball, light grip, maximum movement: The question of how to hit a great break is one of considerable controversy. One key thing to remember is that you shouldn t break with more power than you can control. Crushing the break is not the best thing to do if it means losing control of the cue ball....

Pool/Billiards: breaking, bca pool, billiard tables
bca pool, billiard tables, cue ball: Hi Shauna. The rules for breaking vary depending on the type of game being played (there are a few hundred different games played on various types of billiard tables, with about 5 games being the most popular). I always assume people are referring to eight-ball...

Pool/Billiards: breaking any buying break cues, piece house cue, break cue
piece house cue, break cue, cue maker: Hi and thanks for your question. Firstly i don t know anything about the make of cue you mentioned, sorry i live in the UK and not heard of that make before, I personally wouldn t buy a breakoff cue, carry on using a house cue. You will find the cueball...

Pool/Billiards: breaking a rack in 8 ball, 5280 cues, cue ball
5280 cues, cue ball, foot spot: Hi, I prefer the straight hit onto the head ball myself. I believe this allows more power to be put through the shot and more control of the white ball. I must add though, we play 8 ball differently in the UK so this may be inconsistent to the way leading...

Pool/Billiards: breaking, cue ball, solid bridge
cue ball, solid bridge, cuestick: Hello and thanks for your question. I will descibe to you the best method for pocketing the eight ball on the break that I am aware of. First, you should place the cue ball on the headstring as close to the side rail as you can while still having a good...

Pool/Billiards: bridges, open bridge, snooker player
open bridge, snooker player, aiming sight: I m not surprised a closed bridge is working better on the long shots. Keep working with it and you ll see that it will work markedly better for power long shots. It is not that it is normal or abnormal to switch after a long time. Rather, it is a necessity...

Pool/Billiards: brunswick 1963, antique pool table, classic billiards
antique pool table, classic billiards, antique pool tables: Hello Rochelle, I have two good and knowledgeable people that I contact regarding the estimated value of older name-brand pool tables. Either one of them, asked nicely, will likely provide you an estimated value for your table simply by asking. Both have...

Pool/Billiards: buying a break cue, predator bk, predator cue
predator bk, predator cue, break cue: Hi Roda, The 2 cues you mention are probably the best break cues on the market, you cant really go wrong with either of them in my opinion. I would lean towards the Sledgehammer but thats my own personal preference. The first time I used this cue I was...

Pool/Billiards: buying a break cue, predator bk, break cue
predator bk, break cue, break cues: Roda the Fury cue sounds like it would do just fine and should cost less than 100.00 . When we think about the break as a shot in the game this is good as it is and what most pro players consider their break to be the shot of the game as the opening shot...

Pool/Billiards: buying break cues and breaking racks, piece house cue, break cue
piece house cue, break cue, break cues: Kay Buying a break cue today has many choices unlike days of yesterday when there were only a couple of cues available for this specific use. Id say forget all the hype of the specialized break cues as like dots on shafts its mostly smoke and mirrors....

Pool/Billiards: buying a break/jump cue, jump cue, break cue
jump cue, break cue, jump cues: Hi, My advice is to get a Sledgehammer jump-break cue. You wont get one for $150 though, unless you get lucky with a second-hand cue. As for the technicality of what makes them work I m not sure. Check out this link for more details. http://www.babysproshop.com/sledgehammer.htm...

Pool/Billiards: buying a break/jump pool cue, professional pool players, jump cue
professional pool players, jump cue, jump cues: I would think the two cue models will perform similarly. Although they are different models, having been made by the same company with the same copnstruction techniques, and having many of the same specifications, as detailed by the manufacturer, they are...

Pool/Billiards: buying cue tips for a jump/break cue, break cue, buffalo tips
break cue, buffalo tips, cue tips: For both jumping and breaking you want a very hard tip. What you are actually doing on a jump is compressing the ball into the cloth; the jump comes from the rebound, so you want a tip with little give. For breaking, you want to transfer as much energy (thus...

Pool/Billiards: buying a pool table, inporting, pool table
inporting, pool table, beringer: Not familiar with Berringer pool tables sens us a web address we will check out this for you there are many companies inporting and manufacturing tables now so check out the competition very closely as some tables are all the same just...

Pool/Billiards: buying a pool table, pool table, beringer
pool table, beringer, name brands: i have searched out the berringer tables and they look good I honestly have not seen one up close so I may not be able to assess one for actual value or playability, but Ive asked several of my dealers about them and they are also blanked as they are a newer...

Pool/Billiards: buying a pool table, size pool, decent condition
size pool, decent condition, pool table: Hi Peggy. I think a regulation size pool table is always an ideal to shoot for but it s better to get a smaller sized table if your space is limited. Playing on a table where your cue hits the wall because the room is too small, takes away far more from...

Pool/Billiards: buying a pool table, billiard congress of america, billiard table sales
billiard congress of america, billiard table sales, cue stick: Hello, and thanks for your question. By reading your question I assume by regulation size you mean 4 1/2 by 9 foot. The professionals play on nine foot tables. The term regulation gets thrown around alot and can be misleading. Actually most billiard table...

Pool/Billiards: buying a pool table, billiard table, drunk friends
billiard table, drunk friends, quality weight: Hi David. I must apologize for the delay in answering this question. I just received an email from Allexperts that I had an overdo question pending that I had not answered. However, I never received the original email notification. Key things to look...

Pool/Billiards: byes, www 8ball, best of luck
www 8ball, best of luck, slots: Hi Ben. With a 32 player chart, you would be giving out 12 byes in the first round and only eight players would compete. four of those players would be eliminated and the next round, with a total of sixteen slots, would be filled up. If you d like to...

Pool/Billiards: CANT GET IT RIGHT, pool table, guess
pool table, guess: Hard to say for sure. My first guess, based on the price of the table, would be that the surface of the table is not slate. If the surface is not good quality slate it may not be perfectly flat. If the surface is not perfectly flat, of course, it cannot...

Pool/Billiards: No Call Shots, billiard congress of america, american poolplayers association
billiard congress of america, american poolplayers association, bca rules: Hi Jamie, Thanks for your question. He should have called the pocket. According to all official sets of rules in used today the eight-ball must be made in a designated pocket. After all balls of a players group have been legally pocketed the eight...

Pool/Billiards: CHOKING, heart of hearts, adive
heart of hearts, adive, pool player: Hello Jonathon, Thanks for your question. The problem of choking is as complicated as it is common. The best players in the world choke sometimes so you’re in good company. There are many reasons people choke and we can choke for different reasons at different...

Pool/Billiards: Clean shot on 8 ball ?, bank shots, caroms
bank shots, caroms, world standardized rules: Well, both actually. If the 8 ball caroms off your opponents ball it s perfectly legal as long as you stike the 8 first. Even in Call Shot you wouldn t have to call the carom - only the object ball and its intended pocket. Here is a paragraph from the...

Pool/Billiards: Cleaning the cue ball, elbow grease, aramith balls
elbow grease, aramith balls, cue ball: Hello and thanks for your question. Yep, I would get the aramith ball cleaner. They also offer a micro fiber cleaning cloth. Both products together is about $11. Just add a little elbow grease and you should be fine. They have machines that do this, but...

Pool/Billiards: Color or cloth on table, tournament cloth, amateur tournament
tournament cloth, amateur tournament, quality cloth: Well, there s plenty of superstition in the world. Personally, I prefer green cloth but I ve been able to play on just about anything. Although, I don t like black, I think it s hard to see on black cloth. I can understand how some players might feel like...

Pool/Billiards: Combination Shot, object balls, cue ball
object balls, cue ball, combination shot: If I understand the scenario correctly (the object ball, first struck by the cue ball, was itself pocketed, after striking another ball), the shot was a kiss, carom, or billiard shot. Combination is usually used to refer to a shot in which an object...

Pool/Billiards: Combination Shot, pocket billiards, bca pool
pocket billiards, bca pool, combination shot: Hey T. Once the table is no longer open (choice of group has been determined), the cue ball must first contact one of your balls before touching the opponent s ball. In your scenario, the shot was a foul; you lose your turn and the opponent has ball in...

Pool/Billiards: Combo legal? or not?, carom, concensus
carom, concensus, opponent: Hi Felix. Thanks for the follow-up. I apologize for the whining remark - that was over the top - I was just trying to add a little humor. No offense intended - really. Now onto your questions. 1) Generally, in gentleman s pool, when play is allowed...

Pool/Billiards: Combo shot with 8 ball, object balls, eight ball
object balls, eight ball, hi mike: Hi Mike. It is not legal and results in a foul because you must hit your object ball first on every shot. When you are stripes, for example, only stripes are object balls. The eight ball becomes an object ball only when you have pocketed all of your group....

Pool/Billiards: Correct height of pool table, world pool billiard, hello bill
world pool billiard, hello bill, pool table: Hello Bill, Because the shape of rail can vary from table to table, pool table height is measured from the floor to the playing area on the cloth of the table (table bed). The official range of acceptable height for the table bed is between 29 1/4 inches...

Pool/Billiards: Cue Ball English, cue ball, cue tip
cue ball, cue tip, bridge hand: Hello Dellon, The biggest problem most players have is learning how low they can aim on the cue ball before they get a miscue. Secondly, many players elevate the butt of their cue in order to strike the cueball lower. That s very bad. Don t do that,...

Pool/Billiards: Cue Ball On Rail, cue ball, recomended
cue ball, recomended, accuracy: hi and thanks for your question. Basically, its recomended to hit the shot softly when the cue ball is on a rail to improve accuracy. Obviously you will be lifting your cue up slightly and hitting the top half of the ball, this promotes unintentional spin...

Pool/Billiards: Cue recommendation, ounce range, pool billiards
ounce range, pool billiards, meucci cues: Hi Joseph. Sorry for the delay; I had a busy week. I hate to start off hostile to the one preference you stated in your question, but I don t recommend any products by Meucci and wrote a previous article explaining why (in fact, Meucci is the only cue manufacturer...

Pool/Billiards: Cue stick tips, billiards supply, cue tip
billiards supply, cue tip, cue sticks: Replacing tips is not too hard. There are a few places online that offer free step-by-step instructions such as http://www.easypooltutor.com/article56.html and there is a Microsoft Word file you can download at http://billiards.com.au/MWTech/How-to-replace-a-poo-cue-tip.doc...

Pool/Billiards: Cue sticks and Break sticks, break cue, break cues
break cue, break cues, piece cue: An important reason break cues are popular among top players is simply to protect their shooting cue and its tip. A hard break stroke takes its toll on a cue over time. It can loosen or crack the ferrule and flatten a carefully rounded tip. Top players guard...

Pool/Billiards: Cue Tips, cuetec pool cue, production cues
cuetec pool cue, production cues, cue tips: Hello and thanks for your question. I have only seen screw on tips on cheaper cues of lesser quality. I do recall seeing an ad for a screw on system that was supposedly of good quality, but have never encountered it. Yes it can be a bit inconvenient to...

Pool/Billiards: Cue tip shaping and table lighting, joe porper, dispersion of light
joe porper, dispersion of light, uniform dispersion: Hi Greg, I recommend a lighting fixture with 4 elements on an eight foot table. You can get by with three but you ll notice light falloff at the ends of the table and, of course, the idea is to have light that is as uniform as possible over the entire...

Pool/Billiards: Cue tip, lucasi pool cue, lucasi cues
lucasi pool cue, lucasi cues, buffalo tips: Hello and thanks for your question. I really like lucasi cues, I think they are one of the best deals around. First off Le Pro tips are probably the most common tip around. It is usually what comes installed on most new production cues. This is a good tip...

Pool/Billiards: Cue tips, cue maintenance, cue tips
cue maintenance, cue tips, cue tip: Hi David. Sorry, but I don t know of any way to tell whether a cue tip is hard, medium or soft just by looking at it, nor any easy test of hardness. If the cuetip mushrooms easily then it s soft. If it barely mushrooms at all over a long period of time...

Pool/Billiards: Cue weight, personal preference, balance point
personal preference, balance point, straight answer: There is no straight answer! It is a matter of personal preference. If there was only one correct answer, there would only be one option made! Actually the balance is more important to how a cue feels than the actual weight. Two cues can weigh exactly the...

Pool/Billiards: Cues, billiard supply, phenolic resin
billiard supply, phenolic resin, pool two: Hello and welcome to this great game! Being that you are just starting out and don t yet know or appreciate the subtle differences and characteristics between cues, do not spend a ton of money on one just because it looks nice or someone told you to. You...

Pool/Billiards: called shots, kisses, balls
kisses, balls, banks: If he called his ball, hit one of his balls first, and made the ball he called it is a legal shot. It doesn t matter how many other balls fall or in what order. He got a legal hit on one of his balls and the one he called fell where he intended. In all...

Pool/Billiards: calling a shot, cue ball, balls
cue ball, balls, pool: Hi Robert. Nothing happens. Incidental balls, whether they are pocketed before or after the called ball, are irrelevant. They stay down and have no affect on the legality of the shot. So long as the ball you called goes in the pocket you designated, and...

Pool/Billiards: carom, position play in three cushion billiards, billiard atlas
position play in three cushion billiards, billiard atlas, raymond ceulemans: Hi Terry. Oh yes, they are out there. I own quite a number and love three cushion. Unfortunately, they are mostly out of print, hard to find and expensive. My first recommendation is Mr. 100 by Raymond Ceulemans (who I have had the pleasure of playing...

Pool/Billiards: carpet, scotch whiskey, billiard room
scotch whiskey, billiard room, tile floor: Hi Don, You re right, advertisers are not pool players. Well, its always easy for me to say what I d do so thanks for asking. I like carpet under my feet when I play. Particularly if I m going to play for several hours it s much easier on the feet....

Pool/Billiards: cheap jump/break cue, break cue, jump cue
break cue, jump cue, cue repairs: Hello, and thanks for your question. If money is an issue, you should start with the tip. It is the most important part of the cue. You need a very hard tip for a jump/break cue. Phenolic tips are good for this purpose, but I don t think they hold chalk...

Pool/Billiards: i always choke under pressure, exact moment, abut
exact moment, abut, six games: Hello and thanks for your question. Choking is a big problem for a lot of people. Sometimes referred to as 8 ball itus. Missing a very easy shot you should make is very frustrating. Fist off , you always have a chance to win. I have seen big favorites lose...

Pool/Billiards: choosing a break cue, predator bk, break cue
predator bk, break cue, break cues: It s not better in the sense of harder. Other tips are even harder. But once you get into the very hard range, a slight difference in hardness will not matter. The fact that a phenolic tip should last forever without scuffing is certainly an advantage, in...

Pool/Billiards: cleaning the ferrule, zero zero zero, chalk down
zero zero zero, chalk down, case walls: Hi Harry. Go to your local hardware store and buy 000 (zero zero zero) steel wool. It ll make your ferrule as smooth as glass and thus make it easier to avoid it retaining chalk. All else is common sense: wash your hands when they get chalk covered and...

Pool/Billiards: cleaning the ferrule, snooker cues, pool cues
snooker cues, pool cues, ferrule: If your ferrule is the brass type, like on snooker cues, I usually clean it with the very finest sandpaper you can get. If it s a plastic one, like on pool cues, I recomend using a LITTLE bit of lemon juice on a cloth, brings things up a treat, can also use...

Pool/Billiards: closed or oopen bridge, open bridge, bridge hand
open bridge, bridge hand, pool player: Hi The closed bridge is working for you on the long shots as it gives you tighter control of the cue. You should be ready to change your bridge hand according to the conditions available, bridging off a rail, over a ball, etc. Be careful not to get to tight...

Pool/Billiards: closed or open bridge, billiard player, open bridge
billiard player, open bridge, pool snooker: Hello and thanks for the questions. Firstly a good pool,snooker and billiard player has many skills and if you can use a open and closed bridge just has good as each other then you have a good weapon in your arsenal mate. I too can use both but i only use...

Pool/Billiards: collision induced throw, optical illiusion, speed decreases
optical illiusion, speed decreases, tiny variations: I find that the thickness of the contact has more influence on throw than other factors, but you have probably hit the nail on the head when you say that you may be automatically adjusting for throw subconsciously. I believe that making conscious adjustments...

Pool/Billiards: combination shot, billiards congress of america, combination shot
billiards congress of america, combination shot, congress of america: Hi Corryn, I would suggest that you abide by the rules of the BCA, (Billiards Congress of America) which say that it would be a foul to hit your opponents ball first in any situation. Your opponent would then have ball in hand. Hope this helps, Breez...

Pool/Billiards: combination shots, bca rules, cue ball
bca rules, cue ball, abroud: Hello Bill, and thanks for your question. The shot you describe IS LEGAL under all rules that I am aware of. I know a lot of different versions of ways to play 8 ball. The world Standardized rules are BCA rules, and in my opinion the best way to play. I...

Pool/Billiards: combo 8 ball, scratch game, cue ball
scratch game, cue ball, 8ball: Hmmmm, still not sure exactly what you happened but I can describe 3 possibilities. 1) If you hit your ball first and nothing fell at all it s just the other players turn from there as long as any ball touched a rail. 2) If the cue ball went in by...

Pool/Billiards: consistency, knowledgeable friend, shot routine
knowledgeable friend, shot routine, playing pool: Hello and thanks for your question. This is a very common problem. Beginners usually experience this on a more widely varying degree. Even from one shot to the next. This is due to poor fundamentals, lack of experience and about a hundred other reasons....

Pool/Billiards: How to correctly (legally) jump a ball, cue ball, cue stick
cue ball, cue stick, hitting the bottom: Dear Billiard Lover, Thanks for the question but it sounds to me like you have an illegal jump shot. The only legal way to jump a ball is to strike down on it with an elevated cue as if trying to force the ball into the slate which, of course, causes...

Pool/Billiards: correctly placing rails, side pockets, framing square
side pockets, framing square, rail sections: Hello Robert, Thanks for the question. You want to base your thinking on the dimensions of the playing surface itself. Pool table playing surfaces are always exactly twice as long as they are wide.The size of the playing surface is measured from the...

Pool/Billiards: cue, world pool billiard, billiard congress of america
world pool billiard, billiard congress of america, bca tournament: Hi Keli, Thanks for the question. You re at the maximum allowable weight for WPA/BCA tournament rules. The World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) and the Billiard Congress of America (BCA) require cues to comply with the following: Length of Cue:...

Pool/Billiards: cue ball with star, cue ball, worth money
cue ball, worth money, antique dealer: I cannot be sure about the star on it. I am not aware of a company that did that. This doesn t mean anything, there are plenty of obscure companies that made great products that are not well known. If it is truely ivory, the ball could go from $15.00 to around...

Pool/Billiards: cue joint, joss cue, predator shaft
joss cue, predator shaft, joss cues: Hi Kays, Not sure about this one. I know that Joss now offers the uni-loc joint but I don t know if they offer it on everything they make. If you re buying a new Joss I d try to just order one with a uni-loc joint. If you have a good deal on an existing...

Pool/Billiards: cue maintenance, wooden shaft, cue maintenance
wooden shaft, cue maintenance, glass rod: Hello Kays, It depends on the type of shaft really. Here s what has worked for me many times. If your working on a shaft that is solid wood, with the factory finish removed, I would wrap the shaft in a couple of layers of paper towel and then get the...

Pool/Billiards: cue maintenance, extreme temperature conditions, cue maintenance
extreme temperature conditions, cue maintenance, flat bottoms: In no particular order, here are a number of pointer s for cue maintenance. Almost all cues have a countersunk joint. This means that when screwing your cue together, you should first go the wrong direction (counterclockwise) until it clicks in, then screw...

Pool/Billiards: cue maintenence, cue tip, glue gel
cue tip, glue gel, pool cue: Hi, With my cue shaft the only maintenance I do on it is to rub it down with very fine sand paper, the finer the better. I do this occasionally when I start to notice any stickines or unevenness. I would say once a month, and dont go mad, you are supposed...

Pool/Billiards: cue repair, cue repair, ferrule
cue repair, ferrule, repair man: Hello Joe, Hard to be sure how to answer this without knowing what kind and/or quality of shaft we re talking about. My response assumes this is a quality shaft with a hard ferrule that is split down the side and that there is a tenon from the shaft...

Pool/Billiards: cue rules, foot spot, foul shot
foot spot, foul shot, professional rules: hello and thanks for your questions. Firstly if someone miscues and legally hits one of his balls and pots it, then that is classed as a perfectly good shot , just sounds like a fluke to me! On the subject if he bumped a ball before shooting ,that is classed...

Pool/Billiards: cue shaft dings, wet toilet paper, glass object
wet toilet paper, glass object, saltshaker: Hi Kays This will only work for an actual ding, rather than a gouge. Take a pea-sized piece of wet toilet paper and place it over the ding. The water will swell the wood in that one spot. Leave the toilet paper on for a few minutes. When you take it off,...

Pool/Billiards: my cue slide, removing dents, pool chalk
removing dents, pool chalk, cuetec cue: Hello Lloyd, thanks for writing. It doesn t take long for a shaft to get gunked up with hand oil, pool chalk, powder, and other crud including nicotine if you play in a smokey environment. High humidity speeds up that process too. A shaft can get real sticky....

Pool/Billiards: cue suitability, billiards cues, billiards cue
billiards cues, billiards cue, billiard cue: God knows I love my billiards cue but playing pool with it just doesn t work well. Billiards cues have many refinements to make them very, very stiff and thus to make them deflect far less on shots than a pool cue. This is necessary because in billiards,...

Pool/Billiards: cue tip, snooker tip, snooker player
snooker tip, snooker player, cue tip: Hey Brandon, Thanks for the question. Tips vary in quality, and change over time, as you have probably experienced. And the cheaper ones don t seem to be as good as they used to. I used to use one particular brand and was happy with them for years....

Pool/Billiards: cue tip, greatest pool players, snooker cue
greatest pool players, snooker cue, cue tip: Hi Javier. There is no right cue tip size. If you strike the cue ball properly with just about any cue, with a tip of any size, you will be successful. You should be concentrating right now on increasing your overall knowledge of position play and learning...

Pool/Billiards: cue tips, cue tips, abc sports
cue tips, abc sports, cat 34: Hi Don. You ve probably heard this before but you might be better off replacing your ferrule with a more conventional one with a glued on tip. I know it s less convenient, but they are better. Neverthless, ask and you shall receive. All of the sites below...

Pool/Billiards: cue tips, production cues, density meter
production cues, density meter, cue tips: Hello, and thanks for your question. The hardness of a tip is based on its density. You can test the hardness with a density meter to get a representitive number. The chart is as follows- soft 60-65 medium 66-75 medium hard 76-80 hard 81-85 extra hard...

Pool/Billiards: cue tips, cue tips, cue tip
cue tips, cue tip, tiger: Hello and thanks for your question. The softer the tip the easier it is to apply a great deal of spin. However, a softer tip is also more prone to mushrooming and doesn t hold its shape as well. They will require more attention and grooming and will wear out...

Pool/Billiards: cue tips, cue repair, cue tips
cue repair, cue tips, personal preference: Hello Larry, Good question. It really depends on both the player and the cue. Some players like a stiffer hit than others and a harder tip can help supply that. Mostly, I like whatever is on the cue when I m playing really well. ;-) Also, the shape...

Pool/Billiards: cue tips for english, cue tips, cue tip
cue tips, cue tip, slow reply: Hi Dave, Very sorry for the slow reply, just been away on holiday and couldn t get online. Many players seem to like the harder tips these days, but I find that a medium tip works better if you use lots of english, hard tips can give more mis-cues with extreme...

Pool/Billiards: cue tips, pool snooker, glue gel
pool snooker, glue gel, excess glue: Hi Lee There is nothing wrong with Blue Diamonds, but some people prefer Elkmaster. To re-tip your cue take the following steps. 1. Remove all traces of old tip with stanley knife and then sandpaper. 2. Sand under side of new tip until smooth and clean....

Pool/Billiards: cue, greetings from poland, pool cues
greetings from poland, pool cues, playing pool: Your English in this question is perfectly adequate. Unfortunately, I must tell you, an aluminum cue is not. Playing pool with an aluminum cue is like a trying to fish with a club. Aluminum is not suited for pool cues. It provides improper balance, and gives...

Pool/Billiards: cueing straight and mental preparation before a match., natural confidence, balance problem
natural confidence, balance problem, vertical plane: Hello Frank, I have had a similar problem espcially under pressure. If you re stroke is moving from outside the vertical plane to in plane I would guess that your elbow drops during your stroke and that it is on the inside of the vertical plane to begin...

Pool/Billiards: cues, mcdermott cues, quality cues
mcdermott cues, quality cues, joss cue: Hi Gerard. Thanks for stopping by. Both Joss and McDermott cues, as retail cues go, are fine products. I personally generally prefer the hit of Josses over McDermott s, but then again, you are correct that Josses are stiffer hitting than McDermott s,...

Pool/Billiards: cues, custom cue maker, cue makers
custom cue maker, cue makers, custom cues: Hi Rick. The problem is that each player may prefer a different hit and there are so many excellent cuemakers out there. So although I can offer general advice and direct you to some websites of cuemakers whose cues I like, I cannot recommend buying a cue...

Pool/Billiards: cushion, mallot, pool hall
mallot, pool hall, pool table: I have looked and I can t really find a good site on refelting rails. You really just have to take them off and do it. My wife, who has never refelted a pool table, refelted all the reails on my 9ft. enclosed pocket Gandy by herself. It is not hard at all...

Pool/Billiards: cussion specs, cushions, misunderstanding
cushions, misunderstanding, angles: Both K-55 and K-66 cushions can be used to make a fine playing table. There is a difference in the shape of the profile of the two cushions. The K-55 cushion is a little larger containing a little more rubber. The K-66 is basically triangular and a little...

Pool/Billiards: custom cue, pechauer custom cues, custom cue maker
pechauer custom cues, custom cue maker, jerry pechauer: Hello Chad, Tough question to answer. Choosing a custom made cue is such a personal issue it s hard to recommend a cue maker without using my personal bias, especially not knowing taste or budget. That said, below is a list of cue makers, that have...

Pool/Billiards: cutting simonis 860
Hi James, I assume your Simonis is 78 inches wide. You ll want 60 by 104 for the bed of the table. That should leave you a piece 18 by 104 . Rip that into three strips that are 6 by 104 and cut those three strips in half so you have six rail strips...

Pool/Billiards: Demensions of billiard tables, dimensions of a pool table, square legs
dimensions of a pool table, square legs, personal pool: Well pool tables are almost all different hieghts. And depending on the brand, the leg widths vary. My personal pool table at home is a 9ft. x 4.5ft. Gandy. It is oly 3.5 feet tall and the legs are 1.5 x 1.5 square legs. Below is the demensions of a standard...

Pool/Billiards: Designating pocket for 8-ball, billiard congress of america, congress of america
billiard congress of america, congress of america, american pool: Yes, you can designate a different pocket each time you shoot at the 8 ball. Sounds like your friend may be confusing rules from last pocket 8-ball. In that game you must play the 8-ball in the same pocket as the one in which you make the last ball of your...

Pool/Billiards: Diamond system on 7 vs 8 vs 9 ft tables, rubber cushions, 9ft tables
rubber cushions, 9ft tables, foot tales: Hey Bob, interesting question. This sounds like a myth to me, one that I have never heard before. Obviously, the playing surface area on 7,8, and 9 foot tales are different from one another, as are their dimensions. However, though a rail from an 8 ft table...

Pool/Billiards: Diamond system, raymond ceulemans, billiards table
raymond ceulemans, billiards table, cue ball: Chuck, This is very true. Most 3-cushion players use a system. Just for starters, Robert Bryne s Bryne s New Standard Book of Pool and Billiards covers the system in the billiards section. The simplest system I know is a no-english system. 1....

Pool/Billiards: Diamond systems, billiard atlas, atlas systems
billiard atlas, atlas systems, vcr tape: Hi Tony. I am not personally familiar with instructional videos but I knew where to look, so, I have a few titles for you, but I give no guarantees of their merit. http://www.poolvideo.com/pv282.htm http://www.poolvideo.com/pv213.htm http://marketplace.azbilliards.com/store/product.php?productid=17178&cat=0&bestseller&js=n...

Pool/Billiards: Different types of cues, irish linen, pool player
irish linen, pool player, grained rock: There are as many opinions as there are players I guess. Your question is really, for the average pool player what s the difference ? I guess I would ask if you want to remain an average pool player. If you do, then I d say there s not much difference....

Pool/Billiards: Disassembly Advice, needle nose pliers, drop pockets
needle nose pliers, drop pockets, spray adhesives: Hi Josh, You don t say what kind of table you have or how the cloth is attached so I m phrasing my response rather loosely. If you have leather drop-pockets you ll find small tacks, or maybe screws, that will need to be removed before you remove the...

Pool/Billiards: Disassembly instructions 9' Gold Medal, leveling screws, screw holes
leveling screws, screw holes, sophisticated table: Hi John, But then what are you going to do without a table? ;-) I m not familiar with a Gold Medal table so I can t offer specific instructions on that but I will say that if you re handy with a wrench taking a table apart is not a difficult procedure....

Pool/Billiards: Disassembly/storage/Reassembly, thick slate, table winners
thick slate, table winners, vertical pocket: Hi Adam, Modest by some standards perhaps but certainly well worth moving and nice to play on too. Glad you re not leaving it behind. I ve not taken one of those apart but they look like pretty customary construction. Vertical pocket bolts going into...

Pool/Billiards: The Dot's or Diamonds on the rails, diamond system, pool player
diamond system, pool player, bank shots: Hello Gord, The markings on the side of the table are known as the diamond system. Players who learn how to use the system swear by its effectiveness. I dont use it myself as I had already learnt the angles 15 years before I saw a table with the diamonds...

Pool/Billiards: Doubel Elimination Chart, double elimination chart, pool tournament
double elimination chart, pool tournament, left hand side: Hi Anna. You re right. That website is down. I searched but cannot find any freely downloadable double elimination charts. It s strange because a few years ago there were at least three different sites that offered them for download in pdf printable format....

Pool/Billiards: Double ( triple) combination shots, billiard congress of america, bca pool
billiard congress of america, bca pool, object balls: Hi Will. It was a legal shot and yes you can. The rule in eight-ball, at least in most official sources of rules such as the World Standardized Rules: 8-ball, is that one must only call a ball and a pocket and nothing else. This means that you do not need...

Pool/Billiards: Drills/Practice, reccomendation, organized group
reccomendation, organized group, casual games: Hello and thanks for your question. Drills are extremely important for improvement. The time spent focused on drills will always pay off many times more than just banging balls or playing casual games of no consequence. The problem is most people tend to...

Pool/Billiards: deciding on cue length, billiards player, beginer
billiards player, beginer, six feet: Kays. Almost all cues come in a standard length. Standard length is typically 57 to 59 inches. There s nothing wrong with experimenting with different lengths but, unless you have some reason for thinking a standard length will not suit you (such as that your...

Pool/Billiards: 'diamond system', cushion billiards, diamond system
cushion billiards, diamond system, aim point: The diamond system is primarily used to calculate aim points for three rail shots. It is primary tool in the game of three cushion billiards. Because pool tables are always twice as long as they are wide and the diamonds are placed in geometrically equivalent...

Pool/Billiards: distance allowed for ball to move accidentally allowing to re-do the shot, cue ball, apologising
cue ball, apologising, opponent: Hi Vergene, May I start by apologising for the long delay in responding to your question. I meant to sign myself off the site for a couple of weeks for vacation but forgot. Sorry. To answer your question, I dont know of any official rule which allows you...

Pool/Billiards: the dots, billiard atlas, billiard games
billiard atlas, billiard games, billiard table: Post answer follow-up: It is very disappointing that you would give me a terrible rating. I can t speak for helpfulness as that is to some extent subjective, but I answered this question the same day you asked it and YOU didn t return and read it for two weeks,...

Pool/Billiards: double elimination bracket, double elimination bracket, pool tournament
double elimination bracket, pool tournament, adobe acrobat: Hi Yvonne. No problem. Go to the following website for a free double elimination pool tournament chart: http://www.playpool.com/download.php?op=viewdownload&cid=1 Note that these charts are in PDF format. If you have trouble opening them you...

Pool/Billiards: draw shot on a new table, world pool billiard, snooker balls
world pool billiard, snooker balls, size pockets: Hello Raj, According to the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) to dimensions of corner pockets should be between 4.5 and 4.625 inches wide at the mouth of the pocket. 4.625 inches is an eighth of an inch more than two balls in width. Standard balls...

Pool/Billiards: draw shot, cue ball, flat edge
cue ball, flat edge, chalk: Hi Butch, Glad you re getting back into the game. We ve missed you. Sounds like you might need a new tip or better chalk. To get a really nice draw stroke you want a nicely rounded tip. If your tip is too flat you ll be hitting the cue ball with that...

Pool/Billiards: draw stroke, stroke motion, shaft diameter
stroke motion, shaft diameter, power strokes: Hi Legace. It s difficult for me to precisely diagnose any problems without watching you play but I can offer some general tips about the draw stroke and how to increase its power. 1) A large part of power on the stroke comes from arm swing speed and...

Pool/Billiards: drills, virtual pool table, pendulum toy
virtual pool table, pendulum toy, object balls: Hi Brock. In order for me to effectively answer your question, I need to you to download a resource where I can SHOW you drills and explanatory diagrams, instead of trying to describe various table positions with words. Please open up a second browser...

Pool/Billiards: EIGHT-BALL RULES: Playing the 8-Ball, eight ball rules, world standardized rules
eight ball rules, world standardized rules, bank shots: As always, I must state that eight ball is played with a innumerable sets of rules. Yes the official rules are...well...official (and better), but if the venue at which you are playing has a house rule at variance with the official rules, it trumps. The...

Pool/Billiards: Eight Ball Break, billiard congress of america, bca pool
billiard congress of america, bca pool, congress of america: Hi Peggy Lou. Your friend is not so off base because at one time the rule was that pocketing the eight ball on the break resulted in a win, but he or she is nevertheless incorrect. Following is the text of the official rule, explaining exactly what must...

Pool/Billiards: Eight Ball Shot, legal manner, opponent
legal manner, opponent, opponents: Hi Kat. As long as you make you ball in a legal manner and no foul is committed, you go again. Since it is not illegal or a foul to pocket your opponent s ball, there is no penalty; it stays down and it is still your turn. Best of luck, Pool Teache...

Pool/Billiards: Eight Ball, cue ball, best of luck
cue ball, best of luck, pockets: Hi Jack. No a player does not lose his or her turn. There is no penalty at all for pocketing an opponent s ball. In fact, in official rules a player must call only a ball and a pocket and so long as no foul is committed, gets to go again if that designated...

Pool/Billiards: Eight ball on the break=win?, incoming player, recreational venues
incoming player, recreational venues, professional rules: Hi Jerry. In professional rules you do not. In many bar and recreational venues, however, you do. There is little doubt that this is in some measure due to the fact that on coin operated tables there is no way to get the eight ball back if it is made on...

Pool/Billiards: Eight ball trick shots, cue ball, trick shots
cue ball, trick shots, runnable: Hi Charles. Simply put, no, there is not, period. As I m sure you re already aware, there are breaking techniques that are thought to increase the odds of making the eight ball—most notably going into the side of the pack—but this just increases the...

Pool/Billiards: English, cue ball, horizontal axis
cue ball, horizontal axis, vertical axis: Hello and thanks for your question. Spin was originally called side or twist or screw . The term english was not used to describe this untill the 1870s, presumably because English players were the first to use the new technique in America. In England...

Pool/Billiards: English Billiards in the US, english billiards, unusual games
english billiards, unusual games, new game: Hello and thanks for your question. I am sorry I do not know too much about english billiards. I am familliar with a game called 3 ball, but I do not think it is what you are referring to. In any case, I do not know of any organized leagues or clubs built...

Pool/Billiards: English, Follow, and Draw, ball cue, cue ball
ball cue, cue ball, two balls: Hello Britt, Thanks for the question(s). It s a bit difficult to answer some questions without seeing the exact placement of object ball, cue ball and desired position result. But I ll give your good questions the best response I can. Your first question...

Pool/Billiards: English Pub Pool, world pool championships, snooker player
world pool championships, snooker player, snooker tables: Hi Marvin, English pool was developed to provide extra income for pubs. As most of the pubs in the uk were small places in those days the game was scaled down and simplified to speed up the game. (More games= more money) American pool has struggled to establish...

Pool/Billiards: English, cue ball, 12 oclock
cue ball, 12 oclock, clock face: Hi billiard shark, Like the name. Mastering the appropriate use of English is essential in order to obtain total control of the white ball. When to play with english? When you cant get the white to where you want it any other way. How to apply English?...

Pool/Billiards: Entry Level League Pool cue, mcdermott cue, break cue
mcdermott cue, break cue, meucci cue: Hi Ken, You wont go far wrong with a Mcdermott cue, but you might like to check out this link to a site selling a meucci cue with a black dot shaft. http://www.budgetcues.com/meucci_demo_cue.htm Then check out some of these videos of the guys testing the...

Pool/Billiards: eight ball, cue ball, colostate edu
cue ball, colostate edu, cue stick: The most important rule is that a legal jump requires the shooter to hit down on the cue ball, thus forcing it into the table bed from which it rebounds. It is absolutely illegal to scoop underneath the cue ball to jump it. In fact, doing the latter results...

Pool/Billiards: eight ball, mike smith
mike smith: Yes, but only if the table is not open. If the table is open (no one has called and pocketed a ball), then you can hit the 8 ball first even though it will result in the table still being open (if the table is open, you hit the 8 ball first, and you pocket...

Pool/Billiards: eight ball, bca pool, 8 ball rules
bca pool, 8 ball rules, world standardized rules: Hi Judy. There is no definitively correct answer to this question because you weren t playing by official rules, which means anything goes. The problem is that 8-ball is played all over by amateurs using a hodgepodge of rules that have no consistency. The...

Pool/Billiards: eight ball break, billiard congress of america, bca rules
billiard congress of america, bca rules, congress of america: Hi Dan, This would vary a bit from one set of rules to another. But, in Billiard Congress of America (BCA) rules it is a foul anytime a ball leaves the table. If the 8 ball leaves the table it s a loss of game. In the example you describe the penalty...

Pool/Billiards: eight ball corner pocket, cue ball, shot games
cue ball, shot games, vnea: Yes, well in many places making a shot clean is a popular concept. But the official rules for all current league and professional play don t require that. All that is necessary is that the eight ball is struck first and that it falls in the pocket designated...

Pool/Billiards: after the eight ball drops, cue ball, rule of thumb
cue ball, rule of thumb, eight ball: A good rule of thumb is a shot is not over until all balls stop moving . If you re playing 8-ball in a league that gives a point for each ball pocketed (Valley, TAP, etc.) then, yes, the cue ball or other ball interaction may pocket a ball or two after...

Pool/Billiards: eight ball falling into pocket, cue ball, straight eight
cue ball, straight eight, bca: Hello and thanks for your question. As long as the eight ball sat motionless for five seconds or more, it needs to be replaced in its original position and it would be your turn to shoot the eight. BCA rule 3.30 covers this situation. 3.30 BALLS...

Pool/Billiards: eight ball game, object balls, combination shot
object balls, combination shot, cue ball: Hi Warrior. Let me tell you some applicable rules first, and then explain their application to your question. These rules are from the perspective of the World Standardized Rules: 8-ball: *The table is always open after the break regardless of what is...

Pool/Billiards: eight ball and nine ball, bca pool, incoming player
bca pool, incoming player, world standardized rules: In nine ball, playing by official rules, you win if you make the nine ball on the break unless you commit a foul during the same inning (such as scratching). In eight ball you do not win. This is, of course not the rule that is often played in bars and...

Pool/Billiards: eight ball pool tournaments, pool tournaments, ball pool
pool tournaments, ball pool, reply: Resending this... Your question is a little too broad for me to be specific with a reply. Please tell me what aspects of a tournament you would like help with; rules, organizing, promoting, directing (???). I need a little more direction to work from...

Pool/Billiards: eight ball rule, cue ball, regaurdless
cue ball, regaurdless, infractions: Hello Becca, and thanks for your question. No, you can not make your last ball and the eight ball in the same stroke, if you do it would be loss of game regaurdless of whether you call this as your intention or not. BCA rule 4.20 states in part LOSS...

Pool/Billiards: eight ball rules, bca pool, eight ball rules
bca pool, eight ball rules, world standardized rules: The official rules of eight ball (World Standardized Rules) and a number of other games are set forth here: http://www.bca-pool.com/play/tournaments/rules/rls_8bl.shtml You re right that it is hard to get players interested in these real and far better...

Pool/Billiards: eight ball, solids, clarification
solids, clarification, opponents: Hi Rich I assume you are playing in the US, this makes a big difference as we in the UK play to a different set of rules to you guys in the US. Over here it would break the rules to make one of your opponents balls in the circumstances you describe. However...

Pool/Billiards: english, englishmen, best of luck
englishmen, best of luck, billiards: Hi Skip. According to the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Billiards, the origin of the the term english to refer to sidespin is unknown. It is suggested that during the 1800s Englishmen either visiting or or who had emigrated to America, may have introduced...

Pool/Billiards: english, cueball, angles
cueball, angles, gears: throw or cling is the name of the problem. Picture to gears spinning against each other. When the cueball spins right it throws the object ball slightly left. Or vise versa, but none the less it doesn t take much to nipple out of the pocket. The dirtier...

Pool/Billiards: english pub pool, pub pool, foot spot
pub pool, foot spot, pool games: Lawrence, Actually there is a certain breakshot for most pool games that will hit a ball in. So why arn t people doing it all the time, right? the problem is not the break...it s the rack. You have to get a perfect rack everytime. It s virtually impossible...

Pool/Billiards: What is english, cue ball, pool table
cue ball, pool table, rha: Resending this... Hello Rha, Hmmmm, well, a moving ball can be doing any combination of three things, rolling, sliding, and spinning. English is causing the cue ball to spin by intentionally striking it to the left or right of its center. Obviously...

Pool/Billiards: Not enough playing space, ft table, small tables
ft table, small tables, pool table: Sorry but twelve feet just isn t long enough. That would only leave you about 2 1/2 feet to wield a 5ft cue. Even with a 6ft table you might wanna buy shorter sticks. I know Sears use to sell small tables. Some of them are those combo tables that you play...

Pool/Billiards: Just an excuse?, foot tables, foot table
foot tables, foot table, intensive purposes: It depends on your playing style. For most players it is easier to play on a smaller table simply because they do not have to extend their body too much for a shot. Very tall or lanky people sometimes find it easier to play on larger tables. It also has to...

Pool/Billiards: Felt for 8' table, amateur championships, pool table
amateur championships, pool table, american heritage: Wish I could help more but I am not familiar with America s Choice cloth so I can t comment on its speed. Usually a selling point of Teflon cloth is that it doesn t stain if you spill things on it. Don t know if that s a concern for you. I ve been playing...

Pool/Billiards: Filling out a tournament chart, double elimination chart, pool tournament
double elimination chart, pool tournament, random spots: Hi Tirtza: Thanks for stopping by. I don t know of any place that gives insrtuctions for assigning byes, but I will give you instructions. Please either have the tournament chart in front of you, or go to this web address (in a separate window) and...

Pool/Billiards: First ball contacted, 8 balls, silliness
8 balls, silliness, nuance: Hi Gavin. No you do not. The rule is called the ball and pocket rule for a reason. All you must do is indicate which ball and which pocket. If you make the designated ball in the designated pocket, and commit no foul, the shot is legal. What you are...

Pool/Billiards: Fix cue warps, mueller sporting goods, quality shafts
mueller sporting goods, quality shafts, cuemaker: Hello and thanks for your question. First off DO NOT leave your cue in your car. A small warp or bow usually is not really as bad as most people think. I would rather play with a cue that has a slight bow than one with a bad tip. Anyways, you could take...

Pool/Billiards: Fixing uneven slate, pool room, slates
pool room, slates, shims: Hi Jim. I am not a table mechanic but have helped recover tables and table mechanics do their work and I agree with your assessment. They should have done a complete job by removing the cloth and rewaxing (or bondoing) the seams. I m sorry but I can t tell...

Pool/Billiards: Flooring recommendation for the room, floor trusses, floor joists
floor trusses, floor joists, roof trusses: Hello Bob, A solid pool table can be leveled nicely on just about any stable surface. Although seams in carpet won t make it easier to level a pool table they won t make it impossible either. If you put carpet down I d start by assembling the frame and...

Pool/Billiards: Follow, muscle control, latter technique
muscle control, latter technique, desired position: Hi Kylie. The whole game of pool revolves around position play. Once you have analyzed the table and decided what position you want to achieve, getting to that predetermined position is what drives people to distraction. I m not sure exactly what you...

Pool/Billiards: Foul On Eight Ball., cue ball, eightball
cue ball, eightball, opponent: Well under BCA tournament rules, if you pocket the eightball out of turn you lose. If while shooting at the eight ball, you pocket the cue ball, but you failed to pocket the eight ball, your opponent gets ball in hand. If you make the eight ball and the cue...

Pool/Billiards: where to draw the line and the dot, 7ft pool table, cue ball
7ft pool table, cue ball, foot spot: Hi again and congradulations on your new table, I m sure it will bring you a lifetime of entertainment. As far as your question goes, you do not need to draw a line for the cue ball in any games that I know of. I assume you are refering to the kitchen line...

Pool/Billiards: Fouls, object balls, cue ball
object balls, cue ball, straight pool: Hi Jesse. Assuming you are referring to typical games such as 8 ball, 9 ball, straight pool, etc., the answer is yes, it is a foul. The rule is that on every shot a player must first 1) contact one of his object balls and then 2) some ball must strike a...

Pool/Billiards: Fouls, cue ball, question concerns
cue ball, question concerns, rule changes: Hi Mike. You haven t stated the game your question concerns so I am going to assume you mean eight-ball or nine-ball since the rule is the same for both, and they are usually what is being referred to when a person doesn t specify. It is not a foul to...

Pool/Billiards: Frozen Rail Shots, cue ball, forearm
cue ball, forearm, arm length: Sounds like these are two separate questions so I ll try and answer them that way. I ll take your second question first. Of course your head should be pretty much directly above the cue from side to side when you shoot. Whether it is at the joint or a little...

Pool/Billiards: Fury pool cues, lucasi cues, fury pool cues
lucasi cues, fury pool cues, players cues: Dan, sorry but I know very little about Players cues, and for that matter, have much more experience in general with more expensive, non-production cues. I took a look also and I could not find any players cues that did not have the acc-loc joint. I also...

Pool/Billiards: 3 cushion pocket inserts, sorce, ted
Pool/Billiards: 3 cushion pocket inserts, sorce, ted

Pool/Billiards: 8-Ball Strategy, scratches, opponent
Pool/Billiards: 8-Ball Strategy, scratches, opponent, garbage

Pool/Billiards: 8 ball last pockect, opponent, shooter
Pool/Billiards: 8 ball last pockect, opponent, shooter, open pocket

Pool/Billiards: 8 ball last pocket, game, pocket rules
Pool/Billiards: 8 ball last pocket, game, pocket rules, pocket games

Pool/Billiards: 8 ball (UK), fouls, hairs
Pool/Billiards: 8 ball (UK), fouls, hairs, breadth

Pool/Billiards: 9-ball , Ball in hand, cue ball, incoming player
Pool/Billiards: 9-ball , Ball in hand, cue ball, incoming player, texas express

Pool/Billiards: Banks, training wheels, railers
Pool/Billiards: Banks, training wheels, railers, search training

Pool/Billiards: Brunswick Centennial Parts, classic billiards, prt
Pool/Billiards: Brunswick Centennial Parts, classic billiards, prt

Pool/Billiards: billiard felt, magnum pool, phenolic resin
Pool/Billiards: billiard felt, magnum pool, phenolic resin, billiard balls

Pool/Billiards: billiard tournaments brackets, player bracket, player pool
Pool/Billiards: billiard tournaments brackets, player bracket, player pool, byes

Pool/Billiards: bottom english, chalk, cue
Pool/Billiards: bottom english, chalk, cue

Pool/Billiards: break and new cue shaft, practice strokes, ball cue
Pool/Billiards: break and new cue shaft, practice strokes, ball cue, cue ball

Pool/Billiards: buying a pool table, mr billiard, north american distributor
Pool/Billiards: buying a pool table, mr billiard, north american distributor, billiard tables

Pool/Billiards: CHOKING, game
Pool/Billiards: CHOKING, game

Pool/Billiards: Color or cloth on table, billiard table, cue ball
Pool/Billiards: Color or cloth on table, billiard table, cue ball, aiming point

Pool/Billiards: Correct height of pool table
Pool/Billiards: Correct height of pool table

Pool/Billiards: Cue stick tips, ferule, upstate ny
Pool/Billiards: Cue stick tips, ferule, upstate ny, bill scott

Pool/Billiards: Cue tip, mcdermott cues, diamond tip
Pool/Billiards: Cue tip, mcdermott cues, diamond tip, lepro

Pool/Billiards: Cue weight, bridge length, balance point
Pool/Billiards: Cue weight, bridge length, balance point, cues

Pool/Billiards: i always choke under pressure, stress, game
Pool/Billiards: i always choke under pressure, stress, game, corey deuel

Pool/Billiards: cue maintenance, cue, quality shafts
Pool/Billiards: cue maintenance, cue, quality shafts, warp

Pool/Billiards: custom cue, bill stroud, ruidoso nm
Pool/Billiards: custom cue, bill stroud, ruidoso nm, kind consideration

Pool/Billiards: Diamond system on 7 vs 8 vs 9 ft tables, diamond system, relative location
Pool/Billiards: Diamond system on 7 vs 8 vs 9 ft tables, diamond system, relative location, desired effect

Pool/Billiards: Diamond system, donald in mathmagic land, disney
Pool/Billiards: Diamond system, donald in mathmagic land, disney

Pool/Billiards: Different types of cues, brother, game
Pool/Billiards: Different types of cues, brother, game

Pool/Billiards: The Dot's or Diamonds on the rails, pool player, pool table
Pool/Billiards: The Dot's or Diamonds on the rails, pool player, pool table, trial and error

Pool/Billiards: English Pub Pool, american pool, enjoyable game
Pool/Billiards: English Pub Pool, american pool, enjoyable game, snooker

Pool/Billiards: My first cue stick, pool accessories, cuesight
Pool/Billiards: My first cue stick, pool accessories, cuesight, cue

Pool/Billiards: Hubbart Pool Cue, pool cues, pool association
Pool/Billiards: Hubbart Pool Cue, pool cues, pool association, founders

Pool/Billiards: Jackie Gleason pool cue, pool cue makers, cue maker
Pool/Billiards: Jackie Gleason pool cue, pool cue makers, cue maker, herman rambow

Pool/Billiards: jackie gleasons pool table, willies, brunswick
Pool/Billiards: jackie gleasons pool table, willies, brunswick

Pool/Billiards: jump/break cue, jump cues, custom cues
Pool/Billiards: jump/break cue, jump cues, custom cues, jump cue

Pool/Billiards: lessons, jeanette lee, advanced pool
Pool/Billiards: lessons, jeanette lee, advanced pool, cue ball

Pool/Billiards: Mental preparation, opponet, game practice
Pool/Billiards: Mental preparation, opponet, game practice, inexperienced players

Pool/Billiards: How do I mark the D on a recovered table, pool table, table html
Pool/Billiards: How do I mark the D on a recovered table, pool table, table html, blogspot

Pool/Billiards: Old Billiard Table, billiard table, wooden rails
Pool/Billiards: Old Billiard Table, billiard table, wooden rails, pool hall

Pool/Billiards: Old JossWest, cristine, oth
Pool/Billiards: Old JossWest, cristine, oth, 411

Pool/Billiards: An Old Pool Table, pool table, s park
Pool/Billiards: An Old Pool Table, pool table, s park, barber supplies

Pool/Billiards: odds, odds, side pocket
Pool/Billiards: odds, odds, side pocket

Pool/Billiards: Pea(kelly) pool, cue ball, shooter
Pool/Billiards: Pea(kelly) pool, cue ball, shooter

Pool/Billiards: Pool Cues, pool halls, weekend trip
Pool/Billiards: Pool Cues, pool halls, weekend trip, cue

Pool/Billiards: Pool Table Felt Cleaning, washing machine
Pool/Billiards: Pool Table Felt Cleaning, washing machine

Pool/Billiards: Pool Table Leveling, cue ball, fitter
Pool/Billiards: Pool Table Leveling, cue ball, fitter

Pool/Billiards: Pool table on wheels?, mcmaster carr, thumbwheel
Pool/Billiards: Pool table on wheels?, mcmaster carr, thumbwheel, slates

Pool/Billiards: Predator cues, predator 2, cues
Pool/Billiards: Predator cues, predator 2, cues, shaft

Pool/Billiards: Predator vs Tiger X shafts, cue ball, safe bet
Pool/Billiards: Predator vs Tiger X shafts, cue ball, safe bet, gimmick

Pool/Billiards: Producing English, cue ball, secret trick
Pool/Billiards: Producing English, cue ball, secret trick

Pool/Billiards: How To Properly Stroke In Billiards, cue tip
Pool/Billiards: How To Properly Stroke In Billiards, cue tip

Pool/Billiards: "pea pool rules?", pool balls, two peas
Pool/Billiards: "pea pool rules?", pool balls, two peas, loonies

Pool/Billiards: pocket angles, pool hall, best bet
Pool/Billiards: pocket angles, pool hall, best bet, home construction

Pool/Billiards: Rack, foot table
Pool/Billiards: Rack, foot table

Pool/Billiards: Racking of balls, color stripe, solids
Pool/Billiards: Racking of balls, color stripe, solids

Pool/Billiards: Random questions, kids pool, pool tables
Pool/Billiards: Random questions, kids pool, pool tables, pool table

Pool/Billiards: Recovering a old 7' table!!, cloth towels, pool tables
Pool/Billiards: Recovering a old 7' table!!, cloth towels, pool tables, pool table

Pool/Billiards: Right handed/Left eye dominant, shooting glasses, pool table
Pool/Billiards: Right handed/Left eye dominant, shooting glasses, pool table, left eye dominance

Pool/Billiards: Rules, beer frame, liquor license
Pool/Billiards: Rules, beer frame, liquor license, frame games

Pool/Billiards: Running the Table, cue ball, three shots
Pool/Billiards: Running the Table, cue ball, three shots, sake

Pool/Billiards: rail rubber replacement, pool halls, rubber bands
Pool/Billiards: rail rubber replacement, pool halls, rubber bands, construction company

Pool/Billiards: Slate repair or replace., slate
Pool/Billiards: Slate repair or replace., slate

Pool/Billiards: Steering Stroke and Practice Drills, time ie, openess
Pool/Billiards: Steering Stroke and Practice Drills, time ie, openess, straightness

Pool/Billiards: sampaio cue, royal house, blue book
Pool/Billiards: sampaio cue, royal house, blue book, portuguese

Pool/Billiards: sensitive pocket, olhausen, balls
Pool/Billiards: sensitive pocket, olhausen, balls, champion

Pool/Billiards: setting up a pool table
Pool/Billiards: setting up a pool table

Pool/Billiards: slow table speed on a new valley pool table, valley home
Pool/Billiards: slow table speed on a new valley pool table, valley home

Pool/Billiards: tv pro cup cue ball, digital postal scale, cue balls
Pool/Billiards: tv pro cup cue ball, digital postal scale, cue balls, object balls

Pool/Billiards: Viking or Predator butt?, predator shaft, budweiser
Pool/Billiards: Viking or Predator butt?, predator shaft, budweiser, cue

Pool/Billiards: White spots/wear spots from breaking, quality cue, cue ball
Pool/Billiards: White spots/wear spots from breaking, quality cue, cue ball, burn marks

Pool/Billiards: wrap on a cue, stack
Pool/Billiards: wrap on a cue, stack

Pool/Billiards: not fair, cue ball, playing pool
cue ball, playing pool, ball play: Unfair indeed. But that s pool. A shot isn t over until all the balls have stopped rolling. Anytime the cue ball falls it s a foul. A shot (no matter how good it is) doesn t count if it includes a foul. When you scratch on the eight - you lose. Sorry....

Pool/Billiards: felt, scotch gard, delicate piece
scotch gard, delicate piece, pool table: Hello Walt, Tough call. Perhaps it s a good opportunity to teach lessons about responsibility and caring for something valuable. You could ask them to help set rules for how to treat the table and help them think of it as a finely leveled delicate piece...

Pool/Billiards: felt, pool table cloth, woven cloth
pool table cloth, woven cloth, worsted wool: Pool table CLOTH (we never call it felt) is a durable woven cloth made typically from a blend of worsted wool and nylon. By contrast, felt is a very soft, fragile, non-woven cloth that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing fibers. The only similarity...

Pool/Billiards: fifteenball rack, straight pool, foot spot
straight pool, foot spot, coners: Aha! You have to be careful in naming the game. By the way it s 14.1 continuous (not continuous pool). The name derives from the fact that at the end of an intergame rack you break with 14 balls racked together, and 1 ball remaining on the table from the last...

Pool/Billiards: filler for slate, gum turpentine, water putty
gum turpentine, water putty, body putty: Hi Tom, Thanks for the good question. I love those old Brunswicks and wish you well with this project. First, let me say that you should make sure the slates are perfectly level and perfectly even before you use anything to fill between them. Fillers should...

Pool/Billiards: Where to find name plate, cue chalk board, blatt billiards
cue chalk board, blatt billiards, brunswick billiards: Hi Peter, thanks for stopping by. Unfortunately, I do not know of any specific place where you could buy a nameplate, but I have a few ideas. I did a few google searches and found that original Brunswick name plates have been sold on ebay in the past...

Pool/Billiards: My first cue stick, fury cues, couple models
fury cues, couple models, cue stick: Hello. I am familiar with Fury cues and think that it would be a great choice for your first cue! There is probably not too much of a difference between the cues you mentioned, so get the one that appeals most to you. I understand that you do not want to...

Pool/Billiards: focus, winners and losers, negative consequences
winners and losers, negative consequences, van gough: Hi Larry, Yes, playing well and winning are not entirely the same thing. I ve known some good players that could never quite get there. One guy used to say, I hope I break even today, I need the money . He didn t perceive himself as a winning player and...

Pool/Billiards: foot spot, foot spot, s the spot
foot spot, s the spot, half the distance: Hi David. The is easily down with a pencil and a tape measure. The foot spot is marked by finding the spot half the distance between the second diamonds on either side of the table. So line up the edge of your tape measure on the table bed with the center...

Pool/Billiards: foul on 9_ball, cue ball, incoming player
cue ball, incoming player, occurrence: The occurrence of any foul in 9-ball gives the opponent ball in hand anywhere on the table. If the foul involves driving the nine ball off the table or into a pocket illegally, or by making both the nine and the cue ball in the same shot, the nine ball...

Pool/Billiards: Keeping score, cue ball, keeping score
cue ball, keeping score, cueball: Well you can give the placing a point value. Like 1st=100pts,2nd=50pts and 3rd=25pts. Of coarse that doesn t help the guy that isn t there. One way to do it would making a list of averages. 4th thru 8th would be awarded 10pts just for showing up. Each month...

Pool/Billiards: frozen ball, cue ball, cueball
cue ball, cueball, pot: Hi and thanks for your question. In short, regardless where the cueball lies, you still have to hit the cushion and ball at the same time. Playing with side should only be used if it has to be, don t use it if not needed! It makes the pot more difficult....

Pool/Billiards: frozen object ball on rail, frozen balls, cue ball
frozen balls, cue ball, target: Hi Kyle The angle of approach of the white ball to balls frozen to a rail is a factor you need to consider. As the angle of approach becomes sharper (by this I mean you will be cutting the object ball thinly towards the pocket) it becomes harder to accurately...

Pool/Billiards: General questions, pool billiards, mess ups
pool billiards, mess ups, pool town: Hey Bill. #1: You ask whether I like soft or hard tips. I ll split the difference with you: I like them Medium. Right now I m playing with Moori tips (also a laminated tip, but not super-hard), the hit is great, they last much longer than a conventional...

Pool/Billiards: general rule, referee
referee: Hi Gina, The rules are not very clear on this. They do say that it is a foul not to hit the ball on first. However no mention is made of a simultaeneous hit. My view of this is that to call a foul the referee has to be sure that the wrong ball was hit first,...

Pool/Billiards: My girlfriend thinks she knows it all., billiard congress of america, american poolplayers association
billiard congress of america, american poolplayers association, bca pool: Sounds like you re playing 8-ball. I hope you didn t bet more than you can afford to lose because it sounds like you ll have to pay up on this one. A minimum legal shot is one in which you strike one of your own balls first and then ANY ball touches a rail...

Pool/Billiards: Hanging a pool table light, world pool billiard, pool table light
world pool billiard, pool table light, light diffusion: Hi David. I want to first say that, although I will endeavor to answer your question, I have no personal experience with hanging table lights nor have I dealt with this issue before. Ideally you want table lighting to eliminate all shadows on the table,...

Pool/Billiards: HELP, cue ball, opponent
cue ball, opponent, stroke: Yes he s right. Not only that, but assuming you were playing nine ball or eight ball, by failing to have a ball contact a rail after touching the cue ball, you committed a foul, and he gets ball in hand (he may place the cue ball anywhere on the table). ...

Pool/Billiards: Hello,Can you give me your..., air hockey table, pool stick
air hockey table, pool stick, pool table: Hi With a room this size a 7 pool table would be to big, as you need around 5 cue space around each side, making the required dimensions 17 x 14 . Even with a much smaller table its going to be a squeeze. From what I know about air hockey you dont need as...

Pool/Billiards: Hello got a question on a custom stick im getting made, piece cues, cue model
piece cues, cue model, pool cue: Hi Jeff. That sounds very interesting. I have never heard of a see through acrylic pool cue. Unfortunately , this is an impossible question to answer for a number of reasons which I will detail and have a different solution than answering the direct question...

Pool/Billiards: Help Identifying a Game, pocket billiard tables, mike shamos
pocket billiard tables, mike shamos, pool billiard: Hi Ryan. Your acquaintance, or whoever taught him, may have invented the exact ruleset he s using, but there is nothing new about the concept. Reverse 8-ball , as I ve heard it called, is not that uncommon relatively speaking. Basically, the same reversal...

Pool/Billiards: Help please, bca rules, playing pool
bca rules, playing pool, straight 8: Hi Brian. I have good news and bad news. According to BCA rules, you did not lose. You only lose on the eight ball if you pocket it and commit a foul. If it doesn t drop, the scratch is not a loss but a foul penalty (which in eight ball is ball in hand...

Pool/Billiards: Help, irish linen, maple construction
irish linen, maple construction, comparable quality: Fortunately there are many more good books and videos available now than ever before. Perhaps the least expensive comprehensive learning tool I m aware of is available at http://www.easypooltutor.com for a contribution of as little as $4.00 to download a 400...

Pool/Billiards: Hitting the rail, target ball, cue ball
target ball, cue ball, opponent: Hi Blaine, No, that s a legal shot. Anytime you hit one of your balls first and then ANY ball from either group, touches a rail or falls in a pocket, or the cue ball touches a rail, it s a legal shot (good hit). You didn t make a ball so your opponent...

Pool/Billiards: Hubbart Cues, blue book of pool cues, janice foster
blue book of pool cues, janice foster, meucci cues: Hi Janice. I recently received an email from allexperts that your question was pending, and had never been answered. I went to my pending questions screen and your question was not there. After inquiry I was eventually able to access your question but it...

Pool/Billiards: Hubbart Pool Cue, pool cue, pool cues
pool cue, pool cues, poolsticks: Hey,Terri I know a lot about pool and poolsticks because I have been playing for 25yrs.The only real way to determine how old a poolstick is would be to either take it to an actual pool cue dealer.The only thing is they would have to know something...

Pool/Billiards: what happens, cue ball, foot spot
cue ball, foot spot, nine ball: Hi Nathan. The opponent gets ball in hand (may place the cue ball anywhere on the table), which means that if he or she can hold a stick, the other player will lose every time. The result is the same if the nine ball is pocketed on the same stroke as the...

Pool/Billiards: getting head together, precise spot, physical demands
precise spot, physical demands, conscious mind: Hi Mr Inconsistent, The best method I can suggest is to practice until all the physical demands of the game are second nature to you. Practice until you dont have to think of where to put your hands and feet, until you instinctively put your hand down on...

Pool/Billiards: help identifyng a pool cue, meucci cues, pool cue
meucci cues, pool cue, exact model: Sorry, I don t have information for you on this. Have you called Meucci and asked them? I ve called there before and been very pleased with the results. That would be the first thing I would do. Meucci Cues 3709 Hwy 302 Byhalia, MS 38611 Sales - 662-895-3220...

Pool/Billiards: hey, cheers, guarantees
cheers, guarantees, aim: Best way to make an 8-ball break is from a spot just inside the head string and about two inches from the side rail. Aim for the ball behind the head ball with just enough draw to keep from scratching in the corner pocket. Problem with this shot is that...

Pool/Billiards: Identification of cue, billiards cue, mike thorn
billiards cue, mike thorn, billiard supply: I am sorry but only 1 of your pictures came through (the first one of the Butt). Just from that picture I am able to tell pretty much what kind of cue it is. To get a better estimate on value, I would find out the maker and take it in to a billiard supply...

Pool/Billiards: Identifying a cue, cue chalk board, free webhost
cue chalk board, free webhost, pool cue: Hi Jonathan. Your best bet is to first post the pic somewhere online. www.photobucket.com is a good, free webhost if you don t already have a host to upload it to. Then sign up for a free account at the cue chalk board at billiardsdigest.com. Once you have...

Pool/Billiards: Illegal combo shot?, shooter, opponents
shooter, opponents, balls: As I understand this, the shooter hit his ball first and it fell in the designated pocket and one of his opponents balls was incidentally pocketed in the same shot. He continues to shoot at the eight ball. As long as a player contacts his ball first...

Pool/Billiards: Improving my game, google search, bridge hand
google search, bridge hand, hand shoulder: Hello Andre, You re lucky to be a beginner, that means you haven t developed a lot of bad habits. I can tell you the most important thing to learn in one word. Fundamentals. I recommend you get a book for beginners. There are several good ones available....

Pool/Billiards: Improving skills, straight pool, bar environment
straight pool, bar environment, critical shots: Hi Richard If you haven t used any instructional books, I would recommend: Robert Byrne s New Standard Book of Pool and Billiards and his Advanced Technique in Pool and Billiards as well as Ray Martin s The 99 Critical Shots in Pool: Everything You Need...

Pool/Billiards: Inquiry, pocket balls, cue ball
pocket balls, cue ball, incoming player: Hi Earl. A push out works like this. Whoever is at the table after the break (the breaker if a ball or balls were made, or the opponent if none were made) has the option of calling a pushout. When I say calling, I mean they must announce aloud that they...

Pool/Billiards: Inside/Outside, pool table room, glass vases
pool table room, glass vases, noise levels: Hi Joey. There are a bunch of issues here. First you can mute the noise level somewhat (and the likelihood of scratches to the hardwood floor) by putting down a rug. Second, if your garage is unheated and more exposed to the elements, expect the...

Pool/Billiards: Installing new bumpers, cushion rubber, hard as rock
cushion rubber, hard as rock, belt sander: Hello Mark, Your dead bumper could be hardened or it could just be loose. There is a certain amount of clay used as filler in the rubber of a cushion. As cushions age they can get to be almost as hard as rock. If that s the case I suggest you replace all...

Pool/Billiards: Intermediate Drill Shots, pool billiards, pocket billiards
pool billiards, pocket billiards, critical shots: Great! glad to be of help. Now I understand what you were referring to. The evaluation is not an evalution form about pool playing, as I think you understood it. It s a feedback form about my answer. On it you get to rate my my response (was I polite, knowledgeable,...

Pool/Billiards: identity and value of cue, custom cue, old case
custom cue, old case, blue velvet: Hi Krissy, Okay. Well, a picture speaks a thousand words they say. If you send me a couple or three photos of the cue I ll be glad to take a look at it and let you know if I can identify it for you. You can send photos to me at bnewsted@yahoo.com...

Pool/Billiards: illegal shot, ball game, shooters
ball game, shooters, opponent: Only if the table is still open is it permissible to hit a stripe to make a solid or vice versa. However, If the shooter s set has already been established it would be a foul to strike a ball of the other set first. By most rules of play striking an opponent...

Pool/Billiards: improving game, long shots, straight shots
long shots, straight shots, cueball: Paul, Yes they are usually one of the toughest shots on he table....especially if the cueball is on the rail. I have greatly improved my distance shots by doing a couple of things that you also might try. First make sure that your elbow stays tucked...

Pool/Billiards: improving the stroke, allison fisher, pool snooker
allison fisher, pool snooker, billiard games: Hi and thanks for your question. Firstly I can assure you five years playing pool is nothing to develop a good technique! Some people do pick it up quicker than others, but pool,snooker & all billiard games are technically very difficult.Don t be down hearted...

Pool/Billiards: inside english, cue ball, center axis
cue ball, center axis, two balls: Inside english is simply a term used for left or right side spin, applied by striking the cue ball off the center axis. If you are cutting an object ball to the right corner, inside english would be on the right side of the cue ball, and outside to left. Reverse...

Pool/Billiards: intentionally pocketing an opponents ball, cue ball, plese
cue ball, plese, opponent: Hi Robert. No, you have completed a legal shot so no foul has been committed but do not get to continue shooting. Rule 4.11 is a specific requirement that must be met on every shot in order to commit no foul. A legal shot does not mean you get to go again....

Pool/Billiards: Jackie Gleason pool cue, balabushka cues, willie mosconi
balabushka cues, willie mosconi, cue maker: Hi again Otto, A reader submitted feedback to my answer which I should have thought to mention. Here is his comment: ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Les Corrigan writes on 2009-02-26 00:33:15 The pool cue was probably made by Mr. Abe Rich....

Pool/Billiards: Jump/Break Cue, predator bk, break cue
predator bk, break cue, break cues: Well I haven t tried any of those cues, mine is a J&J jump/break with a phenolic tip that I paid about $70. I like it but it does have a slight bend already, so you get what you pay for. I would suggest you consider your budget and space you have in your case....

Pool/Billiards: Jump/Break tip extension, jump cues, steve davies
jump cues, steve davies, gimmick: Hi Colin, Cant say I have ever heard of this but it sounds like a gimmick to me. Jump cues also need to be a little shorter than regular cues and stiffer too. Might be ok for breaking. You wouldn t have any use for it at snooker, dont know any rules which...

Pool/Billiards: Jump-shot technique, break cue, cue ball
break cue, cue ball, cuestick: Hiya Tomek. I should say to start that I m an old time player--meaning I learned to play before the jump shot was in vogue, Although I have learned to jump fairly effectively, it is not one of my specialties, as it were. I will use it when I think appropriate...

Pool/Billiards: Jump shot, cue ball, cue stick
cue ball, cue stick, professional competitions: Your son is right on this one. The only legal way to jump a ball is to strike down on it with an elevated cue as if trying to force the ball into the slate which, of course, causes it to rebound upward. Here s why. It is illegal to strike the cue ball with...

Pool/Billiards: jackie gleasons pool table, blatt billiards, willie mosconi
blatt billiards, willie mosconi, jackie gleason: Hello Margie, I REALLY would like to help you with this one. I always loved Gleason. He was a great pool player (Hollywood s finest) who started hustling in the Bronx when he was a teenager - years before his acting career. Gleason did live in Miami...

Pool/Billiards: joint and chalk marks, jump cue, break cue
jump cue, break cue, cue tip: At this point, I recommend a regular joint for all cues. When the uni loc and other quick release joints came out a ways back I thought it was a great innovation, though I never purchased one. Now I think it s a real problem. So many players tell me (these...

Pool/Billiards: josswest web site, custom cue, bill stroud
custom cue, bill stroud, new computer: Hi Ken, I talked to Bill Stroud a couple of months ago. He said he sold his old domain because he has plenty of other things to do. His current (new) site is: http://www.josswest.net The new site, Josswest.net, works best using Internet Explore...

Pool/Billiards: jumo cues, robin dodson, jump cues
robin dodson, jump cues, break cue: No, I still have the original phenolic tip that came on it. I have had this cue for probably five years. The only problem as I said is that it doesn t hold chalk very well and has a tendency to miscue. I do like the white diamond tips for jumping and breaking,...

Pool/Billiards: jump/break cue, jump cues, jump cue
jump cues, jump cue, break cue: jump cues jump cue weight should be somewhere between 7 and 9 ounces and have a good phenolic or similar tip unlike the leather tips they dont compress and give a solid hit. the joint should be a good joint weither it is stainless or wood they will...

Pool/Billiards: jump cues, predator 314 shaft, predator bk
predator 314 shaft, predator bk, jump cue: Sorry, perhaps I was unclear. I meant to recommend a jump/break cue with a phenolic composite tip. It s the PHENOLIC COMPOSITE TIP that I m fond of. The Bungee Jumper uses a phenolic composite tip which makes it a good choice for a 40.5 inch jump cue....

Pool/Billiards: jump shot, cue ball, jump shot
cue ball, jump shot, cueball: Well you need to strike down at the ball from above. you need a very light sturdy stick with a very hard tip so you drive it into the table. Slightly above 3/4 of the cue ball is a good starting point. When you strike use your wrist not your arm, like throwing...

Pool/Billiards: jump shot, cue stick, thin pieces
cue stick, thin pieces, metamorphic rock: I can t imagine the slate could be damaged and I ve never heard of it happening. The cue stick and ball are both softer than the slate. Also, slate is not glass-like, it is metamorphic rock that has a layered quality almost like plywood. That s why it s ideal...

Pool/Billiards: jump shots in 8-ball, cue ball, colostate edu
cue ball, colostate edu, cue stick: Hi Tasha. What is illegal is scooping under the cueball to perform the jump. This actually results in two classic fouls. First, it is illegal for the cue stick s ferrule (the white part below the tip) to touch the cue ball. Second, it is illegal to double...

Pool/Billiards: jumping, jump cue, break cue
jump cue, break cue, cue tip: Hello. If you have the proper technique you can jump with any cue. I own a jump cue, but often jump with my full regular cue. It depends on the paticular shot. If I am only jumping over the edge of a ball ( like a quarter of its diameter) and I am not right...

Pool/Billiards: jumping, break cue, break cues
break cue, break cues, jump cue: Hi Kays, Jump cues ae shorter than normal cues to give a shorter cue stroke without any weight behind the back hand. Jump/break cues have a removable butt so that you can achieve the same stroke. Any cue be used for a jump shot but its far easier with a short,...

Pool/Billiards: jumping, pocket billiards, bca pool
pocket billiards, bca pool, bridge hand: Hi Kays. I am answering From the perspective of the World Standardized Rules, which include the General Rules of Pocket Billiards and specific rules for 8-ball, 9-ball, straight pool (14.1 continuous) and one pocket. They can be read here: http://www.bca-pool.com/play/tournaments/rules/rls_gen.shtml...

Pool/Billiards: jumping balls, pool billiards, cue ball
pool billiards, cue ball, colostate edu: Yes it is deemed illegal in all authoritative rule sources to jump a ball by scooping underneath the cue ball. This is because it is foul to intentionally have the ferrule of the cue (the white part below the tip) come into contact with the ball, and it is...

Pool/Billiards: jumping, jump cue, jump shot
jump cue, jump shot, time player: Hi Erik. I am a bit of an old time player--meaning I developed my game before the jump shot was really in vogue. Although I have learned to jump, It is not one of my specialties, as it were. I will use it when I think appropriate but I much prefer to look...

Pool/Billiards: Kiss rules, cue ball, straight pool
cue ball, straight pool, fluke: Hi Bob. Nope there is no limit. This is the rule in both eight-ball and straight pool. Just to illustrate: in either game, if a player is shooting at the three ball and misses the shot by a diamond but it bounces off a rail, kisses off an object ball, banks...

Pool/Billiards: Large vs small play, pocket balls, novice players
pocket balls, novice players, small tables: Interesting question. I guess you d have to operationally define easier . Certainly the average shot is shorter on small tables and the pockets are the same size. So it s true that there is more pocket area compared to rail area on a small table. And...

Pool/Billiards: Legal Shot Attempt, cue ball, shot attempt
cue ball, shot attempt, opponents: Hello Mark. No, it is not legal to play any shot that you contact one of your opponents balls first. The only exception is when the table is open. As no group is designated to either player you could play a stripe/solid combo or vice versa. Once you have...

Pool/Billiards: Legal Shots, cue ball, world standardized rules
cue ball, world standardized rules, disagreements: Hello and thanks for your question. You need only to designate ball and pocket. Six in the corner is all the information you must provide. The six could hit every ball and rail on the table as long as it falls it the correct pocket ( assuming that no...

Pool/Billiards: Legal or Not?, cue ball, little chance
cue ball, little chance, clusters: Yes, as long as your ball is contacted first. In fact you can use that situation to your advantage. Maybe one of there balls is laying in a pockect blocking one or more of yours, by sinking their ball for them you can open the pocket for your run out. If that...

Pool/Billiards: Legality of kissing your ball off another, stroke of luck, two balls
stroke of luck, two balls, kisses: Hi Donnie. Yes it is legal. The rule played in most official rule sets is called ball and pocket, and it means that only the ball you intend to make and the intended pocket must be called. One need not call kisses, combinations, banks, etc. So long as...

Pool/Billiards: Leveling Pool Table, billiard table, two balls
billiard table, two balls, pool table: Hello, and thanks for your question. If this is a cheaper table and has a plywood playing surface or something else besides slate, it is very possible that the surface has warped or buckled. No matter what you do you will not be able to level it. You could...

Pool/Billiards: Leveling my Table, plastic playing cards, mechanical adjustments
plastic playing cards, mechanical adjustments, shims: I prefer not to use any wooden shims. I meant to say that you should find the highest point of the table and level that slate first and get it screwed/bolted firmly into position so it won t move when you place the second slate. Of course there s not a lot...

Pool/Billiards: Limb Saver, limb saver, widget
limb saver, widget, stiffness: Hi Chad, Sorry to say that I have not tried this product. I m always skeptical of gadgets that say they ll solve problems for me. History has taught me that the real secret to success in pool is to enjoy hitting balls, and hitting a lot of them. In...

Pool/Billiards: Lots of green, shoulder blade, ft table
shoulder blade, ft table, first tip: Hey Robert, You miss-cue because you re aiming too low. You will be surprised that the big draw shot can be achieved without aiming really low. You miss the pocket because as you put more power into the shot this magnifies any movements you make on the shot,...

Pool/Billiards: legal kiss shot; lost of turn?, professional rules, deng
professional rules, deng, kisses: Hi Deng. Your friend is wrong under the all official rule sets (as are you; though you win in the dispute). Almost all professional rules only require ball and pocket to be called; that is, you call the ball and the intended pocket and if you pocket the...

Pool/Billiards: legal kiss shot, caroms, billiards
caroms, billiards, kisses: Sure. In 8-ball, all that is ever necessary when calling a ball is that you get a good hit on one of your balls, that it falls where you call it, and that you don t scratch. It is never necessary to call kisses, banks, combinations, caroms or any thing...

Pool/Billiards: Is this a legal shoot, kisses and caroms, professional venues
kisses and caroms, professional venues, straight pool: Generally, yes. APA, BCA, PBA, and WPBA rules all allow the shot. Actually, in most league and professional venues shots are not called in the first place. It s only necessary to get a legal hit and, after that, whatever goes is good. Back in the day of...

Pool/Billiards: legal shot, legal combination, combination shot
legal combination, combination shot, shot game: Hi Hans, Glad to hear you re playing regularly - it s a great game. Of course local rules often exist and it s usually easier to play by whatever the local players do than it is to convince them to change to the official rules. That said, officially,...

Pool/Billiards: lessons, frank pool, playing pool
frank pool, playing pool, single shot: Frank, Pool is just knocking a few balls down some holes and you can beat anyone. Stop practicing, start learning. Take lessons off the best in town, never play socially with people you can beat and give every single shot 100%, like your life depends on it....

Pool/Billiards: level table, wood shims, minute job
wood shims, minute job, table tests: Leveling a table is dependent on the type of table. For instance, on some tables the bottom plate that meets the floor turns and screws in and out, allowing you to change the table level with a twist of that plate. On other tables the legs are easily shimmed...

Pool/Billiards: leveling pool table, wood veneer, side pockets
wood veneer, side pockets, table tests: Leveling a table is dependent on the type of table. For instance, on some tables the bottom plate that meets the floor turns and screws in and out, allowing you to change the table level with a twist of that plate. Other tables have different adjustment mechanisms...

Pool/Billiards: leveling a pool table, leveling a pool table, leg levelers
leveling a pool table, leg levelers, van wyck: I am not familiar with a Van Wykck,but is it possible to buy the after market leg levelers from a place like Muelers. As far as the shims go I put them between the table and the legs. When I tried them on the floor the table would slide off the shims when...

Pool/Billiards: leveling the pool table, free pool table, plastic washers
free pool table, plastic washers, adjustable legs: I am not familliar with that style of devices or how to adjust them. Being that you have a wood playing surface, instead of slate, you will probably not be able keep it rolling entirely level for too long. Wood will be a lot more likely to shift due to temperature...

Pool/Billiards: line marking for 8 by 4 pool table including the radius of the semi circle, baulk line, foot table
baulk line, foot table, semi circle: Hi Louie, This question seems to come up more than I would have thought. Seems like there should be a definitive source for answering this question but there is none that I know of. I mean, really, this must come up all the time. I have to start with...

Pool/Billiards: line markings, foot spot, exact place
foot spot, exact place, table image: Hi Dale. Go to this website first so you can better see what I mean: http://endeavor.med.nyu.edu/~wei/pool/pooltable2.html You see the line drawn on the displayed table? That s the head string, drawn from the second diamond on each side up from the closest...

Pool/Billiards: line markings, foot pool table, meuller sporting goods
foot pool table, meuller sporting goods, x4: Hello Ian, thanks for your question. I do not know a great deal about snooker, but I have played it years ago. I will refer you to a site called snookergames.com . Check a privious post titled How do I mark the D on a recovered table? dated on 8/23/2006....

Pool/Billiards: loose rack, cue ball, smooth stroke
cue ball, smooth stroke, ball rack: It is true, that if the rack is not tight, the balls have a greater chance of staying tied up after the break. Really the most important balls that need to be touching are the first 3. If they are all 3 touching one another, the break will be a good one. You...

Pool/Billiards: Making sure a new table is level, machinists levels, mechanical adjustments
machinists levels, mechanical adjustments, olhausen: Well, machinists levels come in different sizes and prices. Perhaps the least expensive one that would be worth owning is about $75. You can use a good quality carpenters level too. Lots of table mechanics say a six foot level is great. That s okay when...

Pool/Billiards: Making The Table Faster, worsted fabrics, bridge hand
worsted fabrics, bridge hand, simplest thing: Hello Lain, Not sure ironing would have any effect unless you have unbacked wool and intend to shrink it with steam or something. I ve never done that (or seen it done). Also, I don t know what kind of cloth(s) Riley offers on their tables but some...

Pool/Billiards: Marking Lines, lines and dots, half the distance
lines and dots, half the distance, visual representation: The lines are drawn from the diamonds. The headstring dot is found by measuring half the distance from the second diamond on one side of the table to the other. The rack is then traced around a triangle rack (without an outside lip), placed so that the apex...

Pool/Billiards: Markings, snooker table, foot string
snooker table, foot string, foot spot: Hi Phil. I am posting a link to an online table you can view which has some table markings on it in correct places and which I can use to describe other markings: http://endeavor.med.nyu.edu/~wei/pool/pooltable2.html The line drawn across the table...

Pool/Billiards: Mental Approach and Pool Physics, pool team, cue ball
pool team, cue ball, adrenalin rush: Hi Chris, Its always a pleasure to help someone as enthusiastic and dedicated as yourself. 1. Pressure is all in the mind. You are its master if you wish to be. Getting control of it is essential, and this is what sorts out the ordinary players from...

Pool/Billiards: Mental approach to the game, mental exercises, player experiences
mental exercises, player experiences, killer game: Hi Renee From what you say I believe that you are just a few steps from your objective. The biggest problem most people face is that they are unhappy with their basic game. There is little wrong with yours if you have enough confidence to call it a killer...

Pool/Billiards: Mental Edge?, mental game, mental edge
mental game, mental edge, best game: Hi Jason I believe practice should be specific. What I mean by this is that if you are having trouble with for example draw shots then play only draw shots for 15 minutes. Dont go for much longer than this as its quality that counts not quantity. Every...

Pool/Billiards: Mental preparation, patience and perseverance, piece cues
patience and perseverance, piece cues, two different things: I ll answer you second question first because it s so much easier. A good cue is usually perfectly straight when rolled on the surface of the table. In two-piece cues it s possible to have a joint that isn t quite straight so rolling the whole cue on the table...

Pool/Billiards: It's About The Mental Side Of The Game, sleep etc, shooting pool
sleep etc, shooting pool, basic human needs: Hi Jason, This problem affects most players to some extent and from time to time. If you have off days then you must also be having on days , right? I would say that as long as you are doing the same things on both good and bad days then the difference...

Pool/Billiards: Meucci cues, meucci cues, quality control problems
meucci cues, quality control problems, cue ball: Hi Michael: If you like Meucci cues, don t let me keep you from getting one or loving the one you have. What I say in this little advice column is, of course, just my opinion-- although based on years of experience. That experience has given me many reasons...

Pool/Billiards: what about Mizerack Tables, billiard supply, slatron
billiard supply, slatron, hardwood table: I do not like anything that does not have a slate bed. Slatron is no exception. I wonder what they will do if your table does warp in a year. Will they give you a new table, or just a new playing bed? How much will they charge you to install this new bed?...

Pool/Billiards: MOVING A TABLE, flight of stairs, hello bill
flight of stairs, hello bill, strong guys: Hello Bill, Thanks for the question. But please don t try to move that table in one piece It is almost certain that the slate on that table is actually three separate pieces that are seamed together under the cloth. Some, but not all, smaller tables...

Pool/Billiards: Moori Tips, new shaft, moori tips
new shaft, moori tips, speed accuracy: Hi Tammy, My experience of Moori laminated tips is quite limited. I played with one once and found it exceptionally hard. I was told that many of the leading pros were using it but it was not for me. I do tend to play with a lot of English and favour a softer...

Pool/Billiards: Moving a Gold Crown, pool tables, gold crown
pool tables, gold crown, taking a chance: Hello and thanks for your question. Very nice table, one of my favorite choices. The short answer is yes, but I won t recommend it. You are wise to leave the set up to a pro. Even though pool tables are large, cumbersome and heavy, they are still fairly...

Pool/Billiards: Moving an old pool table, old brunswick, collander
old brunswick, collander, pool table: Sorry, I may have missed you. My Internet connection has been down. Yes, if you are somewhat handy, you can disassemble the table yourself. I almost always recommend using the pros to do this if the table is worthwhile, but if you take care you can do it....

Pool/Billiards: Moving a Pool Table, screw holes, pool table
screw holes, pool table, foot table: Moving a pool table after it has been set up can be sometimes a risky deal. heres why... When a three piece slate pool table is set up the slates are screwed directly to the table frame and become part of the tables integrity. To move this in one piece puts...

Pool/Billiards: maintainance, costly table, seams
costly table, seams, slate: Hello, and thanks for your question. You can move any table without damaging it assuming it is done correctly. I don t know if you mean move it around the room, or moving it to another location altogether. Obviously, having the professionals disassemble...

Pool/Billiards: What makes a quality pool table, billiard table, particle board
billiard table, particle board, quality pool: Hi Jack. Instead of reinventing the wheel, I am going to post the same text I used for a similar question asked of me in the past. ---------- Key things to look for in a pool table: The slate making up the bed of the table should be 1 inch or more thick....

Pool/Billiards: making called shot plus one more, sorry steve, slop
sorry steve, slop, opponent: Sorry, Steve, but all balls that fall during an otherwise legal shot are also legally pocketed and the player continues his turn at the table (unless of course he pockets the eight). So if a player makes his ball and in the same shot makes two more of his...

Pool/Billiards: How do I mark the D on a recovered table, baulk line, snooker tables
baulk line, snooker tables, snooker table: Hello Trevor, and thanks for your question. You didn t tell me what size table you have, but I will make a few assumptions and try to help the best I can. I am going to guess that you are in the UK or somewhere where snooker is more prominant than where...

Pool/Billiards: marking pool table for first time, foot pool table, snooker table
foot pool table, snooker table, dot markings: Hi Diane, Thanks for your question. I should say your question is right at the edge of my knowledge of the topic. I offer the following as guide lines for your thinking and consideration rather than a precise answer to your question. In the past...

Pool/Billiards: markings, snooker table, three dots
snooker table, three dots, foot spot: Hi Holly. Not a problem. The small semicircle you speak of should not be drawn at all. Known as the D , it is a marking not used for pool, but only for the English game of snooker, played on a much larger and different type of table, which has specific...

Pool/Billiards: what does it mean, typical scenario, brushes
typical scenario, brushes, stripes: Kiss means nothing more than contact between balls, but is usually used in the context of describing an object ball contacting another object ball not very full and its angle changing because of that contact. A typical scenario where the word might be...

Pool/Billiards: measurements, foot spot, foot table
foot spot, foot table, right question: I m not sure I understand this question but it sounds like you re asking where to place the head spot and foot spot on a standard pool table, so I ll define that. Both the head and foot spots are centered on a line that defines the middle of the table from...

Pool/Billiards: National Billiard Table Brass Nameplate, latonia ky, antique pool table
latonia ky, antique pool table, brass nameplate: Hi Andy. I was asked not long ago about this company and believe I tracked down their current information: National Billiard Mfg Company 3315 Eugenia Ave Latonia, KY 41015 (859) 431-4129 Try giving them a call. I can t guarantee they re still...

Pool/Billiards: The National Billiards Company, national billiards, latonia ky
national billiards, latonia ky, foot table: Hi Larry. I have no familiarity whatsoever with the company but my research indicate that National Billiards is a company that started in the 1880s in Ohio and later moved to Covington, Kentucky. I believe I have found their current contact information...

Pool/Billiards: National billards table, latonia ky, national billiards
latonia ky, national billiards, billiards table: Well, National Billiards is still in business. I have never had occasion to contact them so I don t know how receptive they are to queries about tables the company made a hundred years ago. But if you ask nicely they ll probably tell you what they can. ...

Pool/Billiards: New pool table rails, world pool billiard, pool cushions
world pool billiard, pool cushions, real pool: Hello Andre´, I am not familiar with the portuguese pool tables you describe. I suggest you review the standard specifications used by the World Pool-Billiard Association. They are on line at: http://www.wpa-pool.com/index.asp?content=rules_spec...

Pool/Billiards: New Table Installation Problem, gameroom store, concrete floor
gameroom store, concrete floor, lifetime guarantee: A properly installed Brunswick usually doesn t go out of level, but it does happen. And it sounds like you ve made more than adequate preparation for a successful installation. It s interesting that you notice the roll more on the right side of the table then...

Pool/Billiards: Nine Ball - Legal Shot to win, cue tip, cue ball
cue tip, cue ball, slop: Hi Allison. It counts as a win. In nine ball, under official rules, the nine ball can be made by pure luck and no pockets ever need to be called. What is meant by legal is that no foul has been committed. So, to illustrate, if you shoot at the lowest...

Pool/Billiards: Nine Ball Question, cue ball, foot spot
cue ball, foot spot, game answer: Nine ball is not like eight ball, where you lose if you scratch on the eight ball. If you scratch while shooting for the nine ball, and don t sink the nine ball, you don t lose. Your opponent takes his turn with ball in hand. If you scratch while shooting...

Pool/Billiards: Nine Ball Rules, cue ball, warp speed
cue ball, warp speed, nine ball rules: Hi Matthew. Yes it is a win, and no it doesn t matter if the object ball goes in. In nine ball you do not need to call any ball in any pocket. As long as you hit an object ball first (always the lowest numerical ball on the table), commit no foul (such...

Pool/Billiards: Nominating in 8 ball, cue ball, pool game
cue ball, pool game, future games: Laurence, You are right. Your opponent committed a foul. In 8-ball you must hit one of your own balls first and if you don t hit it in, the cue ball or any numbered ball has to make contact with a rail. This rule is to prevent a player from making...

Pool/Billiards: i need help, bca pool, playing pool
bca pool, playing pool, world standardized rules: Hi Heather. The name of the game is 8-ball. The result of the scenario you detailed is a loss of game. Pocketing the eight ball when it is not your last ball (except on the break) is a loss of game. Since you weren t allowed yet to go for the eight ball...

Pool/Billiards: i need help, eight ball rules, world standardized rules
eight ball rules, world standardized rules, cue ball: Hi Ace. Sure I can help. I m on a bar league and last week my opponent called this shot: 8 ball to kiss off my ball in the corner pocket to win the game... The answer, unfortunately, is not perfectly straightforward because it depends on the rules...

Pool/Billiards: new cushions, old brunswick, k55
old brunswick, k55, k66: Hi Randy, The K55 is slightly larger than the K66. (More rubber = more bounce) It s easy to see the difference if you have both in your hands. Both cushion s profiles are basically a triangle with a rounded hollow groove on the back where the cushion...

Pool/Billiards: putting new rubber/rails, contact cement, belt sander
contact cement, belt sander, glue: Hello Earl, Thanks for your question. Barge contact cement is a favorite of some table mechanics but I have not used it myself so I can t talk about how best to apply it. I try to avoid rail repair work but my sources have advised me to use white glue...

Pool/Billiards: new table, random balls, kelly pool
random balls, kelly pool, playing pool: Hi Di. That s a pill bottle and pills (or peas, tally balls or shake balls) used in various game to assign random player order, or to assign random balls to players, and in some cases, the bottle itself is used as part of game play. Some of the games they...

Pool/Billiards: nine ball, ball answer, cue ball
ball answer, cue ball, opponent: Hi Troy, Its the same answer. However, when there s just the nine and the white left on the table its a gimme. With ball in hand you cant miss (or its time to find a new hobby) so you would expect the rack to be conceded. This may look like the game ended...

Pool/Billiards: nine ball, sardo rack, cue ball
sardo rack, cue ball, ball position: Hi Jordan. There is no way to guarantee making the nine ball. I read years ago that a good breaker makes the nine ball an average of once out of every thirty-five racks (the use of the Sardo rack may have changed this as it increases reproducibility, but...

Pool/Billiards: nine ball combination shot, combination shot, bca rules
combination shot, bca rules, world standardized rules: Hello, and thanks for your question. Yes your friend is the winner. There is no such thing as a bad call, because calling the shot is not required. As long as the lowest ball on the table is contacted first, and no fouls occur, any ball pocketed counts for...

Pool/Billiards: nine ball combination, combination shot, cue ball
combination shot, cue ball, shot games: Hi Glenn, That simplifies things! I dont play any call shot games so my original answer was based on the principle that your friend seemed to be claiming to have made a shot as he had intended when infact he probably got a bit lucky. Thanks for the follow...

Pool/Billiards: nine ball luck, tournament pool, horseshoe
tournament pool, horseshoe, fluke: Hi Glenn, They dont call any shots at nine ball. I really dont get why you need to call any shots in any game, but many people like this rule. I know some guys carry that horseshoe, but luck evens out. If someone makes a fluke against me, good luck to them,...

Pool/Billiards: nine-ball rules, cue ball, nine ball rules
cue ball, nine ball rules, world standardized rules: Hi Maxx. In nine-ball (World Standardized Rules) you must contact the lowest numerical ball first on every shot or it is a foul resulting in ball in hand for the opponent (he may pick up and place the cue ball anywhere on the table). The 9 ball can be made...

Pool/Billiards: nine ball - vegas rules, bca rules, cue ball
bca rules, cue ball, incoming player: Hi Colin. I m sorry but I have no idea what Vegas Rules are. I tried looking them up and found no mention in billiards resources at all. I can tell you that the rules that are played in thousands of venues generally are near identical to the various...

Pool/Billiards: nine ball, cue ball, incoming player
cue ball, incoming player, rank beginner: Hi Troy. The answer is no. However, if the shot on the nine ball was at the end of the game (not an attempted combination or some other shot but taken when the nine ball is the only ball left on the table), unless the opposing player is a rank beginner,...

Pool/Billiards: ninety degree shots, cue ball, degree shots
cue ball, degree shots, speed center: There s not really a answer to this , except the 90 degree shot should be used when you feel its the right shot at the right time! Simple as that. I would suggest to practise this exercise if you are new to the game, and this will help you in all aspects...

Pool/Billiards: nominating in eight ball, eight ball rules, world standardized rules
eight ball rules, world standardized rules, ball pool: Hi Jesse. I am going to assume you are speaking of eight-ball rules since that is the game most players mean when they don t specify the game. The answer is clear at least under the World Standardized Rules, the official ruleset used in the United States...

Pool/Billiards: I noticed that when I stroke..., cue ball, self diagnosis
cue ball, self diagnosis, correct stance: Hi Kays. I noticed that when I stroke the cue I hit the right side of my chest with my right hand (the hand I hold the cue with). Although there is no one correct stance --numerous players play effectively with varying stances--all effective stances...

Pool/Billiards: Odds of becoming a pro?, willie mosconi, adult pool
willie mosconi, adult pool, pool title: Hello Kevin. You have raised a lot of questions, I will do my best to respond to them all. Having never met you or seen you play, obviously I am not the best judge of your potential. However I can give you my general thoughts on the topics raised. I have...

Pool/Billiards: Old Billiard Table, billiard table, company emblem
billiard table, company emblem, approximate price: Hi John, I m pretty familiar with table manufacturers but Frank Billiards is unknown to me. It could be a small manufacturer of yesteryear but more likely it was a pool table dealer and service provider. It was commonplace back then for companies that...

Pool/Billiards: Old JossWest, bill stroud, josswest
bill stroud, josswest, pool cue: Hi Christine. Some of Bill Stroud s (JossWest) earliest cues are less valuable than later ones so it s really hard to say given an eight year spread. Also, you don t say what condition the cue is in or anything about it s design other than the cork wrap...

Pool/Billiards: An Old Pool Table, billiard encyclopedia, info jason
billiard encyclopedia, info jason, pool hall: Hey Jeff, I am sorry I am not familiar with this brand of table. I looked online for any info and found the same page you already mentioned. I also checked my Billiard Encyclopedia, which is a great source of info like this, still no luck. Wish I could...

Pool/Billiards: Other Pool Games, carom billiards, cushion billiards
carom billiards, cushion billiards, billiards games: Hi James. The most common games other than 8-ball and 9-ball, at least in the United States, are probably straight pool, one-pocket and banks but these are just the tip of the iceberg. Also relatively common are, rotation, chicago, golf, ten ball, seven...

Pool/Billiards: Other Recommended Books, billiard atlas, david mccumber
billiard atlas, david mccumber, trick shots in pool: Hiya Chris, welcome back. What other pool books do you recommend? Just about everything by Robert Byrne: Byrne s Treasury of Trick Shots in Pool and Billiards; Byrne s Complete Book of Pool Shots: 350 Moves Every Player Should Know; Byrne s Advanced...

Pool/Billiards: Oversized problem, object balls, cue ball
object balls, cue ball, control strip: Hey Joe, Thanks for your question(s). One of the purposes of control strip on the top of a cushion is to help make the rebound more consistent regardless of a ball s impact speed. The cushions that I have played on without control strips do seem to...

Pool/Billiards: odds, pool halls, mike smith
pool halls, mike smith, odds: there is no way to calculate the odds of sinking the 8 ball twice in a row off the break. The only thing I can say is that it is not very likely. I have seen someone do it before, but only once and I have logged many hours in pool halls. Mike Smit...

Pool/Billiards: official rules for 8 ball, billiard congress of america, american poolplayers association
billiard congress of america, american poolplayers association, defensive tactic: Hi Kevin, The Billiard Congress of America s World Standardized Rules for is the standard set of rules used in most all professional and tournament play as well as many league organizations (Valley, TAP, etc.). A printable copy of these standard rules...

Pool/Billiards: organizing a pool tournament, pool tournament, tournament charts
pool tournament, tournament charts, eight tables: Hi Roger. With only one table your options are limited unless you want to stretch out the tournment for many, many hours. Ideally you want at least one table for every two players. This means that, for example, a single elimination sixteen player tournament,...

Pool/Billiards: organizing a pool tournament, player bracket, poker chips
player bracket, poker chips, pool tournament: Hello Ben, Thanks for your question. You ll want to have a numbered marker of some kind for each line of the bracket sheet. For a sixteen player bracket a bottle of peas numbered 1 through 16 is often used. If you have a larger bracket (32, 64, 128)...

Pool/Billiards: origin of words, cue ball, origin of words
cue ball, origin of words, authoritative sources: Hi Jerry. According to the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Billiards (one of the top authoritative sources in the industry), the origin of the the term english to refer to sidespin is unknown. Apparently the most common theory is that during the 1800s Englishmen...

Pool/Billiards: other players ball, cue ball, best of luck
cue ball, best of luck, opponent: Hi Paul. Since you haven t specified what game you were playing I am going to assume it was 8-ball. You did not lose. You did, however, commit a foul by failing to contact one of your balls first, and the penalty was ball in hand for your opponent (he can...

Pool/Billiards: Palmer Pool cue, palmer cue, pool cues
palmer cue, pool cues, pool cue: Palmer pool cues are very collectable! Ivory tends to get small cracks or veins in it over time. If your ferrell has these, it is ivory. However, if ivory is taken very good care of, it can retain it s plastic like look. I would have it appraised by an...

Pool/Billiards: Pea (Kelly) Pool, billiard congress of america, kelly pool
billiard congress of america, kelly pool, pea pool: Hi Tony. The only official rules I know of for Pea Pool are those promulgated by the Billiard Congress of America. There are also numerous variations played but if you re looking for the most authoritative set of rules, I think those are where you should...

Pool/Billiards: Pea(kelly) pool, kelly pool, cue ball
kelly pool, cue ball, incoming player: This is not a scratch or foul normally. House rules could make it so. This is how ball-in-hand in 9-ball developed. As the rules are written, the player loses his/her turn and the incoming player shoots from where the cue ball lies. Given a choice,...

Pool/Billiards: Penalties for scratching, billiards games, cue ball
billiards games, cue ball, pocket billiards: Well Thelma, it depends on the game, and it depends what you mean by scratch and it depends on the context of the scratch--all of which you have not specified, so I m going to make some assumptions and hope they re right. There are about ten common pocket...

Pool/Billiards: Penalty shot question, cue ball, fouls
cue ball, fouls, opponent: Hello and thanks for your question. No, it is NOT a foul to pocket your ball in a pocket other than the one you called. It is a loss of turn and your opponents shot from where the cue ball lies. Yor turn continues as long as you make a legal shot without...

Pool/Billiards: Pivot Point, pool world, pivot point
pool world, pivot point, technical matters: Hi Chad. The pivot point and issues of its benefits is a complex topic. I d like to point you to an excellent article treating the topic in far more depth than I could go into here, and by a gentleman who is considered the preeminent writer on such technical...

Pool/Billiards: Playing with side, best exercise, cueball
best exercise, cueball, tip width: hi and thanks for your question. Playing with side does make any pot difficult, only play when absoloutely needed! Main things to remember is this : 1) When applying left hand spin to the cueball, that will push the object ball slightly to the right (and...

Pool/Billiards: POOL SHOT, cue ball, world standardized rules
cue ball, world standardized rules, game rules: There is no specific rule that I know of which covers the situation where there is no official referee present. However, there is a rule for when there is a referee and it should be adapted to govern. The rule from the World Standardized Rules states: 3.33...

Pool/Billiards: POOL TABLE, outdoor pool tables, partical board
outdoor pool tables, partical board, longivity: Steve, yes I would say get especially the legs in wood because the moisture will directly affect the longivity of any partical board table.. yes we manufacturer outdoor pool tables and do sell locally indoor pool tables but dont ship outside our area florida.You...

Pool/Billiards: POOL TOURNAMENT, billiard tournaments, pool tournament
billiard tournaments, pool tournament, perfect number: Hello and thanks for your question. 8 players is a perfect number to do a tournament with as it fills a single bracket completely with no byes. I have answered this question in detail in a previous post. Please refer to the post titled billiard tournaments...

Pool/Billiards: POOL TRICK, cue ball, back spin
cue ball, back spin, chalk: Hello Emmanouil The shot you have seen is called a masse shot. It is something which really takes lots and lots of practice. Usually the cue angle is 90 degrees (vertical) and you aim just off middle on the white. It needs lots of chalk on the tip and to...

Pool/Billiards: Pocket Billiards, billiard congress of america, billiards rules
billiard congress of america, billiards rules, pocket billiards: Hi Joseph. The rules for straight pool are available on the Billiard Congress of America s website, here: http://www.bca-pool.com/play/tournaments/rules/rls_141.shtml (Please don t be confused by the name. Straight pool and 14.1 continuous are the...