Quality Billiard Equipment affects the level of play
few games in the world really depends very much on the quality of
the equipments. Not just of the skills and experience of the billiard
player but a slight flaw of the billiard cue stick may decide the
fate of the billiards game. A billiards table that is not level in any billiard parlor, which
has rail that are too soft or too hard. Poorly balanced balls and crooked
billiard cues stick will always affect the billiard game. Even if all
the billiard equipments are proper, as a billiard player it is still
important to have the knowledge of the equipments.
The billiards table is made up of a frame, the tabletop and rails. The
tabletop was made of marble, but because of fast production is needed
to meet the demands, slate was used instead. Basically, 3 slates of
the same thickness are joined together to form the tabletop of the billiards
table. The rails were covered by leather in the past but has been replaced
by hard rubber that has the same tension and elasticity all round. And
note that not all billiards tables have the same softness or hardness
of the rails, it all depends on the manufacturer. And this is important
when doing bank shots, it will determine the completion of the billiard
ball. As a billiard player, you should take this into consideration
when playing on a foreign billiards table. The direction and the speed
of the ball will differ from table to table.
The rails and the tabletop are covered by a woven wool cloth that should
be tightly stretched. It should not move or shift when you place your
palm on the tabletop trying to move it. The cloth have to be straight
and no dimples or wrinkles. If the cloth is not perfect, when balls
move across any flaws, it is bound to deflect the path of the balls.
High quality cloth also allows the billiard ball to move further. And
a smooth cloth will cause your ball to take off faster than a felt-like
cloth. Europe billiards table are usually smooth while American pocket
billiards table are more felt-like. Also pay attention to the color
of the cloth, a green color is more soothing for the eyes compared to
other fancier colors, it allows you to play longer.
There is a standard
regarding the proportions of the billiards table, they are ratio of
2 : 1 . The basic sizese are 4 feet by 8 feet and 41/2 feet by 9 feet.
The height is 31 to 32 inches accordingly.
In the past, billiard equipments were made from expensive materials like
billiards table were made from marble, and billiard balls were made
from pure ivory, I suppose that alone will burn a hole in your pocket.
After that, billiard balls were made from wood and metal, but to have
a successful shot depends in the matter of luck. Thanks to technology,
we can have excellent plastic billiard balls now. The criteria for the
perfect billiard ball are the roundness and the center of gravity. If
either one of this criteria is not met, the ball will swerve to a curve,
no skills of any billiard player will correct that. Pocket billiard
balls has a diameter of 2.25 inches and weigh 5.5 ounces.
In the game of billiard, players are not too much concern about the billiard
table or billiard balls because you can't bring them out when most of
the time you are playing in some pool halls with your friends. But not
with the billiard cue stick, players got a variety of choices to choose
from and purchase the one that suits them well. But before you rush
out to get your own billiard cue stick there are a few things you might want to know. I have written some articles
on testing your billiard cue stick, so go check it out. The determining
factor of which billiard cue stick is the right one for you are length
and weight, as different billiard players have different styles. The
average length of most billiard cue stick is 55 inches, while weight
ranges from 17 to 22 ounces. Beginners are recommended to buy a billiard
cue stick at 19 ounces. If the billiard cue stick is heavy, the shot
will often be too powerful as it intended to be while if the billiard
cue stick is light, you may have some difficulty doing straight shots,
the handling of the billiard cue stick becomes hard and you may miscue.
Some of the billiard cue stick in the market have a removable rubber
at the butt, you can attach a different weight to it thus make it heavier
or lighter according to your likings. Billiard cue stick are mostly
made from Canadian maple and pay attention to the elasticityof the material.
Billiard cue stick that are made from softer maple are better as it
is made for more advance shots and spining balls. There are billiard
cue stick that are wrapped with fibre glass around the wood, as this
design allows the player to clean the billiard cue easier. For wooden
billiard cue stick, the tip may get dirty over time and you will need
sandpaper to remove them. But sanding the billiard cue stick too often
will damage it and it will affect your straight shots. So the billiard
cue stick with the fiber glass is easier to maintain. The white part
that is between the tip and the shaft is called the Ferrule. It is made
of ivory on expensive billiard cue stick and most of them now are made
of plastic. Tips that are hard or soft depends on the player's choice
but the glued on ones are better than the screwed on ones. While playing
billiard, you have to chalk the tip especially if you want to make the
cue ball spin. The chalk will help to prevent the tip from slipping
off the cue ball. The grip
at the butt of the billiard cue stick is where it determines the price
of the stick. Cuemakers love to design exclusive patterns adorn with expensive and exquisite
materials like gold inlays, ivory inlays etc. Then it is coated with
expensive lacquer through different process and the cost of the billiard
cue can appreciate to a 5 figure pricing.
If you have a hard time and almost impossible to make a shot with your
hand bridge then you will need a mechanical bridge. There are plenty
in any given billiard parlor. They have different heights altogether.
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