Introduction to playing pool

Most people reading this blog would have played pool before or will at least have seen it played , either in pubs and clubs or on television.

Depending on where you live in the world will determine what version of the game you have played. In the USA, for example, pool is normally played on a table measuring 9′ x 4.5′ with 2.25” balls. In the UK, however, a smaller table is used,  between the sizes of 6 x 3 and 8 x 4.5 along with 2″ balls. It should be mentioned that the most frequently played on pool table and preferred by most players is the 7 x 4 pool table. Pool table recovering bed and cushion packs always come in 7 x 4 sizes. If an 8 x 4 pool table recover is carried out then I always have to purchase the cloth by the metre.

By the way, did you know that 8 x 4 pool tables were first manufactured to play snooker on in pubs? It did not work out however! Where, on average, a game of pool played by two decent players should take 7 minutes the snooker table version was taking far longer and was not profitable for the trade. A snooker table conversion set of balls is available by aramith. This enables snooker to be played on a pool table. The way it work is as follows…

As you may well know the cue ball in English 8 ball is an eighth of an inch smaller than the fourteen other balls on the pool table which are 2″ in diameter, thus, enabling it to be returned whilst the other balls are retained in the ball draw. The snooker conversion kit works by having 10 reds  2″ with the white and the colours an eighth of an inch smaller so they can be re-spotted every time they are potted.

The game usually played over in the UK is eight ball pool, involving two sets of seven different coloured balls (usually reds and yellows) and a black ball. The aim of the game is to pot all your set of coloured balls followed by the black ball before the opponent can do the same with his set of balls.

Different sets of rules have evolved which determine the finer details of the game and I shall discus these in  more detail in another blog.

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