Snooker Table Balls (part 3)

The cellutose nitrate type of snooker table ball was moulded from powder under great pressure and the resulting block of plastic material was turned and polished in a similar way to the old ivory ball, but the new cast resin ball was made by a much more modern and sophisticated process. The raw materials were mixed under heat in large stills until they produced a syrupy substance. This syrup was poured into glass flasks and then underwent a number of baking treatments lasting several days. Once again a hard block of plastic material was produced and had to be finished in a perfect sphere by means of a series of grinding and polishing operations on highly specialised machinery.

The bright colours seen on  snooker tables are obtained by adding aniline dyes during distillation. However, for some years past it had been realised that the cellulose nitrate snooker table ball had become out of date as the raw materials had become hard to obtain.

The time had come to produce something better and more modern. After intensive experimentation the ‘Super Crystalate’ snooker table ball was put on the market in 1972.

This snooker table ball has specially bright and attractive colours is very hard and durable and its specific density is very similar to crystalate, or rather heavier than vitalite. It has been an instant success and has been adopted by the Billiards Association and is now exclusively used by leading professionals. It is the ball used in all major tournaments and you can see how well it responds to the players skill.

When snooker table recovering I am often asked for the Aramith Tournament Champion snooker table ball which is now used in  all World Snooker Association events. This ball is not to be mistaken with the Riley Aristocrat Tournament Champion.

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