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Billiards and “Take a Cue”

Monday, November 30th, 2009


Billiards and “Take a Cue”

Billiards and “Take a Cue”

By Yossarian Fisher

Physics, aside from being a challenging high school subject, is also the main governing force of all matter in the universe. It also governs how much energy you need to exert on a pool stick when making a break or what direction a ball will bounce off to when it hits another. Of course, we are not going to count the numerical value of energy one has to exert. There is just no way for our mind to convert that information into muscle signals. Instead, this information is learned through practice and experience of playing the game.

Pockets on Every Corner

While it can be said that practice is the essential building block of any good athlete, practicing the game of billiards is an entirely different matter all together. The idea of the game itself is simple, using a stick; a player must poke a white ball -and only the white ball, towards colored balls in an attempt to make them fall into any of six holes on the pool table. For now, let us put aside the fact that there are rules that dictate the order of colors a player must successfully land in the holes, also known as pockets. This leaves us with a very simple of a knock-balls-into-holes kind of game. Is it simple enough?

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Not always. In a basic nine ball set up, there will be ten balls in play. One cue ball, and the nine colored billiard balls. These nine balls will not conveniently place themselves in a straight path between the cue ball and a hole. Even if some did, it does not mean that landing one good shot will place your cue ball properly for the next shot. This means that on a basic level, the average pool player is considering how he or she must make the cue ball hit another billiard ball which in turn, would both cause a billiard ball to fall in the pocket and leave the cue ball in a desirable position where it may knock another target into the hole. That alone may seem plenty. There is more though.

Rack ‘Em and Shoot ‘Em

Now we reconsider the previously set aside fact that there are certain pool rules about the order of balls that must be hit.

All that is missing is the fact that if a player fails to successfully pocket a proper ball in his or her turn, then they will lose that turn. So in the event that the player knows that there are not good shots to be made, the player must then play the round with the consideration of placing the cue ball in an equally inappropriate location so the that opponent would not be able to score.

This is why playing billiards is not easy for beginners. There are plenty of things that can only be learned through constant practice. It is amazing when we consider how fast a pool player’s mind quickly calculates the different factors of this game. In tournaments and other major competitions, these players show tremendous ability to concentrate and zone out from the cheering crowd which allows them to pick up that cue stick and still make good shots; and for all the scientific physics that occurs in every game, watching a round of pool is akin to witnessing magic. GP

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“Point The Way” Review

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

“Point The Way” Review

By Ernie Reynolds


Point The Way book

I love the game of pool and have played for most of my life. I learned early on that pool is, in large part, a mental game. What I mean is, after you have played for a year or two and can put the balls where you want them, progressing to a higher level is largely a matter of getting your head together.

We can all make some nice shots once in a while. However, the great players can make these shots regularly and with consistency. They have trained their mind to concentrate only on the game at hand and block out all the extraneous distractions.

I read a good book recently that really puts these ideas into perspective in a big way.

“Point The Way”, by Tim “The Monk” Miller delves deeply into the mental aspects of the game of pool and billiards. He has taken a spiritual view of the game and its impact on a person’s life and attitudes. This is no “how to make a bank shot” fluff, this is a heavy-duty “why can’t I shoot consistently” mental tune-up.

The Monk has taken the game of pool apart and investigated why we sometimes miss easy shots, choke up when we play certain types of people, get nervous when we get to the 8-ball, and many of the myriad of trials and tribulations that can happen to us at the pool table. He explains that there are three main elements to playing pool – performance, learning, and social fellowship. To get the most out of the game, we naturally want to experience all three.

In addition to advice on improving our mental control and attitude, the book of course contains chapters on the fundamentals of the game, the variety of shots that are necessary for an all-around competent shooter, strategies for maximizing your practice and training, and even advice on preparing for local pool tournaments. There are many anecdotes to illustrate the various concepts.

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One concept that I especially enjoyed was the section on the “Id” – that little voice in your head that sometimes talks you out of playing to your best potential. Another was the mental games you can play on your opponents to gain an advantage on the table and walk out with money in your pockets instead of going home broke. The Monk relates some of his many interesting experiences along these lines.

I had seen The Monk mentioned on the web before and wondered about the origin of his nickname. It seems he led a spiritual life for some years before getting into pool and was actually some type of religious monk. He has taken this inner spirituality and made deep studies of the “how’s” and “why’s” of our performance or lack of performance on the pool table. It makes for some very interesting reading.

If you find yourself struggling with the ability to play consistently solid pool like I did for years, the problem may lie with your mental game. Once you get into your head and straighten out all the attitude and emotional issues, you may find that you have stepped up your pool game to a much higher level. I have experienced this in recent years, and this book will certainly help me to achieve even greater consistency to my game in the future.

“Point The Way” is not your average, run-of-the-mill pool book. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to improve that aspect of pool playing that many of us overlook – “the game within”.

Pool Table for Sale

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Pool Table For Sale

Got a spare million pounds hanging around to buy a pool table? That’s only 1.66 million in US dollars. Chump change.

This little beauty is for sale at Harrod’s in London. It is a “royal” billiards, or rather snooker, table. It was built for Queen Victoria in 1887.

The black walnut body features carvings of past British kings and queens, flora and fauna, and quotations from Shakespeare and other prominent British poets and authors.

It features a matching cupboard which is also carved and decorared which historic people and events. I assume it will also hold your pool cues and other accessories.

If you have some space in the game room, you may want to check out this lovely snooker table. It could add some class to an otherwise humdrum existence.

Pool Table Light Installation

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009


Pool Table Light Installation

Pool Table Light Installation

By Denise E McDonald

Your pool table light must be hung properly to ensure full illumination of your billiard playing area including the rails, cushions and guide point arrows. The average height of your billiard lamp should be 32″ to 36″ above the playing surface or bed of your table to the bottom of your lamp shade. A general method of determining billiard light height is to have your billiard lamp level with the bridge of your nose. Also when your adjusting the height of your billiard lamp turn off any other lights in the room and adjust the light so there are no shadows on your table.

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Instructions For Hanging Your Billiard Light:

1. You must find the Center of your table’s Playing Area which is the length and width of the pool table bed only, not the rails. Here are the standard playing areas of billiard tables:

Billiard Table Size

6′ x 3′ table has a playing area of L 66″ x W 33″

7′ x 3’6″ table has a playing area of L 78″ x W 39″

8′ x 4 ‘ table has a playing area of L 88″ x W 44″

8′ x 4 ‘ (oversized) table has a playing area of L 92″ x W 46″

9′ x 4’6″ table has a playing area of L 100″ x W 50″

10′ x 5′ table has a playing area of L 112″ x W 56″

12′ x 6′ table has a playing area of L 124″ x W 62″

2. Next place a small piece of masking tape on the center of your tables playing area. For example: If you have a 9′ x 4’6″ billiard table your playing area is L100″ x W 50″. Now take your tape measure (which should be flush against the inside head rail) and use your middle diamond on the rail as a guide and measure in L 50″ and tick with a small piece of tape and measure the width which should be W25″ and that will give you the center of your tables playing area.

3. Now that you have the center of your billiard table marked with a small piece of masking tape, hold a plumb line from the ceiling and align it to the center of your tables playing area and mark your ceiling when the plumb line is aligned with your pool table center. You can buy a plumb line at any hardware store.

Pool table lights are fairly heavy and the ceiling mounts or hooks should be screwed into a ceiling stud. Use a stud finder to locate your ceiling studs. If a stud is not available you can fasten your billiard light using strong drywall fasteners such as a Toggle Bolt.

4. Measure the distance from the center of your billiard light to the center of the chain on both sides of your billiard light and mark these measurements on your ceiling. This is where our hooks will be screwed into the ceiling. Run your plumb line again to ensure your ceiling marks are aligned and centered to your billiard light.

5. Pre-drill a hole or two holes (if it is a two chain mount) into the stud/studs or drywall. Drill size Tip: A quick technique is to hold a drill bit up to the shank of the mounting screw. The proper drill bit size is the same size as the shank between the threads of your mounting screw. Screw the mounting hooks securely into your pre-drilled holes.

Note: If you need to stand on your billiard table bed to install your light, place a piece of dense foam or a thick blanket on your pool table bed to protect the felt.

6. Count the chain links on both sides to ensure your billiard lamp is level. Once mounted you can adjust your billiard light height for proper illumination of your billiard table. That’s It!

TOOLS NEEDED: Ladder, Measuring Tape, Plumb Line, Small Hand Drill, Screwdriver, Possibly a toggle bolt, Masking Tape and a pencil.

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