Jun
07

Taking Good Care of Your Pool Table

Your pool table at home is probably one of your most prized possessions, and something your friends all wish they had. To keep the jewel of your home in top condition, proper care of your pool table is necessary. First, establish rules for using the pool table when you first purchase it, especially if you’ve got children or teens in the house that will be using it. Absolutely no getting up and crawling around on the pool table, which small children will want to do for some reason. No drinks or anything else should be allowed to sit on the pool table. Even when it’s not being used for billiards, you shouldn’t use the table for some other purpose. When the felt starts to look less than smooth, it’s probably time to consider new felt. Run period inspections of your table, including the pockets and the underside of the table, to catch any problems before they become big ones. With proper maintenance, your billiards table will last for a long time and be able to provide you with a great game whenever you want one.

Oct
06

Trick Shot Basics

A trick shot in pool is a shot that is played in which something amazing or seemingly impossible happens with the billiard balls and sometimes other props. Trick shots are played mostly on pool tables but sometimes are preformed on snooker tables as well. Professional pool players as well as amateurs who specialize in trick shots often take part in organized competitions known as artistic pool which allows them to show off their trick shot skills by performing standard trick shots as well as making up new ones. To perform these tricks requires planning your shot.

The object of the game of pool and the object of trick pool shots are essentially the same; to pocket balls (or make them end up in the destination you choose) by controlling the direction of the cue ball and how it hits the other balls. Unlike the game of pool, however, trick shots allow you to set up the layout of the balls before you take your shot. This makes for some very interesting and challenging shots involving ball placement.

You need a good understanding of the basic pool physics as well as a steady hand and a good stroke to excel in the game of billiards as well as with trick shots. You also need a lot of patience and a willingness to learn if you want to become good at trick pool shots.

Trick shots usually use a cue ball, one or more billiard balls, and a cue stick like other billiard games. Some trick shots also require props unlike other billiard games which may include drinking glasses, bottles, baskets, ball racks, coins, cue chalk, money, and other items that may or may not be related to pool.

The props used for trick shots and in artistic pool function to make the shot more difficulty, add aesthetic value, or to give the shooter a place to aim or final destination for the ball. Specialized cue sticks are available for performing particular types of shots such as jump shots and massés which many artistic billiards pros use. Many people love to watch players execute trick shots and some people make a career of performing these amazing feats with billiard balls.