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Pool Tables in Orange County, CA Best Since 1946
Pool Tables in Orange County, CA Best Since 1946

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What were cue balls originally made out of? Ivory http://weststatebilliards.com

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What color is the ball you hit with the pool stick? White http://weststatebilliards.com

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What is a masse shot? When you hit down on the cue ball at an extremely steep angle in an attempt to curve it around an obstruction. There is a much easier variation, used by many good players from time to time, called (less obtusely) a "curve" shot. This shot is accomplished by hitting down at just a slight angle on one side or the other of the cue ball, to get it to gently curve in that direction as it rolls. The curving is caused by the spin imparted to the ball as it travels, and grips the cloth and the spin alters its path. A "masse" shot is a much more extreme version of a curve, whereby the player attempts to make the ball bend its path wildly. In most cases, it's much more practical to either just hit the ball off a rail first, or to jump it, rather than try a masse. Even the best players possess too little control over what happens to the ball during a masse shot to use it very often. http://weststatebilliards.com

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What is the shot where the cue ball first caroms off a rail and then strikes the object ball sending it into the pocket? Banking or Kicking. http://weststatebilliards.com

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Which number is the solid yellow ball? The one ball. http://weststatebilliards.com

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Which shape do you rack the balls in for 9 ball? A diamond http://weststatebilliards.com

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Which shape do you rack the balls in for 8 ball? A Triangle http://weststatebilliards.com

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Why do many bars and pool halls make it off-limits for patrons to try the ever-popular "masse" shot? The casual player can actually rip the cloth of the table by trying this shot. If the cloth is properly stretched, it's unlikely but it can happen, especially when inebriation is involved as it frequently is. Breaking the cue ball with the cue is essentially impossible. The tip of the cue is generally a type of leather (or in cheap bars, plastic), and the ball is much too hard to be damaged by it (pool balls used to be made of ivory, now most are made synthetically). Jumping a ball off the table can happen, and often does, but jumping it high enough and hard enough to injure anyone while trying a masse shot is extremely unlikely. The slate does have some give to it, but denting it permanently with the cue tip isn't possible in the course of normal play. http://weststatebilliards.com

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At times, including during the Civil War, billiard results received wider coverage than war news. Players were so renowned that cigarette cards were issued featuring them. http://weststatebilliards.com

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Tables originally had flat vertical walls for rails and their only function was to keep the balls from falling off. They resembled riverbanks and even used to be called "banks". Players discovered that balls could bounce off the rails and began deliberately aiming at them. Thus a "bank shot" is one in which a ball is made to rebound from a cushion as part of the shot. http://weststatebilliards.com
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