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Blliard Balls

Have you ever wondered what type of billiard balls would be best for your needs? Here, we’ll break down what you should be thinking about when choosing your next pool cue, the basic types of balls, and then cover some helpful considerations.

What characteristics will I need in my pool balls?

There are many factors that go into the making of a good pool ball. One should have enough mass to help achieve medium-fast speed, but not so much that it causes the ball to come off with too much force upon transfer. There are many different qualities of materials to choose from as well, including solid steel or composition resin balls. The size and shape shouldn’t needlessly compete with each other either.

The thin diameter and long axis will give the ball a harsh shot, while the thick diameter and short axis give it a smooth shot every time. This shape also comes with its own set of pros and cons because thinner decks will trap even more airborne dust, while thicker decks spread out more dust when hit by a stick into the table cloth.

Type and grade of cue

A cue is a type of stick or wand used by people to play cue sports, like a pool or snooker. The most common suit wood for native English speakers is eucalyptus because it provides less friction than many other lash-wood such as rosulate, mulberry, and honey locust. This makes eucalyptus an excellent choice for stiff-cutting (i.e., difficult) cue shafts.

pool ballsShot and goals

To choose the perfect Billiard Tables for a shot, there are many factors that need to be taken into account. One consideration is how the ball functions off the table. This can be affected by certain characteristics such as their weight, size and design. Size is important because, for this shot, it will either aid or hurt your position and score. Design, on the other hand, matters in terms of angles and accuracy. Finally, it’s important to keep your break clean in order to achieve a greater breaking potential.

String/rubber you’ll use

There are two types of string to consider: natural and synthetic. Natural cotton or sisal strings are softer, and they hook on the table when you hit them. They still create friction which affects the break of the cue ball, but with a little practice, it can be mastered. Synthetic cords are easier to adjust around, but they don’t work as well on the table and require more force to break/break off.

The shape of the table

If a ball is going to be shot into the pocket, its shape needs to be able to fit snugly without hitting other balls on its path. The most common shapes for pool tables are the conical and spherical balls. When choosing the shape of a ball, the diameter is important because the smaller it is, the easier it will roll into a pocket. Circular and oval-shaped balls are ideal because they can smoothly flow around other items on the table, while spirals work well with conical pockets.


Once you’ve got your billiard balls, you need to know what to do with them. Pick a table, find the pockets at the sides, and start shooting! Have some fun learning how to play.