28 November 2008

Snooker tables, what you need to know

Snooker is one of the great games, relaxing, requiring some skill but not too strenuous. Having a snooker room in your home is something to aspire to, at least for men. However you do need a large room for the 12-foot full-blown version. The good news is you can get smaller tables too, starting at 7 foot. They still have the same slate bed and leather pockets so they last forever and still have that classic wood frame. The 7 foot and 8 foot versions only have 10 reds on the table so the table doesn't get overcrowded with balls, but apart from that its almost as good as the real thing.

If you are thinking of buying a snooker table, first check the room size required. As a general rule of thumb, add 10 feet to each dimension to find out what room size you need. The 12-foot table for example requires a room size of 22 feet by 16 feet to allow for a clean cue action all around the table. The cues are normally 57 inches in length. So for a 7-foot table you need a room of 17 feet by 10 foot 6 inches. (A snooker table is always twice as long as it is wide)

When it comes to which one to buy, bear in mind that the actual playing surface is virtually the same on all snooker tables. The price you pay for a table is largely determined by the leg design and wood chosen. Snooker tables can be crafted from solid wood like ash or mahogany or built from strong plywood and covered in veneer. The tables made from the solid wood are stained to give it the colour you want whilst the veneered type have the correct colour of veneer applied and are less expensive. Also the leg design is also a factor in the cost. A complicated design is more difficult to make and so more expensive.

The classic 12 foot snooker table has 8 legs whereas the smaller types like the 7 or 8 ft have 4 legs and the 9 and 10 ft sizes have 6 legs. The weight of a big 12-foot table is almost 1 ton and generally the weight of a snooker table is the equivalent weight of 2 men per leg. So a 4-leg table is half a ton up to the full ton for an 8 leg table.

Most of the weight of a snooker table is in the slate of course. The thickness of the slate is usually 1 inch up to 1-¾ inches for the tournament tables. The smaller tables usually have a single piece of slate for tables up to 8 feet. Those pieces of slate are very heavy and would need 3 guys to lift it, and the bigger tables have their slate cut into 3 or 5 pieces so the slate can be lifted and then assembled at the customers house. This is why snooker tables should be professionally installed.

When the snooker table is put together, the frame is assembled first and that has large wooden cross members to put the slate on. The slate is the put onto the frame and if the slate is in separate pieces they are aligned to provide a perfectly flat surface so the gap between the individual pieces is virtually non-existent. The cloth is then stretched over the slate and stapled to the frame to keep the cloth taught. The cushions which already have the rubber and cloth prepared, are then bolted to the frame. The pockets are made from metal and leather are screwed into the side rails last of all.

So if you are thinking of buying a snooker table, first determine what size table will fit in your room and then decide what colour wood would be best in your room from light coloured ash to the dark mahogany. The weight of the table is spread between lots of legs and a standard floor type is usually quite sufficient. Then think of what it would be like to have your own snooker table, the look and feel of it, and enjoy.

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24 August 2008

Halloween Costumes

It has been quite a while since my last post. I had very busy weeks, my relation wedding, manage my cafĂ©, going to a tour to bromo…What a weeks. I have a 3 days opened to relax, so I can do whatever I want. I heard that next month is going to be a party on my favorite pool lounge. On 31 October will be a Halloween party and restricted to member only. This is going to be fun. Member who wants to join the party must be wearing a costume, what a crazy idea, how do we going to be playing billiard with complicated costume? But I think that are the best part and I’m looking forward to watch this.


The committee said they have estimated 200 people will come to party. Wow, crowded indeed. They also said about score girls and sexy dancers will be wears a costume too. This is great; the best thing that guys will only found on the party is the girls. Sexy girl will just wandering between us, this is hunting time, maybe some of them still single. Anyway, I can guarantee 100 % about the girls, they just being crazy inside the party. Most of them will wear Adult Halloween costumes and sexier is better. We are the witnesses of the fashion innovation that girls has. I couldn’t imagine any further about it, just wait for the day. My team decided to wear a uniform costume, from our high school uniform. These costumes are unique enough and its maneuverability is comfort enough to move freely.


The party committee also said about the costume safety, because the party will be crowded they afraid they hard to evacuate the injured one. My team’s uniform is safe enough so that wouldn’t be a problem. They also make a exhibition match just to fun between the team. The party is going to be all night long.

How about your Halloween party? Have you planned on it about your costume? Don’t forget, the Halloween is near…

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28 July 2008

The Most Common Mistakes

  1. BRIDGE
    Too loose of the bridge hand, STEADY, STRONG but RELAX
  2. WARM UP STROKES
    Not enough warm up strokes prior to stiking the cue ball. Align your stroke, dont take too much warm up strokes by it will make your shot blur.
  3. FOLLOW THROUGH
    Moving prior to the completion of the stroke.
  4. LEVEL STROKE
    The butt of the cue being to high during the entire stroke.
  5. PLAYING SAFE
    Always think 10 second forward. Imagine what happened if your shot missed.
  6. MENTAL
    Just play the balls. Being intimidated is the last thing you one to suffer.
  7. CUE STROKE
    Getting position for the next shot is determined by the angle you have on the object ball and striking the cue ball high, low or center.
  8. CUE TIP
    Not roughing up the tip often enough
  9. CHALK
    Forgetting to chalk up frequently.
  10. PRACTICE
    Practice these tips every time you play, even in practice time.

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