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Billiard Balls To Fit Your Pool Playing Style

Jason Marco

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The average home player may not notice a difference between a lighter billiard ball and a heavier one. A pool player who plays professionally or on the tournament circuit will not only notice a difference in the balls, they will notice an improvement in their play and control if they use the correct weight and balance of balls. They will even notice a difference in different materials used to make the balls.

In the past people swore by ivory as the material of choice to make pool balls out of. It was weighted correctly, it reacted to the heat and friction of use on felt well, it didn't get burn marks, it kept a steady speed and it lasted. Unfortunately, the only way to get ivory is to slaughter elephants for nothing more than their tusks, a practice that it rightfully frowned upon now that we can replicate the weight and balance of ivory with materials like resin. This means that ivory billiard balls are rare, and you are more likely to find plastic or resin balls.

Plastic balls that aren't made of solid resin are the wrong kind of ball to buy, not matter what type of player you are. They damage the felt, and will eventually get little felt burn marks on them because they can't withstand the rigors of the actual game of pool. The most common cause of stretched felt and burn marked pool balls is the break - a good break can reach a speed up to 30 mph, which can cause a poorly constructed pool ball to heat and stretch the felt on your table and eventually to get little burn streaks on the cue ball itself.

So what do you need in a pool ball set? the weight of the balls is important. A pool set of 5 ounces per ball or better is ideal. This improves ball speed and accuracy. it does that by helping you conserve energy o each stroke - a well weighted ball will take more power from your shot and travel a greater distance, with less effort on your part. Balance is also important. A ball that is balanced properly will ride a true line across the table, giving you more accurate straight shots and perfect bank shots. You can't get the angle precision you need on complex shots if your ball wobbles instead of going straight and true.

Once you have found the ideal weight and balance for your style of play, you can look for appearance Thanks to modern technology, resin balls can be made to look any way you want. Many manufacturers, like Elephant, make balls in all shapes and colors already. If you don't see a style you like out of the options already available to you, some manufacturers will even make custom designs to your specifications. Of course, a custom design is much pricier than a ready-made design, but if a perfect match to your decor is important to you, you can't put a price on getting what you want. Regardless of your preference in style, take your time and get professional grade pool balls. You won't regret it.

Jason Marco is a expert on the subject of Pool and operates a discount billiards store where you can get great equipment and Pool balls

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