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Billiard Balls: A Huge Variety of Balls to Match The Array of Games

February 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 161

Billiard balls are considered as just simple accessories one needs to be able to play any game of pool. They are often overlooked, but the fact is they are absolutely indispensable. There are so many different pool games now, and they all have specialized sets of balls to use; one can even have customized billiard balls made based on interests, passions, etc.

Carom Billiards

Carom billiards regroup the games played on a table with no pockets; straight-rail, three-cushion, balkline, etc. The set consists of three billiard balls: a red one as the object ball, a white cue ball, and a second cue ball with a dot to be used by the second player. The latter one is sometimes yellow. These balls are quite bigger than what the most people are used to: their dimensions typically of 2 7/8" in diameter.

International Billiards

Those are the most widely known; the usual set of billiard balls most everybody knows about and that is used to play the common 8-ball, nine-ball, straight pool, one-pocket, and more. The set consists of a white cue ball and 15 object balls having a diameter of 2 ¼". The object balls are numbered and colored in a way that they are separated in two distinct groups. Numbers 1 through 7 are of one solid color and go as follow: yellow, blue, red, purple (sometimes pink), orange, purple, and brown (burgundy). The balls from 9 to 15 have a color stripe on a plain white ball and follow the same color order. The remaining 8 ball is solid black but is considered neutral and is to be pocketed last in the game of 8-ball.


Those billiard balls are simply separated in two sets of different colors; typically red and yellow and a white cue ball with which each player has to pocket all their color balls before their opponent. Those balls, to compensate for the fact that there is no specific order to pocket them, are smaller (typically 2 to 2 1/8" in diameter). And the cue ball is even smaller, with a diameter of 1 7/8".


The snooker billiard balls set contains more balls than most games use with its 22. It consists of fifteen solid red balls, six color balls, and a white cue ball. The color balls all stand for a specific number of points: yellow (2), green (3), brown (4), blue (5), pink (6), and black (7). The standard diameter of snooker balls is 2 1/15".


Basepool can be played with international billiard balls since it uses the same number of balls. However, no distinction is made between solid and striped so only the color matter. There are 7 pairs of color balls, a black ball, and a cue ball. The color balls are paired as so: yellows and blues (singles), reds and purples (double), oranges and greens (triples), and browns (part of the home run). Different shots using those object balls allows players to draw walks, bunt, steal, hit and run, sacrifice fly, take strikes, strikeout, and pretty much any other situation that occurs in the course of a baseball game. Their diameter is of 2 ¼".

To know more about the history of billiard balls, pay a visit Billiards Village's blog where you will find this and plenty more information concerning the game of pool in general.

Craig Carter does not have a job related to billiards. He is working as a carpenter, building mostly staircases and ceilings. But, one day, about a decade ago, he decided to build his own pool table as a personal project and the result was that he absolutely fell in love with the game of pool. From then on he decided that he wanted to share that passion with other billiards fans and that the easiest way to achieve that was through the web. Carter writes articles about just any aspect of pool to help his fellow billiards fans to find reliable information as easily as possible.

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