Originally Posted by realkingcobra
What Joey fails to understand as well as everyone else is that banking diagram is for a billiards table where banking is critical in which thinner cloth, bigger balls, higher density cushions, and heated slates are in use. Humidity, cloth, balls, cushions, level of table....ALL play a role in how tables play different from each other, even rail construction, thickness of slate, how many bolts a rail has effects the outcome of the banks. That diagram is a guide, not the bible of how a POOL table is suppose to play. Even how .any hours of play on the cloth changes everything about how a pool table plays, we don't even want to get into how clean the table is. Wake up people, even billiards tables don't play as perfect as that diagram indicates they should. ONE rail banks is the true test of how a POOL table banks. Ask yourselves how many times do you ba k a ball on a pool table more than ONE RAIL?
Yes all billiard table play different. If you're fortunate enough to go to Carom Cafe right before the Verhoeven Tournament where all the tables have been re-covered, each table will be slightly different. Slightly.
I have never seen a pool table in a pool hall play to the diagram. That's maybe mostly because most pool halls NEVER clean their tables. If they do, its not often enough. Oh ya the balls need maintenance too and need to be replaced every so often. Sooner than 5 years!
The comments of hitting diamond 2 and coming to 3 to the corner is what I've seen and = bad playing conditions. But for the most part these things are equal on pool tables and rarely does someone bank a CB 3 rails first to pocket a ball. Another reason the pool hall owner doesn't get grief.
If you walk away from a few games and your hand is filthy with chalk ....
complain to the management, not the mechanic.