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Jempy35
10-04-2017, 07:32 AM
Let's say you have enough room size to fit in a 9 footer and you only use your pool table for an occasional game with friends (so not for training purposes. You don't have real professional ambitions... yet... ;-)). You want to be able to play with people who are very good and can play on any size table, but also with people who stink at pool but want to be able to pot the occasional ball ;-).

In short which pool table size gives you the most fun for everyone without too much restrictions for one side (either the good or the bad players)

Which pool table size do you prefer?

I should think an 8 footer is the perfect compromise but what are your thoughts?

billiardthought
10-04-2017, 07:35 AM
I think pocket size is as important of a question as table size when you consider the word "fun" in the question. A generous pocketed 9 footer would have to be more fun than a super strict pocketed 7 footer.

skip100
10-04-2017, 09:39 AM
8 feet, not too big for beginners but not cramped either.

Scratch85
10-04-2017, 09:48 AM
Pockets around the 4 3/4 size.

PoppaSaun
10-04-2017, 09:53 AM
9-ft.

I know from personal experience that even if you have a generous smaller table, casual players are going to miss 80% of the time and will be tired of playing in less than an hour.

The serious players will appreciate the larger table.

But, really, I would question getting a pool table at all. It is an expensive waste of a room if you aren't serious about playing and practicing.

JazzboxBlues
10-04-2017, 10:03 AM
Without question a 9 footer.

K2Kraze
10-04-2017, 11:32 AM
Without question a Brunswick 8 footer with standard 5 pockets. All your friends will appreciate your reasonable pockets.


~ K.

BobTfromIL
10-04-2017, 11:36 AM
Voted for 9' even though my table is an oversize 8', big as I could go.
If your playing with a bunch of "fun" players I could see a 7' being ok.

PhilosopherKing
10-04-2017, 12:18 PM
i would try to find the best possible deal on a used table that performs well on the secondary market: full-size gold crown or diamond maybe 7ft diamond.

that way you don't take a bath on it if the fun runs out or you need the space.

the difference in quality also shows.

Ched
10-04-2017, 12:25 PM
Given the choice of tables, I would no doubt prefer to have a 9' table at home ... but given that the question contained the word "fun" - I'd have to say 8'. That's not to say that a 9' isn't fun - just that I tend to bear down and take it more seriously on a 9'.

spktur
10-04-2017, 01:06 PM
If room size doesn't matter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7ZbMsHgIqs

PhilosopherKing
10-04-2017, 01:18 PM
a softer table may be more fun at first, and you do say that you have no intention of taking the game seriously, but the pool bug bites hard, and, if that happens, i think you'll regret getting anything other than 9ft.

fastone371
10-04-2017, 01:39 PM
Definitely a 7' table, possibly an 8' but a 9' table is out of the question for casual players. My family plays on my table during the holidays but the size of my Gold Crown does not go unnoticed. I know that they would enjoy a 7' (bar size) table much more. Wisconsin is loaded with 7' bar boxes so almost every league and tournament is played on 7' tables. I even get regular shooters over on my table commenting on how big a 9' table is, would someone really think a very casual player would have more fun on a 9' than a 7'???

Johnny Rosato
10-04-2017, 02:06 PM
'Just for fun' implies y'all aren't serious players. A Valley bar table would be fine, priced reasonable, and they're built like a tank!

strmanglr scott
10-04-2017, 02:42 PM
'Just for fun' implies y'all aren't serious players. A Valley bar table would be fine, priced reasonable, and they're built like a tank!

That's sound advice. Valley bar box will take whatever is thrown at it.

Watch craigslist and you'll find one cheap that can be resold for the same price.

That way if you do get the bug and want to move up to a nine you can do so w out losing out.

I've played on bar boxes a lot. I went to hall, when we had one, and played daily on a 9ftr. I didn't have a problem w it. Seemed easier playing 8ball.

Nothing wrong w an 8ftr either.

Ideally, I want a nice valley 7ft coin op and a diamond or brunswick 9ft in my place.

ctyhntr
10-04-2017, 03:10 PM
I agree. To be frank, casual players will not notice whether you have tight pockets or league buckets. They will give up once you start making 3-4 balls in a row. Buy the table for your self.

When the room is too small for the table...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ex_BuaxZ3v0


9-ft.

I know from personal experience that even if you have a generous smaller table, casual players are going to miss 80% of the time and will be tired of playing in less than an hour.

The serious players will appreciate the larger table.

But, really, I would question getting a pool table at all. It is an expensive waste of a room if you aren't serious about playing and practicing.

Jempy35
11-15-2017, 03:41 PM
I'm currently tending to an 8 ft table. Me personally, I don't have any problem with a 9 ft table (I 've played on them and though it's much more difficult in potting balls than on an 8 ft, I feel very comfortable on them). I'm sure a 9 ft table would even improve my game and maybe me first choice should be a 9 ft table.

Problem is that I don't want to play alone all the time and I will probably have to play players that don't share my enthousiasm (eventhough I'm certainly not planning on getting a Pro and enter competitions sometime soon) and I want them to enjoy the game aswel. I think a 9 ft table will scare a lot of them of and I want to avoid that.

7 ft is a bit to small for my likings and is a no go so that leaves me with an 8 feet.

I'm only in doubt know that I should be thinking only to myself (and go for the 9 ft) or avoid that others that want to play me, find the 9 ft too big (and go for an 8 ft).

Jempy35
11-15-2017, 03:43 PM
I'm currently tending to an 8 ft table. Me personally, I don't have any problem with a 9 ft table (I 've played on them and though it's much more difficult in potting balls than on an 8 ft, I feel very comfortable on them). I'm sure a 9 ft table would even improve my game and maybe me first choice should be a 9 ft table.

Problem is that I don't want to play alone all the time and I will probably have to play players that don't share my enthousiasm (eventhough I'm certainly not planning on getting a Pro and enter competitions sometime soon) and I want them to enjoy the game aswel. I think a 9 ft table will scare a lot of them of and I want to avoid that.

7 ft is a bit to small for my likings and is a no go so that leaves me with an 8 feet.

I'm only in doubt know that I should be thinking only to myself (and go for the 9 ft) or avoid that others that want to play me, find the 9 ft too big (and go for an 8 ft).
And an oversized is very difficult to find where I'm from so that's a nog go either.

Renegade_56
11-15-2017, 04:42 PM
10 footer with 5" corners.

noMoreSchon
11-15-2017, 09:53 PM
I voted for the nine footer, as is what is in the basement. But for you an eight footer should be fine,
it will make the transition to either a seven or nine seem not as large of a jump. You will have a hard
time finding an eight footer any where you go, so playing on one will be the best for you. Only up one foot for the nine,
down one foot for the seven, I find that contiually jumping from 9 to 7 drives me crazy sometimes...

lorider
11-15-2017, 11:43 PM
When the pool bug bit me I bought an 8 footer. Later on I joined bcapl which played on 7's and then a few months later I joined an in house money league that played on 9's.

Having an 8 ' at home helped me transition from a 7 to 9 every week pretty easily. I believe the size of the 9' intimidates the casual player also.

Mikkes
11-17-2017, 01:19 AM
Here in Germany you are playing league only on 9-footer. So if I have the place for a table, it would be a 9-footer.

Cornerman
11-17-2017, 05:34 AM
I was in a pool halll once, believe it or not, and a couple came in and took the toughest table in the house. They played for about three hours, and they had blast. When they were done, someone (me) told them during casual conversations that they picked the toughest table in the house and that the rest of the tables were much more more forgiving.

Their right response was that they were beginners and sucked either way, and that an easier table would not have mattered. But they were there together having fun on a pool table.

If you're going to get a pool table, get whatever you want for yourself. People will have fun for their own reasons. It sounds like you're forcing them to have fun on your own terms (you'll now have fun on my pool table if and only if I have an 8' soft table). I think you're short changing yourself.

I can give you all sorts of anectodes of friends on my table or at my friends tables. if you really wanted. And can I make simple request for posters? This question deserved answers from people who actually experienced having frienda on their pool table, not theoretical "if I had room for a pool table."

Freddie <~~~ b*tchy today

nj82tj
11-17-2017, 05:45 AM
I voted for 8' because that is what I have in my basement. If I had more room I would have a 9' table for sure. 7' tables are ok, but I tend to feel a little cramped on them.

Type79
11-17-2017, 05:55 AM
I was in a pool halll once, believe it or not, and a couple came in and took the toughest table in the house. They played for about three hours, and they had blast. When they were done, someone (me) told them during casual conversations that they picked the toughest table in the house and that the rest of the tables were much more more forgiving.

Their right response was that they were beginners and sucked either way, and that an easier table would not have mattered. But they were there together having fun on a pool table.

If you're going to get a pool table, get whatever you want for yourself. People will have fun for their own reasons. It sounds like you're forcing them to have fun on your own terms (you'll now have fun on my pool table if and only if I have an 8' soft table). I think you're short changing yourself.

I can give you all sorts of anectodes of friends on my table or at my friends tables. if you really wanted. And can I make simple request for posters? This question deserved answers from people who actually experienced having frienda on their pool table, not theoretical "if I had room for a pool table."

Freddie <~~~ b*tchy today

My feelings as well. I watch people, inexperienced players and beginners, at the pool hall playing for fun and honestly they often appear to have a better time than some of the serious players.

As for table size if room size is not an issue, I can't vote because there is no option for a 10' table and I am being completely serious.