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Your thoughts please: Does size matter? - 04-11-2007, 08:28 AM

Straight poolers,

I have had an 8' x 4' table at home for over a year now and my game has come on leaps and bounds since I started playing 14.1.

I'm considering upgrading to a 9' table because even after I play well I keep telling myself "let's see if you would be so good on a regulation table", which leads me to ask you all:

-> How much harder is Straight Pool on a 9' table compared to an 8' table?

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04-11-2007, 08:42 AM

It's a double-edged sword. On the one hand, its easier because the balls are the same size but there's more room for them to spread. Therefore less clusters and traffic. On the other hand, the cue ball has farther to travel, shots are longer, reaching is more difficult. So...


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04-11-2007, 10:47 AM

From my limited experience it appears that is this the most challenging aspect of 14.1:

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...less clusters and traffic.
...and that this is less of an issue for advanced players:

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...the cue ball has farther to travel, shots are longer, reaching is more difficult.
Which leads me to think that the upgrade to 9' will, on the one hand, lead to more runs ending early due to the cue ball having to travel further, but on the other may actually yield an improvement to my high run number (currently 29).

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04-11-2007, 12:28 PM

Nothing wrong with getting your chops down on the 8 footer , learning your patterns and things , but if you ever wanted to play in a tournament it will most likely be on 9 ft. tables , there is a difference to be reckoned with , the cue ball has to travel farther when playing position , shots are longer , if you are thinking of serious play you have to think 9 footer.


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04-11-2007, 02:49 PM

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Straight poolers,

I have had an 8' x 4' table at home for over a year now and my game has come on leaps and bounds since I started playing 14.1.

I'm considering upgrading to a 9' table because even after I play well I keep telling myself "let's see if you would be so good on a regulation table", which leads me to ask you all:

-> How much harder is Straight Pool on a 9' table compared to an 8' table?

Cheers fellas

Arctic
Arctic, I am old school and in my opinion the larger the table the better. When I was playing seriously I use to play most games on a Snooker table with a 2 1/4th inch balls. This to some people is torture, however it will give you confidences on any other table you play on once you dial it in for speed.

For 14-1, I think that for practice and play whether on a 8ft or 9ft table you should have tighter pockets. I would recommend 4 1/2 pockets, for all games, especially 14-1. This will increase your skill a great deal long term, and it will also make playing other places much easier because most tables today have 5 inch plus pockets which will seem like buckets to you.

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04-12-2007, 10:56 AM

Thanks for the replies guys - all good stuff. I'll keep you updated with how I do.
  
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04-12-2007, 11:13 AM

I'm with manwon on this one. It wouldn't hurt to upgrade to a 9 footer, but I'm of the opinion that it's probably not neccessary, considering the cost, etc. I have an 8 foot and don't have the money or room for a 9 footer. I am considering finding a fairly cheap way to tighten the pockets a bit.


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04-12-2007, 02:39 PM

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I'm with manwon on this one. It wouldn't hurt to upgrade to a 9 footer, but I'm of the opinion that it's probably not neccessary, considering the cost, etc. I have an 8 foot and don't have the money or room for a 9 footer. I am considering finding a fairly cheap way to tighten the pockets a bit.
The next time you have the table recovered have the Mechanic tighten up your pockets. They can do it by increasing the thickness of the pocket facing. Just make sure they do not change the angle of the opening.


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04-12-2007, 02:47 PM

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The next time you have the table recovered have the Mechanic tighten up your pockets. They can do it by increasing the thickness of the pocket facing. Just make sure they do not change the angle of the opening.
That ain't gonna happen for a while. I'm an unemployed full time college student, going to school courtesy of the government's policy of retraining/educating former textile workers.
But thanks for the suggestion.


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04-12-2007, 07:41 PM

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For 14-1, I think that for practice and play whether on a 8ft or 9ft table you should have tighter pockets. I would recommend 4 1/2 pockets, for all games, especially 14-1. This will increase your skill a great deal long term, and it will also make playing other places much easier because most tables today have 5 inch plus pockets which will seem like buckets to you.
I think that is really the secret. I only have room for an 8 footer in my house, but I constantly play with pocket reducers. As long as I put in a lot of time on a tight table transitioning to the bigger table really isn't a problem IMHO.


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Try a 5x10 on for size .....
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Try a 5x10 on for size ..... - 04-12-2007, 09:26 PM

Back in the Day ... 1950's - 1960's ... We played 14-1 on 5x10's most of the time ... I can't even see that far nowadays, let alone make a clean shot all the way down the table ... That said, I really prefer the 4.5 x 9 footers for ALL games (except Caroms & Snooker, of course) ... I also play a lot of One-Pocket and the longer tables prove to be a greater adversary on the long shots ...
I just can't warm-up to 4x8's and 3.5x7's but a lot folks are limited to those sizes due to square footage constraints in their homes ...
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04-12-2007, 10:50 PM

I think a 5 by 9 is easier because the pockets are bigger and since the table is bigger, there is less of a chance you over run position.

I have a 4 by 8 table and the pockets are tight tight tight because it's a old table that i fixed up and well when i play on a 5 by 9 i can see all the difference in the world on how easier it is.
  
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04-12-2007, 11:15 PM

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I think a 5 by 9 is easier because the pockets are bigger and since the table is bigger, there is less of a chance you over run position.

I have a 4 by 8 table and the pockets are tight tight tight because it's a old table that i fixed up and well when i play on a 5 by 9 i can see all the difference in the world on how easier it is.
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04-15-2007, 12:59 AM

I think it is significantly harder on a 9 foot table. I've played a lot of straight pool on both sizes and the shots are so easy to make on an 8-footer for me. Clusters really are not much of an issue. I would definitely recommend going to a 9-footer if you are serious about pool.
  
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