Ball Size - What a Difference

HomeBrewer

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Goofy thread to start, but I found my old set of Aramiths I used to play English Billiards when I lived in New Zealand and Australia for a few years.

Threw 'em on the Gabriels and WOW, what a difference! I sure didn't think they were so small at the time I was using them every day ...
 

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KissedOut

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Goofy thread to start, but I found my old set of Aramiths I used to play English Billiards when I lived in New Zealand and Australia for a few years.

Threw 'em on the Gabriels and WOW, what a difference! I sure didn't think they were so small at the time I was using them every day ...

English billiards is played on what we now call a snooker table but originally was just called, by the English, a billiard table, so I always assumed that the ball size for English billiards was the same as snooker. And if so, yeah, the size difference with carom balls is huge.
 

HomeBrewer

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Yeah, you're 100% that they are snooker-sized and used on a snooker table.

I didn't mention it but should have.
 

KissedOut

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Yeah, you're 100% that they are snooker-sized and used on a snooker table.

I didn't mention it but should have.

Snooker balls have a diameter of 52.5 mm while carom balls are 61.5 mm. So a carom ball is 17% bigger, as measured by diameter. But even more, since volume is proportional to the cube of the radius, assuming they are both made of materials with same density, a carom ball's weight will be about 60% more than the snooker ball.
 
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