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We know darn well, that pool is not a perfect game.
Give me a break, CJ.
Is your question merely for the sake of self-promotion again?
Eddie Robin's book winning one pocket covers this. The cushion nose to cushion nose of a 1x2 ratio might not have been the best choice. Neither are where the diamonds are placed. The reason is if you follow the center of the ball (the gully line) it does not measure 1x2 like the cushion to cushion measurement does.
Most intermediate to professional players use English to pocket balls and achieve cb position.
Saying pool is mathematically correct doesn't do the game justice. There's far more to pool than math.
Exactly. And one could argue that the correct ratio between length and width is the golden ratio (as discussed by Donald Duck with his 3-cushion lesson). Here's a bet to win drinks with: the distance traveled up and down the table of a "nine foot" table is much closer to 8 feet than 9.
Snooker tables, on the other hand, do not measure twice as long as wide from nose to nose.
I'm still trying to figure out if the late rain will hurt the rhubarb -- mildew, don't you know.
Not only because of the two squares creating a rectangle, which in turn allow many triangles to form (when you take into account banks, ball pocketing, jump shots, combinations, caroms, masse's and position play, etc.) - also because of the straight line of the cue AND the perfect spherical shape of the balls. If any of these factors were missing from the game I don't think it would be complete and correct - that's pretty darn impressive!
I used to think pool was math and geometry when I started.
But the more I play, the more it feels like pool is about physics.
All the geometric stuff that looks perfect "on paper" doesn't go as planned due to physics.
Balls undercut a hair due to throw. Kicks don't exit the rail at the same angle they entered.
All systems involving 2 and 3 rails need adjustment for the natural roll lengthening the angles.
Banks resist most systems because they're so speed dependant and the rails vary across tables.
And so much of pool is mushy intangible stuff like mood, confidence, etc.