Pros and cons of buying a valley 7FT for the house

ghindi7

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I got a good deal on a nice non coin op valley 7ft bar box. Will it negatively effect my game on 9 footers?
 

ArizonaPete

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I have a 7 foot bar box on my patio with Simonis 860HR and Ridgeback rails. Plays great. I have a monthly 8 ball tournament played on a 9 foot Big G Gandy. Doesn't affect my game at all. True, the long shots on a 7 foot table are easier but all the angles and cuts are the same on either table. I enjoy my 7 foot table more than the 9 footer but if possible I would have had a 9 foot Diamond or GC installed in my living room (my wife said: "over my dead body!"). I wouldn't worry about it, buy the Valley and enjoy...
 

Slow Eddie

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If you mostly play on 9-foot tables, then for the home table:

9 ft > 7 ft > no table at all.

IMHO.
 

mvp

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your safeties will become easy to do and become easier to spot.
 

TX Poolnut

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I have found that having a home table is an easy way to justify dropping out of league play and just do the occasional tournament. It's a big expenditure upfront, but my table has paid for itself in this way.
 

ghindi7

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Thanks for the input, the table is going in my garage which is 20 x 15, but I have all my garage type stuff in there, lawn mower, full size fridge filled with beer, bikes, and things... So I would like to still have more moving around space with the smaller table.
 

Frankenstroke

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One pocket and straight pool practice doesn't translate to a 7 foot table. You are kinda limited to 8 ball, 9 ball, and banks. And banks on a small table feel much different than on a 9 footer.
 

DAVE_M

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As mentioned above, if you don't bother playing 1P or 14.1, then a 7 footer is fine. If it's all you can fit, go for it. I'd prefer a 9ft diamond, but space is always the key. I'd get a 7ft diamond over the valley.
 

TSW

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You can play 14.1 on a 7 footer. It's a bit of a different game though. Lot more clusters; no long shots. In my experience you have to have a really tight cue ball to avoid getting hooked, especially around/behind the rack. So that's good practice.

Can't speak to 1P.
 

ghindi7

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I would love to be able to get a diamond table, but they seem both harder to find used an much more expensive. I'm loping a good condition valley for 400... Hard to beat a price like that.
 
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