Jump to content
IGNORED

The Pool/Billiards Topic


Recommended Posts

A thread for the cue sport enthusiasts.

I know we have some pretty serious players here, and likely many more that enjoy the game casually.  In my experience, most golfers are better than average pool players having well developed hand/eye coordination and a somewhat intuitive feel for geometry and physics as they relate to each.

Anything goes.  Equipment, rules, league/tournament play, poolrooms, etc...

 

I’ve been playing since I was 12 or so.  I play in one serious league and one “kiddy” league.  The latter is just an excuse to get out one night a week, but fun nonetheless.  It’s also a little refreshing to play with some guys who think I’m a pool stud, rather than with those who know otherwise.  I’ll play just about any game, but 9-ball or 10-ball are my favorites.  9’ tables over bar boxes, given the choice.   As with golf, after all this time, you’d think that I would be better, but alas...   :8)

Like golf, I enjoy the occasional tournament and have long ago gotten over any issues with getting beat by people much better than I am.  Like golf, I do find that tournament play and pressure improves my every day play significantly.  A $5 game of 9-ball with buddies doesn’t cause much stress compared to playing a highly ranked player with dozens of people watching.

Finally, because as in golf, we love our gear, my Chris Nitti custom...

 

C5EF7956-3727-4823-BF7B-3E2CFA40A69B.jpeg

C0969ED0-6530-4877-921E-A2AEF5A180A0.jpeg

Edited by David in FL
Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

  • Replies 56
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

Hold on to your butts! This is going to be a bit of a long post. A bit of back story: So I started playing pool over at my grandma's house when I was about 11 years old (1999). Most of my mom's s

Good job.  That has to be the longest post I've ever thoroughly enjoyed reading.  

Before. Could find ay over the pocket picks.   This is my 9 foot olhausen. Was a tournament table out east in the early 2000s I would guess. A guy in portsmouth Ohio had three of them and I

Posted Images

I had a decent McDermott back in the day. Think it was a ‘Stinger’ series. Unfortunately it was broken in a rather entertaining bar brawl in Texas. I played a lot in my 20’s....been a long time. I remember watching Mosconi vs Fats on TV. 

Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

6 hours ago, Vinsk said:

I had a decent McDermott back in the day. Think it was a ‘Stinger’ series. Unfortunately it was broken in a rather entertaining bar brawl in Texas. I played a lot in my 20’s....been a long time. I remember watching Mosconi vs Fats on TV. 

McDermott still makes a pretty damn good cue.

Like several top production cue makers, made in Wisconsin!

Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

22 minutes ago, billchao said:

I used to love playing pool and I was terrible at it. I think I played twice in the past three years.

You’d probably do better if the felt was thick, wet and torn up.😀

Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

  • Moderator
3 minutes ago, Vinsk said:

You’d probably do better if the felt was thick, wet and torn up.😀

Maybe stick a tree on the table, too. Then I'd be right at home 😜

Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

  • iacas changed the title to The Pool/Billiards Topic
  • Moderator

Is 9 ball what most people play? Or 8 ball? I lived in Canada for a bit so I like snooker. It was weird coming back to the smaller tables. 

Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

  • Moderator
16 minutes ago, nevets88 said:

Is 9 ball what most people play? Or 8 ball? I lived in Canada for a bit so I like snooker. It was weird coming back to the smaller tables. 

I prefer 9-ball. I used to watch some snooker but never played it.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

59 minutes ago, nevets88 said:

Is 9 ball what most people play?

I tend to prefer 9-ball. Just a faster game. If there are three people we'll play cut throat. If we have four then we do 8-ball with teams. 

Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

(edited)
3 hours ago, iacas said:

The Weblog of Erik J. Barzeski

My cues (just one photo for here, more at the link above):

18.jpg

Bob makes a nice cue!  
 

Good to know that you helped with the AZB site too!   :beer:

3 hours ago, nevets88 said:

Is 9 ball what most people play? Or 8 ball? I lived in Canada for a bit so I like snooker. It was weird coming back to the smaller tables. 

I just got in tonight from playing snooker.  Great game, and enormously difficult.  Many times more so than pool on a 9’ table!  It’s tough to find tables though.  A 12’x6’ table takes up a LOT of room!

For perspective, the guy shooting here is 6’1” tall.  The tables next to it are full sized 9 footers...

 

4E40D49C-6BD9-432F-BC43-0751CC882BEF.jpeg

Edited by David in FL
Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

  • Moderator

I used to play some but haven't in years. I am currently building a shop and plan on putting one in the shop along with a golf sim

  • Upvote 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

  • Moderator
8 hours ago, TN94z said:

I used to play some but haven't in years. I am currently building a shop and plan on putting one in the shop along with a golf sim

I'd love to have a shop where I can install a pool table and a golf sim, too. Just wouldn't know where I'd put any tools 😜

  • Upvote 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Many years ago I played four or five nights a week. I was single and living in an apartment complex in Houston at a time when some of the apartment clubhouses were hot nightlife spots. I had a Balabushka cue (replica, not original) and my late brother and I made up an almost unbeatable rotation (and drinking LOL) team. I got married and settled down and barely played after that. My brother kept at it. He later converted a garage into a pool room. I haven't played in years.

Link to post
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, billchao said:

I'd love to have a shop where I can install a pool table and a golf sim, too. Just wouldn't know where I'd put any tools 😜

Honey, I’m going out to work in the shop...  :-D

3 minutes ago, commishbob said:

Many years ago I played four or five nights a week. I was single and living in an apartment complex in Houston at a time when some of the apartment clubhouses were hot nightlife spots. I had a Balabushka cue (replica, not original) and my late brother and I made up an almost unbeatable rotation (and drinking LOL) team. I got married and settled down and barely played after that. My brother kept at it. He later converted a garage into a pool room. I haven't played in years.

It’s not quite “like riding a bike”, but it’ll come back to you if you give it a chance...  :beer:

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

22 minutes ago, David in FL said:

It’s not quite “like riding a bike”, but it’ll come back to you if you give it a chance...  :beer:

Probably so. It would be hard to convince my wife to go along, though. She was never a fan of the places I played (other than my brothers house) 😉  Heck, I wasn't a fan of some of those places myself. It would have to be at a Dave and Busters or something like that.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Bummer I caught this so late in the evening. I'll have a nice photo dump tomorrow with cues and tables, and some stories to go along with perhaps.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

(edited)
27 minutes ago, Bonvivant said:

Bummer I caught this so late in the evening. I'll have a nice photo dump tomorrow with cues and tables, and some stories to go along with perhaps.

I was wondering where you were!  :beer:

Edited by David in FL
  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.



  • Want to join this community?

    We'd love to have you!

    Sign Up
  • Support TST Affiliates

    TourStriker PlaneMate
    Golfer's Journal
    Whoop
    SuperSpeed
    FlightScope Mevo
    Use the code "iacas" for 10% off Mevo and the code "iacasfeb21" for 10% off SuperSpeed.
  • Posts

    • I guess when I wrote this would you rather I didn't realize how actually depressing either option would be. I was just thinking and wondering if my best golf was in front of me or behind me? It's the kinda shit you wonder about when you are a man of a certain age. Anyhow, I thought it was a tough question. Because I do truly feel like I'm getting better at golf. I also feel like going forward I'm going to play a lot more golf. Having written that, I no longer get to play with my dad and those are some memories I really cherish. I've had two holes in one, but to be honest those aren't in my top 10 golf memories. Don't get me wrong it's really f-ing cool to hit a hole in one. But for me its more about the people I've played with than the golf itself.  If I had to pick I think I'd take all of the memories I have. But again, it's a tough choice. If my old man's health was better I'd take memories going forward, because I'm always optimistic that the next shot or next round or next season could be the greatest one ever. 
    • Day 491: Started off with Covid-19 practice plan flow drills. Flow is something I start to leave out of my full swing motion when I start focusing on other elements, so I try to do some recentering/flow work every full swing session. Next moved on Covid-19 day-2 drill for shoulder turn/pitch. Then rehearsed a bunch of exaggerated shoulder turns with a club. Then did this exaggerated shoulder turn/backswing while hitting 9-3 chippy 7-irons. Finally took out my Mevo and hit full swing 7-irons without feeling the exaggeration, but used Mevo to make sure swing speed stayed below 85 mph, and track launch angle.
    • Chambers is still requiring players to park at the practice facility and walk up to the first tee. At least the grill and other facilities remain open even if Pierce County went back to phase 2.
    • Birdied 7 and 12, and 7 is new. Completely lucky to chip in on both of them. Thinned the shot on 7, hit the flagstick, and it dropped in. 🙂 Just lucky to have it roll in on 12.
    • Day 7 (4/21/21): Grip and posture. A6 position mirror work.
  • Today's Birthdays

    1. GingerNinja
      GingerNinja
      (44 years old)
    2. GolfFitGuru
      GolfFitGuru
      (46 years old)

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Welcome to TST! Signing up is free, and you'll see fewer ads and can talk with fellow golf enthusiasts! By using TST, you agree to our Terms of Use, our Privacy Policy, and our Guidelines.

The popup will be closed in 10 seconds...