Beginning of Consistency in Playing Pool

The pre-shot routine is a much talked and written about phenomenon in the game of golf, and as important as it is in golf, it is in playing pool.

An effective pre-shot routine leads to consistency in your game and successful results over and over again. There are plenty of items on your physical checklist to take care of in a short amount of time and if you’ll need a solid mental pre-shot routine as well, to keep you focused on the task at hand which is getting both the object ball and cue ball to go and land where you want.

Clear thinking presides over all of it. Know with clarity what you are working to accomplish on every shot. That being said, build in clear thinking to your routine. This could be classified as (pre)-pre-shot routine. Thinking over your strategy, even if it’s just a visual glance of the table to see the pattern so that you know with confidence what your first shot will be, is critical to winning pool matches consistently, and against tough opponents. To keep them in the chair, get clear on your game strategy.

Once you’ve decided on a shot, know get clear on that

Right on Cue! – The History of the Cue Stick

sdxCue stick, billiard stick, shorty cue, jump stick. Every wonder how the cue stick got its name?


In the 15th century outdoor ball and stick games ( e.g. golf, croquet) evolved into indoor ball and stick games. Players used an item similar to a golf club called a mace. A mace was similar to a golf club with a long cylindrical body and a flat wide foot. It was used to shove the balls around on the table rather than striking a ball. Players however found difficulty when the balls were up against the rail cushion; they improvised and turned around the mace and used the tail end to strike the ball. The name cue actually comes from the French word “queue” meaning tail-end.

By 1800, the cue was being used by only “skilled players”. Novice players were required to still use the mace because the skilled players felt that the novices would miscue and inadvertently damage the cloth.

Types: There are many types of cues; the one piece cue, the shorty cue, the two piece cue, the three-piece cue and even a four piece cue. The

Rack Em’ Up! The History of the Billiard Ball

sxxWhat are billiard balls made of? What do the numbers mean on them? Why are some colored a solid color, yet some have a stripe? Why are some bigger than others? How does a cue ball know where to go on a coin operated pool table? Amazing how many questions you can come up with regarding a simple billiard ball?


So let’s start off with the history of the billiard ball. The billiard ball dates back into the early 15th Century however it unknown exactly when the billiard table and billiard balls were actually invented. There are reports back as early as mid to late 1400’s of King Louis XI owning the first billiard table. The Duke of Norfolk is also said to have owned a billiard table along with the first documentation of owning billiard balls.

The earliest balls were made of wood. As the years went on different materials were being used to make them. Clay was popular, but a highly sought after material in the 19th Century was ivory. Elephants were being slaughtered at an alarming rate due to the high demand for

All You Need To Know About Pool Tables

kdddddCue sports are challenging, interesting and addictive. Like activities that force us to use hand-eye coordination and strategy, they remain one of the most popular sports ever to be invented.

Several categories of cue sports exist with pool, billiards and snooker being top examples. Though all share core similarities such as the use of balls and tables, they have distinct differences as well. In pool, six pockets, table dimensions ranging from 7 feet to 9 feet, and a bed that must be made of slate measuring no less than an inch thick (according to WPA regulations) are the key characteristics.

Pool table prices vary from a few hundred dollars to over $5,000 and beyond. It’s widely agreed that the more expensive the table, the better a player’s performance. However, price alone isn’t the deciding factor and there are several attributes one must examine.

Bed materials

A pool table’s bed can be made of three materials – slate, wood slate and slate core. Slate, as we know, is solid rock. High-end tables always use it. It doesn’t warp even after years of use and is extremely level. Much depends

Low Vs. High Quality in Billiards

dsaPool Ball Rack

Low End

-Plastic and wood racks bend, bow and splinter- You also have to replace more often

-Wear the cloth which makes you have to change your pool table cloth more often resulting in more money spent

-These racks are not tight or consistent

-No warranty

-Does not rack all games- you need different racks for this.

High End (DELTA-13)

-Name brand recognition

-Last rack you will have to purchase

-Identifying undersized balls for a tight and consistent rack

-Change the cloth less often on pool table

-Easier to rack

-More money up front, but saves you money in the future

-Stands out between the color choices and the personalized engraving

-Limited lifetime warranty

-Racks all games

Pool Cues

Low End

-Production run

-More frequently seen around

-Finishes wear easily, wood warps and grips unravel

-Bad tip quality

High End

-Name is associated with high quality materials


-Wood variety and low deflection shafts

-Hold their value

-Better comfort and feel which makes for a better performance

-Ability to break and jump with higher end cues


Low End

-Wrap quality low- break and scratch easily

-Messy application

-Easy to mis-cue

High End

-Name brand recognition

-Fine chalk for a soft, smooth and efficient application

-Higher wrap quality

-Reduces mis-cue significantly

-Chalk stays on cue tip longer, so you do not

Should Dart Flights Be A Part Of A Game Room

newWith each passing generation, living quarters have shrunk in size and to this effect, dedicating a particular room to games is a luxury that most families are unable to afford. But if you are a gaming enthusiast who is in favor of creating a game room within your residence, then all you need to do is chalk out a viable plan and fulfill your ambition without burning a deep hole in your pocket. Building a game room from scratch might seem like a mammoth task but can turn out to be fun if planned out beforehand.

One of the best ways of building a game room for you and your friends entails closing your eyes and envisioning what it should appear like. Next, it is time to make a list of equipment that the game room should have in order to be attractive as also comfortable. While much of the attraction can be accounted for by installing various indoor games like pool, dart, chess and so on, the comfort level can be enhanced by adding a bar with stools and just enough furniture for people

Buying Cues Is Easier With These Guidelines On Your Fingertips

fingOne of the best ways to overcome stress generated by a modern hectic lifestyle entails indulging in sports and billiards is a popular choice after a hard day’s work. However, like any other sport, a game of billiards can be truly enjoyed only when the playing equipment, meaning the table, balls and most importantly cues, is of premium quality. Suppose you wish to set up your own personal billiards facility, a fact that you would soon have to face is that amongst all equipment, shopping for cues is definitely the trickiest part.

Cues are available in a wide spectrum of prices and while some may cost less than $10, others could be expensive enough to burn a large hole in your wallet. That said, it is not necessary that a higher price tag translates into a good cue and this is the reason why you, as a buyer, should be educated to the point of being able to distinguish between the different grades. By and large the outcome is dependent on the process of manufacture as also the craftsmanship of the maker and hence varies

Give Your Kids The Gift Of Pool

s222Pool/Billiards is a great game! It can be enjoyed at the highest skill levels right down to the first time player, and every skill level in between. It’s a game that can be played by mothers and fathers with sons and daughters for a lifetime.

The game will begin to get more enjoyable to play the more you improve. It’s really fun when you can run a few balls and be able to strategically move the cue ball around the table. Fortunately for the beginner, they’ll start to see dramatic improvement with a little practice.

But what about the younger kids? They want to play too. Shouldn’t they also be able enjoy the game?

Does this sound familiar:

You’re invited to a family gathering at a home that has a pool table. At some point the cover comes off and a game breaks out. Soon people are picking partners, playing pool and having a good time.

And then the kids want to get involved. They see you’re having fun, and they want to play too.

You don’t want to exclude them, but the fact is, as soon as young

Guide To Stanley Cup Rings

lemA Stanley Cup ring is an annual award in the National Hockey League (NHL) and is given to the team that wins the Stanley Cup finals. In addition to the players being given the ring, the ring is also given to scouts, executives, coaches and other staff members. While the NHL is popular, it’s not for everyone. If you don’t have an opportunity of participating in it there is no reason why you can’t have the ring with you. There are many vintage and replica rings in the market that you can go for. You can buy them for yourself or for a friend.

Guide to choosing a Stanley Cup ring

When buying the ring for yourself or friend there are many factors that you need to consider. These factors include:

Authentic or replicas: You can either go for authentic or replica rings. The difference between the two is the price and availability. Authentic cup rings go for thousands of dollars and are made from diamond or gold. Since they are made in limited quantities, they are difficult to find. Replicas on the other hand are easy

Hockey Greats Three Players to Know

sfIce hockey is a North American sport that is descended from a similar European sport. Like American football and baseball, it took root in the new world and became more popular than its ancestor. The official birth of the game dates back to Montreal, Canada in 1875 where it was played on a rink the same size as the ones used today. In over a century of competition, many titans of the game have ascended and dominated to take their place in the pantheon of greats. These three titans stand out among all the other luminaries as the best to ever lace up a pair of skates.

Wayne Gretzky

You don’t get the nickname “the great one” for nothing. Wayne Gretzky isn’t the Michael Jordan of Hockey, Michael Jordan is the Wayne Gretzky of basketball. He dominated his sport like few other athletes. Gretzky notched over 200 points (goals plus assists) in a single season in four separate years; no other player has done it once. He won the Stanley Cup four times and was named most valuable player a staggering nine times. When he was

5 Unconventional Hockey Jersey Styles

cdsAs some of us know as hockey fans, we definitely have our favourite team and we definitely have our favourite jersey.

How some of us view or make use of our jerseys are sometimes very different from each other.

Some of us are very happy with just getting our favourite team’s home jersey with no name on the back. They just show support for the team they’re cheering for. Some of us want the authentic-cut jersey that the players wear on the ice; that’s if you’re a hardcore fan.

It doesn’t matter how you wear it, it doesn’t matter when you wear it, all what matters is that you’re doing it for the game that you love and nothing else.

On occasion, you might see a jersey and think; “Hey, that is an interesting design.” Someone may post a picture of it on the internet and it might get some buzz on social media. Some of you might stop scrolling and take a good look at it and give it a quick like. Some of you may look a little more into it and find out the jerseys

5 Reasons Why The NHL Stadium Series and Winter Classics Are So Great

jhfs99% of the time that we see NHL games live-streamed on our mobile device or your television, they take place indoors in an arena where you have the technology to make the perfect ice and great crowd atmosphere. It also provides protection from rain, snow, warm temperatures plus freezing temperatures. But wait. Protection from snow and freezing temperatures? Yea it seems counter intuitive doesn’t it? After all, the game of hockey was first played outside shortly after it was invented. Before the National Hockey League existed games were already played indoors. It was to accommodate the fans, maintain ice conditions, avoid legal troubles and so on.

If true hockey fans had it their way, every game would be outside but unfortunately Florida and Carolina almost never get freezing temperatures and most of the snow will melt in Canada once playoffs start.

Basically, reality stinks so we have to improvise.

It was decided that hockey needed to go back to its roots like how it was first played in the 1800’s on a small patch of ice where a group of geniuses decided it was a great idea

Why Playing Online Games Is Beneficial

y67The appeal of online games has never been more popular today than it was a few decades ago. Thanks to an ever increase in access to the internet and constant development in visuals and graphics with realistic features, online gaming is here to stay. In fact, research shows that one in every five internet user visits gaming sites and this number will steadily increase in the next few years as game developers use more advanced technological equipment to make games even more realistic. Although some people may claim that playing online games can be harmful, there are some health benefits with playing games online.

Boosting Memory and Cognitive Development

Games available in the internet are not exclusive, meaning that, players have access to a variety of games. One type of game is that can actually help boost your memory and develop your cognitive skills. We all know that humans normally do not use 100% of their brain function and if one does, often only one side is often used. Puzzles, trivia, logics and other problem solving games help improve brain function and this is not only

Car Parking Games You Should Play And Tips On How To Play Them

kiysCar parking games are popular with kids, but you can also use them to learn how to park properly. To help you out here are some of the best car parking games that you should consider playing:

Valet Parking pro

In this game you are said to be a casino valet and you must park and turn the cars without damaging them. The game comes in different levels and you have to complete each level at a given timeframe. For every level that you proceed to you have more cars. The parking spaces also become tight.

The navigation keys to use are arrows to direct the car and the space bar to brake. In addition to having fun, the game will also teach you how to safely park in tighter spaces.

Drivers Ed

In addition to parking, this game also exposes you to other areas of driving including taking turns.

The game is more of training than a game as you have to perfectly master a given move after which you should take a test. To proceed to the next course you must pass the test.

Just like in Valet Parking

The Next Generation Console Tomb Raider

btdThe Definitive addition of Tomb Raider has elevated a classic video game into the proverbial model of the 2016 game changer. The remastering of this video game on the Next Generation console has re-introduced this classic video game to a whole new generation, all the while still captivating veteran gamers. The effects are now in HD which makes the adventures more exciting and almost lifelike. The modifications to the weapons are ten times more powerful than the originals. The bow and arrows alone have changed the overall dynamic of her arsenal.

Gaming with Smith’s main objective is to help players transition from the original adventure into the explosive playing field of the new one. The character’s movements are completely different although a lot of the weaponry has changed. One of the goal’s accomplished by Gaming with Smith is the direction and explanation of the majority of these character movement’s. Once a gamer, has learned the basics, the transition is not only easier but the rewards and so much more gratifying than the original.

Tomb Raider will forever be a video game classic. Now with the addition

Dota 2 Vs Heroes of the Storm Vs League of Legends

utThis is not something new, you can Google and find a great deal of same topics such as; Dota 2 vs LoL, Dota 2 vs Heroes of the Storm, HoS vs LoL… etc.

But most of the people don’t like reading long paragraphs just to learn a small amount of information… I am among them! I don’t like word salads about such topics so I will cut to the chase and I will try to make it as short and useful as possible.

First, you need to understand that these 3 games are very different from each other despite being in the same genre: MOBA. And these 3 MOBA games are perfectly fun and they are the most popular ones of their genre. And thus, it is so very normal that you love 1 of them much more than other 2. However, it’s not normal to trash talk about other 2 you don’t like as much as your favorite. Don’t do it! You seem like a moron when you do that so stop it for your own good!

Don’t even read paragraphs starting like: “This is the

Truth About Online Games

somOne thing which never seems to die down will be the hype created by online games. Many might think that the fever of online games has died down but they couldn’t have been more wrong. In fact, online games are most popular today in comparison to what they were a few decades ago. The undying appeal for the virtual world of gaming is at a constant up rise. Due to the advancements in technology, the graphics, quality of visuals and sounds, have drastically increased in every capacity, simply pulling more fans into its area of influence. The access to the internet has also increased the number of people who can access these games in the very first place. The realistic sense of the virtual world, which we refer to as the world of gaming, simply plunges every person into its orbit. This in turns them into obsessive fans to this illusionary, yet very surreal world which is under their control and power.

When coming down to online games, over the years, they have seemed to have gained unparalleled followers unlike any other. As mentioned before

Taking You Through The World Of Ben 10

vffIf its Barbie dolls and Dora, the Explorer for girls, its Ben 10 that sways your little boy’s imaginative world. There have been dozens of cartoon characters, but the Ben 10 series is one that’s been running for long.

Ben 10 was launched as a TV series in 2008 (North America) and 2009 (United Kingdom). It was created by Man of Action Studio and produced by Cartoon Network Studios. The televised cartoon series centers on the life of 10-year old Ben Tennyson and his adventures in life.

Ben and the Omnitrix

The Omnitrix is the focus of the series. It is a mysterious watch-like device that grants the wearer the power to transform into 10 alien characters. Ben discovers the Omnitrix in a pod in the woods and thereafter wears it on his arm. He selects the alien silhouette by turning the face of the Omnitrix and transforms into a particular alien character by pushing the face down.

He is the good guy who repeatedly morphs himself into various alien characters, taking on missions and fighting the bad guys. He uses it to prevent disasters, fight off villains

Play Online Flash Games For An Entire Day Of Gaming Fun

ewThe internet has improved our lives in more ways than we can imagine. It has brought the world closer with its wide variety of communication media. It has revolutionized the way business is conducted. Not only this, by providing movies, music and games on demand, you can ensure you will never get bored.

There’s no shortage of PC games on the internet. But the problem with many is that you have to pay to play those games. If you are unwilling to do it, you can only play a limited version of maybe an hour.

Online flash games are quite popular today and are a great alternative to their paid counterparts. They are free to play as they earn through advertisements. They are rich in graphics, sound quality and game strategies. There are fun and captivating games for adults and children alike. There are real-time games as well. For instance, some farming or cooking games follow the 24 hour time cycle when it comes to raising a particular crop or preparing a dish.

Educative too!

Talking about playing online flash games, we only consider the entertain value. But

How to Get a Game Server Hosted

s2First of all what are game server providers, GSPs, and why do I need one? If, like me, you love playing games with your other online gaming buddies you generally play together online. You and your team need a playground that will provide the online space for you to. How and where does all that information get processed? There are two main methods.

The first is peer to peer. Peer to peer is a well established protocol of information sharing between willing computers. In the case of online computer games this is where one computer acts as the host (master computer if you like) and all other players’ computers send their information to the master. This gives the player hosting the game a slight advantage in response time or lower ping and of course once that player leaves the game the server no longer exists as it was dependent on his connection, historically this has been referred to as a ‘listen server’.

Dedicated Servers. Some games companies like Activision and EA provide their own online “official” or “ranked” dedicated servers where they have their own machines