Set Up A Pool Table
Every run-of-the-mill pool shark knows how to set up a pool table. In the game of "billiards", the pool table serves as the field of play for in-game activity. The ability to master and design shots that conform to the layout of the pool table is essential to any champion's game. Enough chit-chat, let's set up a pool table to professional standards, shall we?
To set up a pool table you will need these:
- Pool table with pockets (Standard size)
- Pool cues
- Pool balls (full set)
- Triangle pool rack
- Pool brush (optional)
- Unpack the pool table. For those who have already installed their pool table, go ahead and skip these first few steps. Billiards tables usually come in 6', 7', and 8' standard sizes. You'll need a room big enough to house this with enough playing room for pool cues and players.
- Assemble the table. Your pool table should be installed by professional movers and assemblers. An injury is no fun, so do not cut corners on this one. Read the manual fully, as each table is different, but usually the legs lock into the top of the table in an orderly fashion.
- Clear the area. Your billiards tabletop should have no obstructions on it. For this reason many people choose to buy an optional horsehair brush for their table(s). A small, handheld vacuum should routinely be used to suck up small debris.
- Rack the balls. Set the triangle pool rack (or diamond, if you are playing such a game) on the felt. Place the pool balls in one by one, alternating "solid" and striped" colors all the way around. The 8-ball should be in the center of the rack.
- Line up the rack. Your pool rack should be lined up with the table's "apex". The apex is the spot that marks one quarter of the table's length, and your triangle should be pointing towards the other 3/4. Line the first ball on the triangle (the tip) up on the apex and slowly lift up the rack.
- Shoot. The first shot on a game of 8 or 9-ball should take place on the exact opposite side of the apex. The initial shot can't be closer than the 1/4 mark on the opposite side, but it can be further.
Now that the you've set up a pool table, it's time to get playing! Billiards is an excellent tabletop sport that not only is sophisticated and skillful, but very fun to play. Remember: slow and steady shots; take deep breaths.