Pool – The Ultimate Guide

The Definitive Guide to Playing Pool


This is the ultimate guide to the beautiful game of pool.

In this guide, we'll cover everything from different types of games to advanced strategies for beating your friends.

So whether you're a seasoned veteran or just starting out, we're sure you find some new information below.

So, without further ado let's get started.

Contents (links to all sections)

CHAPTER 1:
Pool Rules & Other Fundamentals


You cannot spell fundamentals without ‘fun’ and ‘mental.’ That is exactly the two components you need. You need to be able to have fun and conquer the mental game. Was that a stretch? Who knows. Anyway, both points are true.

Playing pool should be about having fun. It is also a game where you will perform better if your head is in the right mind space.

Before we get to playing the actual game, let’s take a look at some of the basics and get you out on the table where you belong. 

​The Most Important Thing in Pool? Position


Pool is all about three things: position, position, and position. Yes, I know that that is one thing repeated three times, but that is how important it is. When you are playing, your body position needs to be good. The position of the cue ball can also make or break your game.

As you play the game more, you will be able to sink more balls in a row. This is one of the keys to playing the game well.

If your stance is good, your stroke is good, and your spin is good, then you are going to be able to control your shots. Practice is the key to all three.

Once you begin to pocket balls, you can move into pocketing lots of balls in a row. This is down to positional planning.

When you line up your next shot, you are not only thinking about the ball going into the pocket, you are thinking about what ball you are going to pocket next and how to leave the cue ball in a position to do that.

Go to the table. Set up the balls in random positions. Now, for each shot, you take, try to think about the shot after. The position of the cue ball is as important as the object ball ending up in the pocket. How many balls can you down in a row?

Choose your ball wisely. What ball gives you the best natural position on the next? What spin do you need to add to get position? What cushions do you need to bounce off to get onto the next ball?

Practice, practice, practice, and practice (yes, I wrote it four times, that is how important it is). Put this book down (or close the screen) and go practice. The more you do, the better a feel you will get for the game.

You have this.

Make sure that you have good position and positional play, and your game is going to improve. This is your cue to go and play (excuse the pun).

When you come back, we will tell you how to achieve all of this and more. 

​Your pool stance & how to hold a pool stick


Holding a pool stick is easy. Holding it correctly is the tricky part. Well, not super tricky but you need to be able to hold it correctly to live your best life and play your best game.

The same is true for your stance. Standing is easy. The perfect stance for pool needs a little more work.

Not to worry, we are here to save the day. Join us as we tell you everything you need to know about the perfect pool stance and holding a pool cue. 

​How To Perfect Your Stance


Stand up. Go on, stand up. Are you beside a table? Well, go find one. A pool table, a dining table, it doesn’t matter. Stand side-on to the table, feet shoulder-width apart. Think about how you would hold a pool cue and make sure that your aiming hand is forward.

Hold out your aiming hand (the hand where the cue will rest) and bend at the waist until the hand is on the table. Spread your fingers for now and find your balance. You should be able to look down your aiming hand and across the table.

Your back leg should be straight, and your front leg should be bent a little. Pretend to hold a cue with your rear hand. Your back foot should be directly below the cue and your rear hand (the hand which will generate the power through the shot).

That is your basic pool-playing position. Easy, right? And, probably a nice stretch for your body too. 

​Why Your Bridge Is Critical For The Perfect Shot


Just like in your every day, bridges are also important in pool

The hand we have been referring to as the aiming hand is actually called the bridge. This is where the front of the cue will sit. It is the hand which helps you to aim. There are many ways to hold your bridge hand. We are going to walk you through the most basic. If you find one which is more comfortable, then go for it.

Place your palm flat on the table. Go on, do it. Hold your hand flat and raise your thumb in the air like you are hitchhiking.

Now, keep the base of your palm where it is and drag your fingers back so that your fingertips stay in contact with the table. This elevates your bridge. The cue will sit in the little ‘V’ of your thumb, between the thumb and your index finger.

There you have it, the bridge. Go try it on any surface.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When pool gives your obstacles, use an elevated bridge.

Imagine that the cue ball is sat with a ball behind it. You cannot use your usual position, so what do you do? You use an extended bridge.

Get as close to the cue ball as you can with your bridge, keeping the same hand position but, this time, raise your palm off the table, using your fingertips to balance. Place the cue in the same ‘V’ and play your shot.

The elevated bridge takes a little practice. Why don’t you try it? Find a surface and see how high you can make your bridge. 

​How To Get To Grips With Your Grip


Hold your cue like Michaelangelo holds his sticks and you'll get far

At one end is the bridge, at the other end is the grip. This is the hand which is used to generate the power.

Your grip should be loose like you are holding a peeled banana.

When you take your shot, you should follow through smoothly with this hand.

Want more power? Hold the cue further down or play your shot with more speed. Want less power? Hold the cue further up or play your shot with less speed. 

​How To Perfect Your Aim


Darts Scoreboard 1

Pool is all about aim. You could say that aim is the aim of the game (well, you may not, but I do. Yes, yes, I know that the aim is to get the balls in the pockets. Okay, let’s get back to the fundamentals).

If the object ball (the ball which you are hitting with the cue ball) is directly in front of the cue ball, then you can follow the natural path to hit the object ball where you want it to go. If you are hitting the ball at an angle, then you can use the ghost ball.

Ooh! The ghost ball!

It is not as terrifying as it sounds. When lining up your shot, draw a line from the object ball to the place you want it to go. Imagine the cue ball was on this line, and you could play the shot straight.

Now, think about where the cue ball is going to be at the point of impact. That is the position for which you are aiming.

First, think about the position of the cue ball. Next, try and get the cue ball into that position. Finally, strike through the cue ball, and, hopefully, it will go where you want.

If you are new to the game, it probably will not. That is perfectly fine. It never does when you are starting out. The key is to practice, practice, and practice (yes, I like saying things three times). 

​Why Ball Position Matters


Cue ball position is very important. When you knock a ball into one of the pockets (intentionally, of course), you want the cue ball to be in a position to pocket the next ball. You can do this in one of two ways: the natural path and adding spin.

The natural path (not the naturopath) is when you let the cue ball follow the natural path after it has collided with the object ball. Adding spin forces the ball to go in a direction of your choosing.

Imagine a clock face on the side of the ball you are striking. 12 is at the top, 6 at the bottom, and so on. Hitting the ball and varying degrees of off-center will add varying degrees of spin to the ball.

Hit the 12, and the ball will have forward spin and carry on forward after hitting the object ball. Hit the 6, and you have the opposite, the ball will have backspin and move back after hitting the object ball. Hit the 3 or the 9, and the ball will move sideways after striking the object ball. 

​You Spin Me Right Round: Adding Spin To The Ball


Seriously, go try it. It is a lot of fun to add spin to the ball.

Try hitting the cue ball at varying distances from the center and see what happens. Combine two spins to move the ball in a combination of directions. Play about with the amount of spin you add and how hard you hit the ball.

Top tip: hit the cue ball just below center to stun the cue ball (and maybe your friends). The ball will stop after connecting with the object ball.

When you are adding spin to the ball, experiment with hitting the object ball at different angles. What happens to the direction of the ball?

What happens when you add spin and hit the cue ball against a cushion?

What happens when you add spin and do not connect with anything? Can you see the cue ball change path?

It is a lot of fun to experiment with spin. The more you use it, the better you will become at positional play.

​Putting It All Together


Pool is a simple game. Hit the ball, make it go where you want, and win the game.

Let’s recap with a multitude of positions.

Position: Take up your stance at the table. Follow our tips but find the stance which is comfortable for you. Lean over the table and look through the shot.

Position: Where do you want the cue ball to go? Aim your cue and strike the ball with confidence. Where do you want the cue ball to end up? Think about the striking position of the cue ball.

Position: Take a look at the entire table before you take a shot. What position do you want the ball to be in after this shot? how about two or three shots down the road?

Position, position, position.  

CHAPTER 2:
Top Tips For Every New Pool Player


Playing pool is a lot of fun. It is also a game which is accessible to almost everyone in the world. As long as you have a table, some balls, and a cue, then you can play (as long as you can reach the table).

If you have never played before, then you are going to be terrible (probably), and that is okay. Everyone is when they start out.

The best way to improve your game when you are starting out is to avoid any bad habits. The bad payers are not the new ones but the ones who carry bad habits through to when they are good players. These players will never be great players.

You will become a great player.

We know this because we know that you are going to follow our top tips. Here they are. 

​How Do I Make The Ball Go In?


The feeling when the ball drops? Priceless

That is all that we want to do, right? The simplest way to make the ball go in is to hit it where you need to hit it to make it go in. Easy!

On a serious note, there is a relatively easy way to do that. Let’s take a look at the cue ball (the white ball), the object ball (the ball you want to get in the pocket), and the point of contact.

In your head, draw a line from the pocket, though the center of the object ball, and extending to the back edge of the ball.

Next, draw a line from the center of the cue ball to the point where the other line touches the back of the object ball.

This is where you want to hit the cue ball. If you hit it perfectly, the ball will go in. The more you practice, the more perfect your shots will become.

Go find a pool table and practice getting the point of contact right. 

​The Importance Of Consistency


We just talked about using the point of contact to aim your cue ball. We have also talked about using the ghost ball method (see the previous sections). Try both and find the one which works for you.

Once you have a method of aiming, stick with it. Whatever works for you is what works for you. Our tips are not hard and fast tips. Take them, modify them to fit your game, and be the best you can be. 

​Find Your Perfect Stance


A perfect stance? You be the judge

Using our stance in the previous section, you will find that it is solid, balanced, and allows for a controlled shot. But, what do you do if it is not comfortable or your game is not improving?

Simple. Change your stance.

If you find a stance which is more comfortable, then use it. Use whatever stance gives you the best game.

At the same time, there are some things which you should think about, no matter what your stance:

  • Your feet should be roughly shoulder width apart with your dominant foot pointing towards the shot you are taking
  • Your chin should be on the cue stick or directly above it. This allows you to look through the shot and get the most accurate aim 
  • The back leg is normally straight with the front leg bent but, again, this is down to personal preference 
  • Keep your grip soft but firm
  • Your arms and hands should not bump into your body at all. If you are colliding with your hips, for instance, then it is time to adjust your stance.

​Creating A Smooth Stroke With Great Follow Through


You have lined up your shot, you know where you want to hit the cue ball, and you know where the object ball is going to go. The only thing to do now is to hit the shot.

But, what does a good pool stroke look like?

When you are in your pool stance, your rear hand will be gripping the rear of the cue. Your upper arm will be parallel with the cue, and your forearm will be pointing downwards.

When you play your shot, you should think of your forearm as a pendulum. The upper arm stays roughly where it is while the forearm swings on the elbow.

Keep your grip loose so that you can strike the cue ball exactly where you want to strike it. Start with the cue tip as close to the ball as possible (without touching it). This is the part of the ball which you are aiming for.

Draw the cue back and play your shot smoothly by playing with follow through. Your shoulder and chest should not move during the shot.

If you want to line the shot up a little more, then draw back and bring the cue forward a few times without hitting the ball. Every time you bring it forward, aim at the same spot on the cue ball. When you come to make your shot, the repeated swings will help you to hit the cue ball accurately on the final swing.

Hey, don’t just read about this. Get out there and practice your swing until your feel it is smooth and accurate. 

​Should I Be Worried About Chalk?


"To clalk or not to chalk?"

How have we gotten this far without taking about chalking your cue?

No matter how accurate you are, if you do not chalk the tip of your cue, all of that accuracy is going to be thrown out of the window.

A cue tip without chalk will not grip the cue ball on contact and will, instead, slip when you hit it. This leads to shots which are not accurate, and the correct spin is not added to the ball.

The good news? It literally takes a second to chalk your cue.

Think about a rock climber. They chalk their hands for grip. It can be a matter of life and death. In pool, it is not as serious, but chalking your cue can save your shot.

Never be afraid to chalk. If you want to chalk between every shot, then go for it.

Pro tip: it looks cool to stand there and chalk your cue before a shot. 

Why Do I Need To Hit The Cue Ball Dead Center?


That feeling when you hit the ball hard, dead center? Priceless

Sure, find your spiritual center, but you should also find the center of the cue ball.

When I first started, I was missing a lot of shots. What was wrong? I was not hitting the cue ball in the center. Even a slight shift can throw off your entire shot.

Once I realized this (read: was told what I was doing wrong), my game improved exponentially.

Hit the ball off-center, and you are hitting the ball with some spin. The longer the shot, the more the cue ball is going to be thrown off its path.

Practice hitting the cue ball from one end of the table to the other, bouncing it off the cushion. Watch it roll back to you. Does it deviate from its path? Practice until you are hitting the ball in the center every time. 

​Confidence Does Not Matter, Does It?


When the greats get out on the field, the pitch, the ice, the track, or the table, they have already lived the moment in their heads a thousand times. We mentioned that without ‘mental’ you could not have fundamental.

The key is to have confidence.

Before you take a shot, think through the shot in your mind. See the object ball going into the pocket. Envision the cue ball going where you want it to go.

Know that you can make the shot.

If you can stay positive, eliminate as many negative shots as possible, and have confidence in yourself, then you will be amazed at how much better you will play. 

​How To Enjoy The Game


This kind of follows on from the confidence part. There are two parts to staying calm. One is about finishing your shot, and the other is about gaining rhythm and momentum.

When you play your shot, give it at least a second or two before you get up from that shot. This is going to achieve two things.

Often, when people play a shot, they get up quickly. This can interfere with the shot itself. Take the time to play the shot, follow through, and enjoy it. Do not get up quickly or jerk your cue. The cue ball can suffer, and you can ruin a perfectly good shot.

The second thing which this gives you is rhythm. If you are taking a couple of seconds after your shot, you are more likely to stay calm and play better shots.

If you rush between shots, you are going to be more nervous and, well, rushed. Slow down, keep calm, and enjoy the game. A game of pool is over quickly, why rush it?

Try it. Go play a few games by yourself. Take a second or two after each shot. Does your game improve?

CHAPTER 3:
The Advanced Game of Pool


You have gotten to grips with the basics of the game and are yearning for more. Well, we have you covered.

While stance, aim, and position are vital to your pool game, there are some extra areas which will elevate you from the casual novice player to the intermediate player who thinks about the game instead of only playing it.

Let’s take a look at how you can advance your game. 

​Advanced Drills And Practice


Yes, I am going to say it again. The best way to improve your game is to practice, practice, and practice.

Practice can come in many forms. Any time you are at a pool table, we are going to count this as practice time. Go to the bar with your friends, a pool hall with an opponent, or practice solo at home. They will all help to improve your game, but not all practice is created equal.

When you practice on your own, there are some practice games which will improve your overall game. 

​How to Break in pool


A good break can set you up to win the game

We have talked a lot about how to take a shot but how do we apply this to the break?

A good break can be the difference between winning and losing a game (often it is not, but it can be). A good break can result in a ball being pocketed, giving you a little control over the table and the game. So, what can you do to improve your break?

You do not need to add any fancy spin to a break. Instead, aim for the center of the cue ball.
Follow through is critical. You want to hit the balls with power. Follow through with the cue when you hit the cue ball.

When thinking about position, think about the cue ball being in the center of the table. What angle can you hit the balls at to achieve this?

If you do pocket a ball, take the time to view the entire table and plan your next shot. The next shot is more important than the break.

​When To Play It Safe


Also known as remember to think about tactics of the game

When you play a shot, try to play a safety. This involves playing a legal shot, not downing a ball but, instead, leaving the cue ball in a position where an opponent cannot directly hit the next ball. The most common form of this is hitting the next object ball with the cue ball and leaving the cue ball directly behind another ball.

Alternate shots. Try to play a safety on one shot and, on the next shot, try to get out of that safety.

Pool is about pocketing balls but there will be times when you need to play it safe. This game is a great way to practice that and will up your defensive game. 

​Working With Difficult Positions


sliding

A really difficult position

Throw all of the balls randomly out onto the table or break if you wish. Now, you are not allowed to pocket the balls directly.

To pocket a ball, you have to hit one object ball into another and have the second ball go into the pocket. This game improves your play when you cannot pocket the next object ball but do have a chance of pocketing another.

It is almost like playing with two cue balls. One cue ball hits another, and that cue ball hits the object ball. 

​Putting All Of Your Balls In One Basket


Set up the balls, break, and then try and pocket all of the balls in the same pocket. This pocket should be designated ahead of time or could be the first pocket used.

This game will help you to play less obvious shots. 

​How To Improve Your Positional Play


Take any three balls. Roll them out on the table. Place the cue ball wherever you want. Down the object balls in order.

If you miss a shot, start over but use one less object ball.

If you pocket all of the balls, start over with one extra ball.

This game will help you to improve your positional play. You will need to plan at least a shot ahead, maybe two or three shots. 

​Put It All Together


Follow our tips and your game will improve.

Play as much as you can and your game will improve.

Practice, practice, practice, and your game will improve.

Have fun, and your game will improve.

So, go out there and have some fun.

Best Portable & Small Pool Tables

Best Portable and small pool tables Review

When it comes to playing pool, there is usually one stumbling block which holds people back from installing a pool table in their home. In fact, there are two, but they usually go hand in hand. A pool table can be a massive expense, even though quality pool tables have never been more affordable, and can turn people away. This makes sense. Not everyone has the money lying around to spend on a pool table.

The other thing which puts people off is the size of a full-size pool table. Not everyone has the space to install a pool table in their home. Well, we may have a solution for you. With a folding or portable pool table, you do not have to worry about the space needed nor the expense. Folding and portable pool tables take away the expense and the need for a lot of space in your home.

The best portable pool tables have never been more affordable or of higher quality. We have been on a mission to find the best and most affordable portable pool tables and have compiled some of our favorites. Let’s take a look at the very best. 

1

Mini Tabletop Pool Set- Billiards Game Includes Game Balls, Sticks, Chalk, Brush and Triangle-Portable and Fun for the Whole Family by Hey! Play!

Why we like it:

We love the size of this table. You can play on it anywhere in the home where there is a surface (even on the ground). The table is also small enough to be portable. Pack it up and take it anywhere with you.


Summary:

If you do not have a lot of space in your home for a pool table, then this could be perfect for you. This miniature pool table does not take up a lot of room, fitting onto almost any tabletop for a fun and entertaining game of pool. At only twenty inches long and twelve inches wide, this pool table will fit anywhere.

There is no set up needed to get this pool table ready to play. You also have all the accessories needed to start a game as soon as you unpack the box. The pool cues are perfectly-sized for the table and are weighted to give you a professional game.


The balls feel great as they collide against each other, bounce off the cushions, and fall into the pockets. The table is strong and sturdy, making it great for children to practice on without you worrying about the table taking any damage or wear and tear — the perfect table to learn on or just to have fun with. 

Key Features

Small and portable

Professional look

Weighted cues

20.25” x 12.25” x 3.5”

Accessories included

Pros

Small footprint

Great bounce on cushions

Professional-style mini cues

Affordable

Easy to use

Cons

Quite small

2

Rally and Roar Tabletop Pool Table Set and Accessories, 40' x 20' x 9' - Mini, Travel-Size Billiard Tables, Balls, Cues, and Rack - Fun, Portable Family Games for Family, Parties, Camping, Road Trips

Why we like it:

We love the professionalism in this table. Not only is the table high-quality with a professional look but the accessories are too. The result is a table which the entire family will love to use.


Summary:

This is another great portable pool table which will save you space. We like that this table comes with legs, elevating the table above the surface which it is on.


For such a small and portable table, it also features a great look. We like the grey felt and the wooden surround. The look is professional, and it is also durable. The same is true for the accessories. The balls and cues are not full-size, but that has not stopped them from being created with precision and elegance. The cues are 20% heavier than most cues for pool tables this size, giving you more control and power in your shots.

At forty inches in length, you almost have a half-size pool table. This would be great to learn the game on or to add in some more practice of angles and cue ball control. 

Key Features

40” x 20” x 9”

Has legs

Space-saver

Durable

Weighted cues

Pros

Professional balls and cues for a professional game

Strong and tough

Amazing look

Great for all ages

Accessories included

Cons

Not a professional-grade pool table

3

Sunnydaze 36-Inch Mini Tabletop Pool Table Set with Triangle, Balls, Cues, Chalk and Brush

Why we like it:

We like the quality of this table. The table looks and plays great. The accessories are smaller than the ones which you get with a full-size table, but they are still high-quality and professional. This is a table which everyone will love to play on.


Summary:

Another wonderful pool table which will save you space while allowing you to play a fun and entertaining game. At only thirty-six inches long, this table will fit in any room, on any surface or the floor. The setup is easy, and you can be playing in minutes. The cues and balls have a quality which you would not expect from a table this size, especially one so affordable, and you also get a brush to take care of your table.

You get a good bounce from the cushions, and we like how the balls drop into the pockets. There are no annoying pocket bounces which you get with some cheaper tables — a great table for any level of player. 

Key Features

36” x 20” x 8.5”

14 pounds

Woodgrain finish

Easy setup

Accessories included

Pros

Easy for any level of player

Space-saving

Classic green felt

Dark finish gives a professional look

Quality accessories

Cons

Not professional-grade

4

Rack pool tables Rack Leo Foldable 4-Foot Billiard/Pool Table, Includes Complete Accessories Set

Why we like it:

A great table for all players to learn on. You will be amazed at the professional quality of such an affordable table.


Summary:

When it comes to entertaining your guests, what could be better than bringing out a pool table, unfolding it before their eyes, and getting a game started in a couple of minutes? That is exactly what you can do with this folding pool table. The pool table is extremely easy to assemble when you get it delivered, and you can then fold and unfold it with ease. When it is folded, the pool table can be stored easily, and when it is unfolded, you get a half-size pool table which is perfect for quick games, quick practices, or children.

There are leg levelers on each of the legs so you can level the table easily before you start a game, no matter what the condition of the floor underneath. It is also light enough for one person to be able to transport and fold it. You get all the included accessories needed for a game, including two cues, the balls, a rack, and chalk. We like that the balls have a solid feel to them and, even though they are not full-size, will mimic the shots you get with full-size balls. This helps you to work on your power and accuracy, with the angles of play being the same as in a full-size game.

This is a great table for all of the family or for games nights with friends. You are not going to get a full-size professional table, but that is not what you are looking for. This is a table which is going to save you space and money while bringing a lot of fun and entertainment. 

Key Features

4-foot

Space-saving

Lightweight

Accessories included

Lifetime warranty

42 pounds

Pros

Easy to assemble

Professional felt

Great cushion bounce

Great for learning on

Easy to fold and unfold

Cons

Cues could be better quality

5

IFOYO Billiard Table, 55 Inch Folding Pool Table Steady Modern Space Saving Billiard Table Game for Kids and Adults with Cues, Ball, Chalk, Rack, Brush Included

Why we like it:

Great for every room of the house. We like how compact this table folds up, allowing you to store it under the bed if needed. We also like how professional this table looks and how professional it plays.


Summary:

We love the look of this table. You have a choice of two colors: blue or green. The classic green will fit with any room while the rich blue adds a little more style and panache to the look. The wooden surround adds some elegance while the leather-style pockets add some class to the proceedings.

When this table is delivered, you can have it assembled in minutes. It is also light enough that one person can assemble and lift the table. When you are folding and unfolding the table, you need to remove and replace screws in the legs, but when you have done that, the table folds down slim enough to be stored in a closet or under the bed.

The accessories are included with your purchase. You get two cues, a set of balls, a rack, chalk, and a table brush to keep the felt in tip-top condition.

We love the roll and level of bounce which you get with this table. More than you would expect for a table which folds. 

Key Features

55” x 29” x 31.5”

2.75” folded height

Accessories included

Easy assembly

Pros

High-quality design

Slim profile for easy storage

Rich blue or green color

Set up in seconds

Easy to fold and unfold

Affordable

Cons

Need to remove screws to fold table

Best Pool Cues

Best pool cues Review

If you want to be a professional pool player, then you need to play with the best pool cue. The best pool cue is going to be weighted perfectly to give you a balanced shot every time. This is going to translate into more control over the cue ball, giving you more spin, power, and speed. The best cues are going to feel like an extension of your arm, giving you the accuracy you need to find position on the next ball until, before you know it, you are on the black.

Of course, not all of us are going to be professional players, nor do we want to be, but we do want to play as well as we can. The best pool cues have never been more affordable, meaning that we all have access to the best pool cues irrelevant of whether we are going to compete in big tournaments or not.

We have taken a long hard look at the pool cues which are out there and selected some of our favorites. You do not need to spend a fortune to get a pool cue which is going to improve your game. It does not matter if you are a beginner or have been playing for years, there is a pool cue on our list for everyone. Let’s take a look, starting with our number one choice. 

1

Lucasi Custom Birds-Eye Maple Sneaky Pete Pool Cue with Upgraded Shaft, 19-Ounce

Why we like it:

We love the quality of this cue. It is easy to play with for novices and professionals alike, and all types of players will find that their game is enhanced with this cue.


Summary:

When it comes time to choose your cue, we highly recommend that you invest in this one. Not only is it a high-quality cue but you can also choose your cue from a variety of weights. You can customize the cue with the perfect weight for you. When you do, you get a cue which performs and looks beautiful. The maple cue has an antique stain with a mother of pearl inlay. The wood to wood Uni-Loc quick release joint allows you to take the cue apart easily and have a seamless look when the cue is assembled.

The tapered design was created by Thorsten Hohmann, a two-time world champion. The maple is solid, giving great weight and feel when you are playing your shot, and the Everest tip plays like you have been playing with it for years, right from the very first shot. Each shot you take will come with a kick, and the cue will stay on a true path to give you the shot you envision in your mind. The cue has also been treated so that it will not warp or bend when exposed to moisture.

This is a great cue for taking your game to a whole new level. Professional players will love how this cue looks and feels while novices will find the cue easy to handle. It will be a great addition to any pool table.

Key Features

Smooth and seamless joints

Lifetime warranty

Carbon technology

12.75mm shaft

Various weights

29 inches

Pros

Low-core shaft for a light and controlled shot

Tapered design

True shaft for a true shot

Beautiful cue

Good grip

Cons

Expensive

2

Lucasi Custom Mystic Black and Curly Maple Pool Cue with Cocobola and Snakewood Banded Rings, 19.5-Ounce

Why we like it:

We like that this is an accessible cue for all levels of players. Professionals will find that their game is enhanced while beginners will find they play the best games of their lives after lifting this cue for the first time.


Summary:

Lucasi make great pool cues. This is another beautiful cue from their pool cue line. The natural maple wood is banded with Cocobola and Snakewood rings for a sleek-looking handle. The Mystic Black design looks great, and it plays great too. The Uni-Loc quick-release joint and butt cap will allow you to assemble and disassemble the pool cue with ease, giving you a seamless joint when the pool cue is assembled. Again, the tapered design is courtesy of two-time world champion Thorsten Hohmann.

The old-school maple construction combined with the Everest tip gives you a play which is smooth and controlled. You will find that you have a lot of power at your disposal while being able to control the cue ball effortlessly. The cue is great for adding spin and control to your shot, leaving the cue ball exactly where it needs to be.

The modern technology packed into this cue makes it great for professional players and beginners. No matter how long you have been playing for, this cue will enhance your game and improve your results in tournaments and single matches. 

Key Features

Maple wood

Quick release joint

Solid core

Stylish and beautiful

4-piece

Pros

Beautiful and impressive

Cue is smooth for a smooth shot

Easy to assemble and disassemble

Gives great ball control

Powerful

Easy to use

Cons

Expensive

3

Players Technology Series HXT15 Two-Piece Pool Cue Style: 19 oz.

Why we like it:

We like that this is an accessible cue for all players. There is a choice of weights so players can find the exact cue for their style. Beginners will love it, especially the grip and improved performance which that brings.


Summary:

This cue looks amazing. We love the natural look of the maple wood, finished with Nelsonite, epoxy, and pig skin. The Nelsonite helps to protect the cue from changes in the atmospheric pressure while the epoxy will prevent the cue from warping when it is exposed to moisture. The ten layers of pig skin on the handle make this an easy cue to wield with a superior grip. A grip like this gives you more control over your power, accuracy, and spin.

The low-deflection Ferrule reduces the deflection through strokes giving you more accuracy and better control over your exact spin. This also leads to more power and controlled power. The stainless steel joint and slimline butt cap keep the cue together and maintain the inner strength of it — a great all-round cue for all players. 

Key Features

Two piece

Choice of weights

Maple wood

Epoxy finish

Pig-skin grip

Pros

The excellent grip gives superior handling

Nelsonite treatment protects against moisture

Stainless steel joints are strong

Reduced deflection of shots

Powerful

Cons

No case included

4

Players C-960 Classic Crimson Birds-Eye Maple with Triple Silver Rings Cue, 21-Ounce

Why we like it:

This is a great cue for beginner and intermediate players. From the very first shot, you will feel more in control of the game.


Summary:

This is a great cue for beginner and intermediate players. The cue looks professionals and gives you a professional performance. With a choice of cue weight, you can find the exact weight suited to your game.


The cue is solid and well made, the stainless steel collar keeps the cue in shape and adds power and stability to each shot. The hard oak leather tip holds its shape longer than other tips giving you more consistent play, the longer you play with the cue.


The double-pressed Irish linen wrap gives you a classic, slip-free grip which will also bring you consistency. Having a slip-free grip means that you are going to be able to apply the correct amount of pressure to the cue ball and at the correct place, giving you more power and spin.

Key Features

Choice of weights

Irish linen wrap

Stainless steel joint collar

13mm tip

Oak leather tip

Pros

Great grip for more control

Choice of weight for customized play

Consistent

Cue holds shape for longevity

Lots of power

Cons

No case included

5

Players D-JS White with Jester on Pool Balls and Dripping Card Suits Cue, 19-Ounce

Why we like it:

We recommend this cue to anyone who likes the design. It is definitely a cue for someone who wants a unique cue to go with their unique personality but more than that, it is also a cue which will give you superior performance.


Summary:

A great cue for anyone who wants something a little different when it comes to the design. With a colorful jester on the shaft of the cue and dripping card suits, you have a cue design like no other. Couple this with the black embossed design on the base and you have a wonderfully unique cue which will impress all of your friends.

The rubberized grip on the base is one of the best features of this cue. You can generate lots of torque with the enhanced grip, bringing more power and control to your shots. The wood is solid, so you know that the follow-through is going to be solid too. The 13mm tip finishes off the cue to give you uniform and consistent play through any shot. 

Key Features

Solid black grip

Jester design

Stainless steel joint collar

Various weights

13mm tip

Pros

Unique and fun design

Consistent play

Comfortable grip

Improved torque

Speed and control

Cons

No additional color choices

6

CUESOUL SOOCOO Series Maple Pool Cue Stick Set 58 inch 19 oz 12.75mm Tip with Joint/Shaft Protector and Cue Towel Yellow

Why we like it:

We love the look of these cues. There are four individual designs, each with its own artwork and color scheme. You are sure to find the perfect cue from the choices.


Summary:

There are so many great design choices here that you are sure to find one which you love. You also have your choice when it comes to selecting the size of the tip, which is crafted from the finest soft leather, great for controlling the cue ball.


The unique rocket-pin connector for the two parts of the cue means that you get a seamless and strong fit. We like the connection covers which some with the cue. Slip them on when the cue is in two parts, and the connectors will never become inadvertently clogged or broken.

This is a great all-around cue for beginners or intermediate players. The cue is affordable and will give you a great balance between control and power. 

Key Features

Multiple colors

Multiple designs

Multiple sizes

19 oz

Maple wood

Stainless steel collar

Pros

Strong and durable

Canadian maple for a strong core

Great grip for control

Lots of choices

Includes covers and cloth

Cons

Large tip

7

Aska Set of 5 L2 Billiard Pool Cues, 58' Hard Rock Canadian Maple, 13mm Hard Le Pro Tip, Mixed Weights, Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Red. Improve Your Game Room

Why we like it:

If you have a group of people, then this is a perfect choice. We like this set for a tournament or league where everyone can have their own distinct cue.


Summary:

When you buy this set of pool cues, you get five distinct cues, each with their own color and weight. The cues are all the same length, so you have options here. You can use each one individually to find the perfect cue for you, or you can use this set for a group of friends or family members. The set is also great as backups to your main cue.

We like the black nylon wraps near the base. The nylon gives you non-slip grip which will enhance your play, giving you greater control over your power and spin. 

Key Features

Set of 5

58”

Five colors

Nylon wrap

Mixed weights

Pros

Perfect for groups of players

Can give multiple backup cues

Five distinct colors

Weight options to find your perfect game

13mm tip for great control

Canadian maple for durability

Cons

Not professional quality

8

TaiBA 2-Piece Pool Stick + Hard Case, 13mm Tip, 58', Hardwood Canadian Maple Professional Billiard Pool Cue Stick 19-22 Oz (Selectable)-Blue, Black, Red, Gray, Green, Brown

Why we like it:

We like that you get a carry case with this cue. We also like the options you get with multiple styles and colors to choose from.


Summary:

We love that this cue comes with a protective case. The cue comes apart into two pieces for easy transport and then fits into the neat protective case for added protection when you are traveling to and from games. The solid Canadian maple is strong and long-lasting and has been covered in seven layers of varnish. This protects the wood from warping and bowing should it come into contact with moisture.

The leather wrap on the base gives a comfortable grip which will help you apply the correct amount of power and spin to the cue ball. You will not need to clean a pool cue often, but we found this one extremely easy to clean — an easy cue to maintain for beginner and intermediate players. 

Key Features

Variety of colors

Multiple sizes

Case included

Canadian maple

9 layers of varnish

Pros

Comfortable and easy to use

2-piece for easy transit

Varnish protects from warping

Case protects cue in transit

Rubber bumper protects the base

Cons

Not for professionals

9

Iszy Billiards BND-01-48-19 Short 48' 2Piece Hardwood Maple Pool Cue Billiard Stick 19 Oz, Brown

Why we like it:

We like that what you see is what you get. The design is classic, the price is reasonable, and you are able to play the game well with a tip and grip designed for precision.


Summary:

This is a perfect starter cue and one which will not cost you a lot of money. This is not a cue for professionals, but it will still serve to enhance your game. If you are starting out, you do not want anything too fancy as you are learning the game. This cue is simple and gets the job done.

We especially like the Irish linen wrap near the base which will give you a lot of control and accuracy. Having the correct grip allows you to control the power precisely and add spin to the cue ball, leaving the ball perfectly positioned for your next shot — a great cue at a great price. 

Key Features

2-piece

Maple wood

Choice of three colors

Two weight options

48”

Pros

Strong and tough

Great all-around cue

Irish linen wrap for great grip

Balanced and controlled

Classic design

Affordable

Cons

Not for professionals

10

Aska Set of 5 Wrapless L3 Billiard Pool Cues, 58' Hard Rock Canadian Maple, 13mm Hard Le Pro Tip, Mixed Weights, Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Red. Improve Your Game Room

Why we like it:

We like that you get five quality cues at an affordable price. The cues have a classic look and are colorful.


Summary:

This is another perfect cue if you are starting a tournament or league. You could order one or two of these sets and give everyone their own cue. If you have your own pool table in your home, then this is perfect to pick up to have for your friends and family. We like that there are five different colors and five different weights. The various weights allow you to practice with each to find the perfect pool cue for your game.

All of the cues are the same length so that you can find consistency if you are trying out multiple weights. They also have the same feel. When you change the weight, you are not changing anything else about this cue. Perfect for groups or tournaments. They can also be used on small pool tables.

Key Features

5 cues

5 colors

Mixed weights

13mm tip

58”

Pros

Choice of weights for different play

Great as backup cues

Perfect for groups or tournaments

Solid and durable

Maple wood is tough and solid

Cons

Could be better quality

Best Pool Table

Best Pool tables Review

Have you ever thought about adding a pool table to your home or workplace?

The thought has probably not crossed your mind very often if at all.

Why is that?

A big stumbling block for many people is the size of a professional pool table and the price. The amount of space in your home can be a big deciding factor when it comes to adding a pool ta-ble…

… but the price need not be.

Pool tables have never been more affordable and built with higher quality. And, if you are worried about space, then we have options for that too.

The best pool tables become invisible and let you concentrate on the game at hand while being beautiful enough for your friends to stare in awe at in between plays. Also, they are the tables which let the balls roll freely, bounce well from the cushions, and slip seamlessly into the pock-ets.

We love to play pool, so it was a joy to do some research about pool tables. When it comes to quality pool tables, we have some great ones for you. We even have some for the more budget conscious and those who have limited space. Here are the best tables we found, starting with our favorite. 

1

Brunswick 8-Foot Danbury Pool Table with Free Contender Play Package Accessories and Contender Cloth - Price Includes Free On-site Delivery and Professional Certified Installation

Why we like it:

We like the professional quality of this table. The slate is thick, the wood construction is solid, and the felt is frictionless. If you are looking for the best of the best, then you have found it.


Summary:

This is a beautiful table. One look at the table and you will fall in love with it. The green felt (one of four colors) on the table is luxurious without having a lot of friction. The surround of the table is elegant and high-quality. The base is solid and well-built. The pockets are classy and hold the balls securely. The legs feature a claw design which is stylish and functional. If you have this pool table in your home, you are going to be the envy of all your friends.

You get so much more with this table than style. The pool table package comes with a set of professional billiard balls, four pool cues, a two-piece bridge, a ball rack, a table brush and twelve pieces of cue chalk. You really do get it all.

Go under the luxurious outer, and you will find three pieces of slate on top of the table. Each piece is an inch thick, and you can feel the quality of the slate in the weight of the table. The slate is solid and tough, as are the body and legs.

When you order this table, you will get delivery into your home with installation. You also get a money-back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied with your table, but we know that you will be. 

Key Features

Choice of four colors

Free on-site delivery

Elegant design

Solid body

Solid wooden legs

Claw-design legs

Pros

Includes professional accessories

Full-sized table

Cushions have a professional bounce

Balls roll smoothly

Premium slate for an even surface

Cons

Expensive

Heavy

2

Harvil 8-Foot Slate Pool Table - Bellagio. Includes On-Site Delivery, Professional Installation and Accessories

Why we like it:

This is a beautiful table which is well worth the price if you have the space for it. The slate is go-ing to last, and the solid construction is going to support the slate for years.


Summary:

Another amazing looking pool table on our list. The pool table is full-size, making it extremely heavy, but the installation and delivery are included in the price, so you do not have to worry about installing it yourself. This table is beautiful to look at. The finish on top is available in one of three colors. Under the felt, you will find three pieces of slate which cannot be warped. They will stay as level as they are on delivery. Supporting the slate is a 17-inch solid wood finish, with 5-inch thick hardwood rails, mother of pearl inlay, and hand-crafted, solid wood, claw legs.

We like that the felt cloth is composed of 75% wool and 25% nylon for durability. It is also stain-resistant. There will be times when you enjoy a game of pool with a beer, and you need not wor-ry about that beer being spilled.

When you buy this table, you receive all the accessories you need to get playing, including Ca-nadian maple cues, balls, triangle, and more. You also get a tally shaker bottle and tally balls for playing bottle pool. This is a functional and beautiful table. 

Key Features

On-site delivery and installation included

3-piece slate

1” slate

Full-size table

Sturdy frame

Comes with accessories

Pros

Slate makes for a level playing surface

Hand-carved legs for style and elegance

Slate means no warping

Scratch-resistant finish

Can play bottle pool with accessories

Canadian maple cues for durability and enhanced play

Cons

Expensive

Heavy

3

Fat Cat Reno 7.5' Pool Table with Dark Cherry Finish and Wine Colored Cloth, Accuslate Billiard Surface for Consistent Straight Shots and Sturdy Straight Legs for Stability

Why we like it:

The Accuslate is not as durable and strong as regular slate, but it will last for seven years guaran-teed (and usually more). The use of Accuslate also means that you do not have to spend as much as a slate table.


Summary:

Why stop at two beautiful pool tables when we can show you a third. We love the color of this table, with the rich burgundy of the cloth matching the cherry finish of the wood. This table will look great in any room of the house.

The table is easy to put together and will stay together once you have it constructed. The MDF Accuslate is sturdy and flat, giving you even play, and the rubber bumpers, combined with the 6-inch wooden rails, provide superior bounce. This is a table which is going to last you for years.

We like the addition of silver diamonds on the cushions, helping you to work out your angles when you are aiming for the ball. With cues, chalk, triangle, rail brush, and more, you have eve-rything you need to start a tournament with your friends. 

Key Features

7.5 foot

300 pounds

Comes with accessories

K66 rubber bumpers

Beveled legs

Maple wood veneer

Pros

Feet have leveling pads to add stability

Color is unique and beautiful

Solid construction

Burgundy wool cloth resists warping over time

Seven-year warranty

Cons

Expensive

Heavy

4

Harvil 84 Inches Black Billiard Pool Table with Complete Accessories - Orange Felt

Why we like it:

We like that you do not have to skimp on quality to have a smaller pool table. The same professionalism has gone into this table as has gone into any full-size professional table. A great addition to a home with kids.


Summary:

This is a professional table for when you do not have the room for a full-size table. The table is seven feet instead of eight so you are not losing a lot of playing area, but you are able to fit the table into smaller rooms.

We love the black and orange finish of this table. The black resin claw legs add some elegance to the pool table, and the orange felt will light up any room. We should specify that the surface is Taclon and not a typical felt finish. This covering is not only durable, but it will also ensure that the ball rolls consistently and with minimum friction.

This is a beautiful table which will enhance any room of your home. 

Key Features

84 inches

Orange felt

Includes accessories

Black finish

203 pounds

Taclon cloth

Pros

Smaller footprint

Unique design and color

High-quality cloth promotes roll

Drop pockets are luxurious

Strong and durable

Cons

No color choice

Smaller table

5

EastPoint Sports Masterton Billiard Pool Table - Tan Felt , 87-inch - Features Traditional Claw Legs and Parlor Style Drop Pockets - Includes 2 Cues, Billiards Balls, and Triangle

Why we like it:

This is an excellent table for those who want a table to play on with friends. With a look which defies the price tag, this table has professional quality without the professional price tag.


Summary:

This is another excellent pool table for when you do not have enough space for a full-size table. The table looks exactly like a professional table without having to pay as much for it. You also have the classic green finish if you want to stay with the classic look, or a tan finish if you would like something different. The parlor-style pockets always look good, and the claw legs add elegance to any room.

We like the feel of this table. The cushions give you a professional bounce, and the accessories will help you to play like a professional would. The markings on the edges of the table help you to plan your shot and find your correct angle — a professional table for those who do not want the size and price of a professional table. 

Key Features

Easy setup

Accessories included

Claw feet

Scratch-resistant finish

7.5 foot

Pros

Elegant design

Traditional look

Consistent bounce

Leg levelers for even play

The coating prevents wear and tear

Cons

Not full-size

6

Harvil Beachcomber Indoor Pool Table 84 Inches with Complete Accessories Set

Why we like it:

We like how much quality you get for such a low price. This may not be the most professional table in the world, but to will give you exactly what you need and want.


Summary:

This table comes with easy instructions to put it together, and when you have it assembled, you will notice how sturdy and strong the table is. The corners are reinforced with silver to prevent cracking or chipping, the surround and legs are incredibly sturdy, and the drop pockets are long-lasting.

You will love the amount of bounce which you get from the bumpers and the friction-free roll that you get from the durable Tetelon cloth. You also get balls with the table, along with two cues, a triangle, a brush, and two chalks. You can quickly assemble the table in a matter of minutes, and be playing in record time. 

Key Features

84” x 48” x 31”

231.5 pounds

Dense fiber wood

Tetolon cloth

Rubber bumpers

Pros

Sleek and professional design

Accessories included for instant play

Strong legs

Leg levelers for even play

Bumpers give a professional bounce

Easy to assemble

Cons

No color choice

7

EastPoint Sports Masterton Billiard Pool Table, 87-inch - Features Traditional Claw Legs and Parlor Style Drop Pockets - Includes 2 Cues, Billiards Balls, and Triangle

Why we like it:

Great for those who do not have a lot of money to spend. The table is professional without being bulky and heavy.


Summary:

This is an elegant-looking table with a reasonable price tag. If you are looking for a table which is slightly smaller than a full-size table, then this is the one for you. You have the choice between a classic green finish or a modern tan finish, and the legs and surround look professional and stylish.

With a built-in leg leveling system, you can ensure that the table is always level. The bounce you get from the cushions is also professional. There is a lot about this table which is professional without paying the price you would usually pay for a professional table.

Cues are included, as are balls, chalk, a triangle, and a table brush. This would be a great addition to a family home. 

Key Features

Rubber bumpers

Accessories included

Leg levelers

87” x 50” x 30"

Pros

Elegant design

Parlor-style pockets

Legs can be leveled for even play

Choice of two colors

Sturdy base

Fun and professional

Affordable

Cons

Not as high-quality as more expensive tables

8

IFOYO Billiard Table, 55 Inch Folding Pool Table Steady Modern Space Saving Billiard Table Game for Kids and Adults with Cues, Ball, Chalk, Rack, Brush Included

Why we like it:

This is a perfect table for those who do not have room for a pool table. The table can be folded for storage and brought out when you need it. A great pool table for kids to learn and practice on.


Summary:

This is the perfect table for those who have limited space. The table is easy to put together, and once it has been, you will be able to put it in any room, no matter how much space you have. You also have the option to fold up the legs for easy storage, even under your bed.

You have a choice of two colors for this table, classic green and classic blue. The table is well-constructed and sturdy. You will be able to use this table for a long time without worrying about it wearing or tearing. You get a good bounce from the cushions and the right quality from the included cues. A brush is included to keep the table clean, along with a rack for set up, the balls, and some chalk. 

Key Features

Folding

55” x 29” x 31.5”

High-quality

Accessories included

Pros

Easily assembled

Can be stored under a bed or in a closet

Easy to use

Saves space

Choice of colors

Cons

Not full-size

Not professional quality

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