Dear ambitious snooker player…
RE: Take the Fear of Practicing with Inconsistent Snooker Balls Out of Your Game – Starting Now!
Imagine the scene…
You’re down the club and you’re in a frame on an important shot which could win you the frame. You’re playing with club balls. You’re about to cannon a red off the cushion by potting the blue and you’re sure it’s the perfect angle to do it!
This is the moment when you could win the frame! You take the shot.
You’ve missed the cannon!
You were convinced the cannon was on as you’ve practiced it time again and you go back to your chair gutted after having to play safe off the last red! You were hoping to clear up. You’re then engaged in a bout of safety, and your opponent comes up trumps and wins the frame!
Why did the cannon not happen?
You were playing with a set of inconsistent club balls which do not all weigh the same! This has a huge effect on how balls react. However, you know how to solve this, don’t you?
By investing in a set of quality balls that all weigh within the same of each other!
ARAMITH TOURNAMENT CHAMPION 1Gs!
What are snooker balls made of?
The 1G balls are made of a Phenolic resin and all weigh within 1 gram of each other.
When the 3G balls were released, they were made within 3 grams of each other, and so on…
Throughout the centuries, early snooker balls went from Wood/Clay to Ivory to artificial Ivory.
There was outrage as Elephants were killed for their Ivory tusks!
Then came the artificial Ivory.
There were even the exploding balls – half myth – half-truth!
After that plastics and resins came into use today with the 1G balls.
For more information on Aramith, click on the image link below…
5 Advantages of Owning Your Own Set…
There are also four other advantages to having your own set of 22 balls:
1) You get to keep them – forever!
2) You get to ensure your set is clean, as snooker club balls may not always be cleaned (regularly or well)!
3) You will know that you are playing with a consistent set and won’t be worrying about variables such as weight…
4) You get your own lockable case where you can buy padlocks to keep them secure and easily transport them around…
5) And, there is room in your case for those little extras, such as a glove, a ball marker, and even a training aid such as the Ghost Ball Potting Aid…
Cleaning Your Balls…
When you clean your set – you can either use an Aramith ball cleaner or simply use good old Fairy liquid and lukewarm water and a dry cloth.
Snooker balls aren’t cheap. But, then, if you’re serious about the game and want to achieve consistency, you will have to make an investment sometime!
I got my set of 1Gs from a place in Leeds called Craftsman Cues, but you can also get them on Amazon or ebay…
SNOOKER BALLS: 7 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Balls are a vital part of the equipment for snooker, just as is a snooker cue plus sticking on a decent tip!
SnookerZone hunted down the top frequently asked questions online about snooker balls – to answer for you…The questions are marked in red…
- How many snooker balls? In a case or set there are 22 balls consisting of 15 reds, and six colours of which are the yellow, green, brown, blue, pink and black with one standard cue ball (white).
- What snooker balls do professionals use? The pros use currently the Aramith Tournament Champion 1g balls – all weigh within one gram of each other.
- How to set up snooker balls? In snooker, the 15 reds are placed in a triangle formation on a snooker table between the pink spot and black spot at the end of the table with the yellow green brown colours being placed at the top end on what is called the D on the baulk lines! The blue ball is placed in the middle of the table on a spot.
- How to clean snooker balls? You can clean balls with either a special polish made from the makers Aramith (ball cleaner) or, you can use good old fashioned lukewarm water and fairy liquid – the inexpensive way to clean. SnookerZone uses the latter.
- What are snooker balls made of? The 1g balls are made of a phenolic resin and are all made with precision quality and weigh within one gram – hence why they’re called 1g balls.
- What do snooker balls measure? From Wikipedia: “Snooker balls are technically standardized at 52.5 mm (2.07 in) in diameter within a tolerance of plus or minus 0.05 mm (0.002 in). No standard weight is defined, but all balls in the set must be the same weight within a tolerance of 3 g (0.11 oz). However, many sets are actually 21⁄16 in (52.4 mm), even from major manufacturers. Snooker sets are also available with considerably smaller-than-regulation balls (and even with ten instead of fifteen reds) for play on smaller tables (down to half-size), and are sanctioned for use in some amateur leagues. Sets for American snooker are typically 21⁄8 in (54.0 mm), with numbered colour balls.”
- How much do snooker balls cost? Ball costs vary depending on quality and what you’re looking for in terms of playability. If you’re serious about playing snooker to a high standard, then buying the best products on offer would be considered an investment rather than a cost! The 1g balls cost around £200 or slightly more depending on where you shop . You also get a lockable solid aluminium case for transporting them around easily.