Billiard Ball Games
A ball is simply a round object which has various other uses. In most ball games, the game of the ball follows the shape of the ball once it’s been struck, kicked or thrown. Different balls can also be utilized for simpler tasks, like juggling or catch. The commonest game of the ball is billiards, but there are many variations of the game, including snooker, snake, beanbag, and more. Any ball, naturally, is subject to the usual rules of the sport, although there may be variations within those rules.
Most billiard balls have a flat surface, although some have spin, as with the snooker ball, which has a unique, three dimensional spin. The balls with spin tend to be slightly larger than the rest of the ball, and they can be further compressed than other balls. This allows the ball to retain a position in the pocket, and it is especially useful for large billiard balls, since the pocket can be smaller and more cramped, accommodating the ball. This type of compressed ball is called an inflatable ball, and its inventor was a tennis player.
When a billiard ball is launched, it leaves the pocket it is in and travels forward until it bumps into something, causing the ball to bounce. Bumping refers to whatever action causes the ball to return to its original position; this could be anything from another billiard ball to a fellow billiard player. In ball games like snooker, the ball must be landed within a specific area (the “billy”), so if it bumps into an opponent’s ball, it loses its point.
Although the balls have different surfaces and different properties, when they are launched, they all tend to bounce on the same kind of surface – usually a flat one. Billiard ball games are divided into two main periods: clay and spherical. The first, called the “plated ball,” is made from a mixture of clay and fiberglass that contains a little bit of tungsten to help prevent the ball from bouncing too much. (This material, too, limits the amount of variations in the size and shape of the balls.)
The second type of billiard ball game is the “spherical” ball. These balls are not quite as thick as the plated balls, but they are not nearly as thin. They are generally made of hard rubber, and their surface is usually very smooth. The spherical balls are used mainly in the lower two classes of billiard ball games – draw balls and split balls. In draw balls, the ball bounces off the rim of the billiard table, which causes it to land inside the pockets of the table.
As the name implies, ball rolling is the action of rolling a ball across a track using only one or two wheels, rather than the three or more wheels often seen on other types of billiard equipment. This type of ball may not give you as many choices as the other kinds of balls, but it can give you some really interesting shots. The first ball that you roll will probably not be the best shot that you can take, but if you keep trying, eventually you should find something that works.