How to Set Up Pool Balls Correctly – Step by Step Guide

Did you like our post about the different ways to play pool? If so, today, we are going a little further! Do you know what is the placement of the billiard balls in each of the modalities? Do not worry! In this post, we explain how they should be placed on the pool table when a new game starts and the importance of the colors of the billiard balls in each one of them. Do you want to meet him? Don’t lose detail!

How to Set Up Pool Balls Correctly – For Different Types of Pool

American billiards, Carom, Snooker, … There are many ways to play pool. For this reason, we will go through the best-known patterns explaining the placement of the balls in each of the cases, since it is the essential step to start playing! Write down all the details. Let’s start!

We are placing American billiard balls. The best known!

american billiard balls

To have everything under control in American Billiards, the first step is the correct placement of the balls in the billiard. It may seem that fitting the balls in place is a simple step, but you are going to discover some tricks to do it in the best way!

We start at the beginning. Do you know what the rack is? It is the triangle that you are going to use to place the balls. Grab it and start following the instructions! It is essential to know that in this modality, the colors of the billiard balls become very important. Let’s start!

Ball 1 of yellow color must preside over the triangle. You should put it on the front of the rack. As a curious fact, this ball is also known as the “apex” of the rack. Do not worry! From here, everything is more straightforward.

You see adding billiard balls. But, make sure the 8-ball is in the center of the rack! It’s crucial. The center of the rack is in the middle of the third row of balls, it’s straightforward!

What about the balls in the lower corners? You need to make sure it’s one solid color and the other striped. The number doesn’t matter! You can put all the remaining balls in a random position.

You are already finishing it! Stack the balls well so that the start of the game is perfect. Align the apex (the first ball) with the center of the billiard. The center of the first ball should be in the middle of the table, a quarter of its length. Once you do this step, lift the rack and start playing!

 

Carom billiard balls placement

carom billiard balls

Do you want to know the placement of the billiard balls when you play the carom mode? This game has a lot fewer balls than the previous one, so it will be effortless for you!

At Carambola, we talk about departure points or flies. Do you know what we mean? It is the placement of the balls at the beginning of the game. Be very attentive, and there are only five placements!

On this occasion, you must mark the positions with pen ink as thin as possible. You must know that it is forbidden to stick any material to the table. Always with a pen!

1st Point – Must go in the center of the starting line, parallel to 71 cm from the short band.

2nd Point – To the right of the previous one at 18.5 cm distance.

3rd Point – To the left of the first one 18.5cm away.

4th Point – In the geometric center of the billiards.

5th Point – In the center of the line parallel to 71 cm from the opposite short band.

Once these five positions are marked, you can start playing!

 

Snooker Billiard Ball Placement

snooker billiard balls

The Snooker game is played on an English pool table. It can be played with two people independently, or with four people playing in teams. Do you want to know how the balls are placed? We will tell you!

In this modality, the colors of the balls are fundamental, so we will start by explaining the colors of the billiard balls and their respective points.

Each player uses the same collision cue ball, and there are 21 target balls: 15 red balls (1 point), one yellow ball (2 points), one green ball (3 points), one brown ball (4 points), one blue ball (5 points) and pink ball (6 points) and, finally, one black ball (7 points)

At the start of each round, the target balls are positioned as follows: The black ball its marked spot; The pink ball at the end of the pyramid; The blue ball at the center point; the brown ball at the intersection of “D” and the starting line; Finally, the yellow ball to the right of the brown ball at the intersection of “D” and the tee line.

It is essential to know that the red balls form a triangle; the pike ball is placed as close as possible to the red ball without touching it, the base must be on the side of the upper band and parallel to it.

This is all! We know that this game mode has a little more difficulty, but we are sure you will do it great!

 

Notes

Now that you know the placement of the billiard balls in the different best-known modalities, what are you waiting for to put it into practice? You will leave your friends speechless! If you have questions, leave us a comment! We will solve it so you can continue playing. Let the game begin!

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