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  • Master Blaster
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    I've had a few sessions on this match table and I've not entirely changed my mind about it but am more forgiving. Here's a video of me playing a few shots, a stun round the table off 5 cushions, a stun towards the yellow, stun towards the blue and a big bang stun on to the baulk cushion. I used stun because I find it to be the biggest test of what's potable in a pocket:



    What I've found is that the pockets are undercut the old way, not with a square face all the way in. This leaves the knuckle a bit more pointed than a WS template cut rubber so potting is slightly different. The table requires fine sighting up and down and dead straight delivery with the cue as low as possible to avoid any striking across the ball.

    A few chaps, some county have said it's unplayable across the table around the black but I'm not sure as the shots I played for two hours were all underneath, on, or above the black, across the table as per video. I think the cloth a little slow and a 6811 T would be better for speed. I hit the shots with a 17oz cue, nothing heavy. I measured pocket gap at 88mm at the fall. Let me know your thoughts.
    Last edited by Master Blaster; 26th March 2015, 02:10 AM.

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  • Master Blaster
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    Originally posted by hsn View Post
    There are plenty of expert advices for you here but let me suggest you something too. The problem might be with your pocket plate. Balls lifting from bed may be due to their weight differences too.
    Hi and thanks for the tip. I did look at the pocket plates and they're nicely shaped to take the ball down, inward and downward shaped. The leathers are in good condition as well. The balls are TCs and they weigh 140g each.

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  • hsn
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    There are plenty of expert advices for you here but let me suggest you something too. The problem might be with your pocket plate. Balls lifting from bed may be due to their weight differences too.
    Originally posted by Master Blaster View Post
    Thanks Geoff. I had a look at the table again last night. The balls sit just touching the lower edge of the nose so that's good. The pocket rubbers have been cut back the old way, not the new way. Would this account for balls pinging out? Sounds like the fitter who did our table is also set in his ways.

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  • Master Blaster
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    Originally posted by Geoff Large View Post
    The old way of undercut was to file away the rubber under the nose of the angle until it was almost a sharp angle

    the modern and now the correct way , and you can see this on match tables on TV is to leave a square face almost like the face of the cushion going right around the angle and into the back of the radius , they have been doing this for over 10 years now look back on youtube at some old footage of TV tables and you may find the period they changed it , I think it was the mid 1990s

    look at my two examples in the link below of a proper finished smooth undercut and a rough speed fitters attempt

    I think it is not that the nose is now square going into the angle and all the way to the rear , but the rough undercut that may be your problem ?

    having studied your shot of the ball on the video link , the ball is already bouncing before it is anywhere near the pocket so is off the bed as it hits the pocket therefore it will bounce up more into the air as it rebounds as the centre of the ball is way above the nose of the lower angle of the flat edge , making the ball lift rather than be seated to the bed on the rebound .
    place the ball against the cushion , the ball should be slightly under the nose , so imagine a centre line on the ball , it should be under the lower edge of the nose of the rubber .

    if a rubber is too high the ball tends to die a bit , if it is level or below level the ball tends to jump , there is a fine line where you get maximum bounce from the cushions before it begins to jump , I always buy wood blocks from peradon they are made to the exact height for rubber
    so no problems when fitting and shaping for rubber .

    some fitters insist on making their own blocks unless they make them correct there will be problems , if oversized blocks are fitted then it is a full strip down and fit new blocks or plane old blocks down to correct height and refasten back on , this may also result in another Re-rubber , I have come across this twice recently and I have told the fitter concerned that he would be better off using Peradon standard blocks when re-blocking and re-rubbering . rather than make his own , but he is set in his ways .

    http://gclbilliards.com/a-couple-of-...-rubber-angle/

    and also http://gclbilliards.com/plenty-of-re...april-and-may/
    Thanks Geoff. I had a look at the table again last night. The balls sit just touching the lower edge of the nose so that's good. The pocket rubbers have been cut back the old way, not the new way. Would this account for balls pinging out? Sounds like the fitter who did our table is also set in his ways.

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  • Geoff Large
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    The old way of undercut was to file away the rubber under the nose of the angle until it was almost a sharp angle

    the modern and now the correct way , and you can see this on match tables on TV is to leave a square face almost like the face of the cushion going right around the angle and into the back of the radius , they have been doing this for over 10 years now look back on youtube at some old footage of TV tables and you may find the period they changed it , I think it was the mid 1990s

    look at my two examples in the link below of a proper finished smooth undercut and a rough speed fitters attempt

    I think it is not that the nose is now square going into the angle and all the way to the rear , but the rough undercut that may be your problem ?

    having studied your shot of the ball on the video link , the ball is already bouncing before it is anywhere near the pocket so is off the bed as it hits the pocket therefore it will bounce up more into the air as it rebounds as the centre of the ball is way above the nose of the lower angle of the flat edge , making the ball lift rather than be seated to the bed on the rebound .
    place the ball against the cushion , the ball should be slightly under the nose , so imagine a centre line on the ball , it should be under the lower edge of the nose of the rubber .

    if a rubber is too high the ball tends to die a bit , if it is level or below level the ball tends to jump , there is a fine line where you get maximum bounce from the cushions before it begins to jump , I always buy wood blocks from peradon they are made to the exact height for rubber
    so no problems when fitting and shaping for rubber .

    some fitters insist on making their own blocks unless they make them correct there will be problems , if oversized blocks are fitted then it is a full strip down and fit new blocks or plane old blocks down to correct height and refasten back on , this may also result in another Re-rubber , I have come across this twice recently and I have told the fitter concerned that he would be better off using Peradon standard blocks when re-blocking and re-rubbering . rather than make his own , but he is set in his ways .

    http://gclbilliards.com/a-couple-of-...-rubber-angle/

    and also http://gclbilliards.com/plenty-of-re...april-and-may/

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  • DeanH
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    here is the World Snooker template diagram which the block templates at the events should follow when fitting the tables

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  • Master Blaster
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    Originally posted by DeanH View Post
    pocket profile is a minefield mate
    in the diagram set from WS/IBSF there is a diagram the shows the slate fall differences, and all it shows is four(?) different coloured lines - no key as to which colour is which organization and no dimensions
    I think WP make it up as they go along. Does anyone know the official minimum pocket gap on a Star table for WS events?

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  • DeanH
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    Rail/Cushion/Pocket Height Problems

    pocket profile is a minefield mate
    in the diagram set from WS/IBSF there is a diagram the shows the slate fall differences, and all it shows is four(?) different coloured lines - no key as to which colour is which organization and no dimensions

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  • Master Blaster
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    Now I remember it, when the table was done (new cloth/rubber) the teams wanted tighter pockets. The fitter didn't introduce new rails/blocks but left more rubber on going into the pockets to close the gap, so there is definitely less undercut than before the new rubber. If he's left it more square, that could be why the balls are pinging out. The rubber will be the wrong shape, there will be too much of it and too much energy is being returned = ping out. Holy crapola, that's the worst of both worlds! Honest, it's like trying to pot the black on a Star, worse in some ways.

    We had a table where you couldn't pot down the the two pink rails but that was because the black rail rubber was old and dead. This rubber is still lively.

    Yes mate, I've taken a pic on my phone so I'll carry the pic and a ruler to check the contact point and feel the knuckle shape at the apex with my hand. If the theory turns out to be true, we are ******. The only solution would be new rails, blocks and more rubber and it would be cheaper and better to buy another table I think.

    Cheers Sherlock!
    Last edited by Master Blaster; 18th March 2015, 10:22 PM.

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  • DeanH
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    Rail/Cushion/Pocket Height Problems

    could be the case
    check the height of the contact point as well
    let us know what you find

    we have one table where the top and bottom rail that bounce the ball on contact in place, I have been meaning to check the contact point height
    could be where people have sat on the rail and pushed the rubber lower ?
    Last edited by DeanH; 18th March 2015, 10:10 PM.

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  • Master Blaster
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    Originally posted by DeanH View Post
    my previous post shouldhave started "you may be..."
    the thing with the WS and ISBF pocket images etc is that often they don't have the full information; like for these images they should have above elevation diagram showing the placement of these profiles
    True, but I've seen fitters in action around pockets and one will use a stanley knife to cut the undercut after he's fixed the rubber on to the block. Obviously, if he left it square, snooker would be extremely difficult not just difficult because the pockets would be ultra tight and everything would bounce out anyway. So what you've explained makes logical sense to me. If I find a square face on the knuckle apex I will have found the answer I reckon.

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  • DeanH
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    Rail/Cushion/Pocket Height Problems

    my previous post should have started "you may be..."
    the thing with the WS and ISBF pocket images etc is that often they don't have the full information; like for these images they should have above elevation diagram showing the placement of these profiles
    Last edited by DeanH; 18th March 2015, 10:02 PM.

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  • Master Blaster
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    Originally posted by DeanH View Post
    you be right that the three are the progress into the pocket and the bottom one is the profile at the further point in the pocket where the rubber has stopped. not sure
    You be learnin' me with all your readin' an all!

    So the middle pic is the apex of the bumper? I guess if it was square the knuckle wouldn't take the ball in? On the match table in my post, the black ball won't go in to the bottom pocket unless plumb, not even at drop pace. So I'm now thinking, has the rubber around the knuckles been cut properly or left with too square a face (pic 1). I will have to check the shape under the cloth now as my next question.
    Last edited by Master Blaster; 18th March 2015, 09:54 PM.

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  • DeanH
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    Rail/Cushion/Pocket Height Problems

    you be right that the three are the progress into the pocket and the bottom one is the profile at the further point in the pocket where the rubber has stopped. not sure

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  • Master Blaster
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    Thanks bud. Is the bottom one the rubber cut into the pockets Dean? Or are these just 3 different cuts of rubber allowed by WS shown for example?

    I'm a bit confused because I thought they always use Hainsworth Northern Rubber?
    Last edited by Master Blaster; 18th March 2015, 09:13 PM.

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