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    Hi everyone

    in the tournaments, when the referee sets up the table before each game, are the reds positioned/centred using the referees judgment or is there some technology involved to make sure they are not off centre?
    thanks
    Ollie

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    The triangle usually has a marker which shows the pink's position. Thus, positioning the reds automatically inside the triangle. Without such a triangle, it's upto the referee's judgement to spot the pink as close to the reds as possible avoiding a touching ball with the top most red.
    Last edited by fkhan; 4th June 2020, 08:05 AM.
    Can't wait for this pandemic to end so we all can start playing again.

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    • #3
      Thanks, it was more the back of the pack I was wondering about. I.e. if the ref can unintentionally pivot the triangle about that top red.
      cheers
      Ollie

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      • #4
        If the pink and the top most red are in a straight line with the pink and black spots it is fine. Just wondering, how do you like your NHS Exquisite cue? Tried it yet?
        Last edited by fkhan; 4th June 2020, 08:42 AM.
        Can't wait for this pandemic to end so we all can start playing again.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by snooker_bhoy View Post
          Thanks, it was more the back of the pack I was wondering about. I.e. if the ref can unintentionally pivot the triangle about that top red.
          cheers
          Ollie
          To illustrate here is a photo that shows the indicator clearly.
          As you probably have seen the referee pushes the triangle into the cushion to ensure the reds will be parallel with it when in place.
          The indicator is also used to align with the Black spot to line up with the middle of the table.
          To hep not pivot the pack as you move the pack from the cushion into position, the triangle has rollers underneath, or at least some do, to help withplacement.
          FYI the triagle you see the refs use is their own equipment, not issued by WST or WPBSA.

          Up the TSF!

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          • #6
            Hmm, interesting, thanks guys...

            Hi FK,
            The cue is very nice indeed, contrasts nicely with my ash pool cue. I haven’t had a chance to hit with it yet. I sometimes play in Hurricanes in Kings Cross, but need to find something closer to Rotherhithe/Peckham. Might see if the Peckham Liberal Club still has tables...

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            • #7
              Good luck.
              Can't wait for this pandemic to end so we all can start playing again.

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              • #8
                Yep, not easy to find somewhere anymore

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DeanH View Post

                  To illustrate here is a photo that shows the indicator clearly.
                  As you probably have seen the referee pushes the triangle into the cushion to ensure the reds will be parallel with it when in place.
                  The indicator is also used to align with the Black spot to line up with the middle of the table.
                  To hep not pivot the pack as you move the pack from the cushion into position, the triangle has rollers underneath, or at least some do, to help withplacement.
                  FYI the triagle you see the refs use is their own equipment, not issued by WST or WPBSA.

                  Thanks Dean

                  So really the ref should be checking that the centre red in the 5th row is in line with the blue and black spots. I doubt those rollers when used are 100% indivertible. You would think those triangles should be a standard supplied by the tournament.

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                  • #10
                    correct, the tool is there but the ref must ensure the alignment is right before lifting the triangle

                    As referees have worked their way up from the lower and local tournaments, and often do personal jobs at non-official events to earn a few shekels, the triangle is a must have in their personal kit list
                    Last edited by DeanH; 5th June 2020, 08:28 AM.
                    Up the TSF!

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                    • #11
                      Once the triangle is placed over the reds it will be adjusted so that the pointer will be at the centre of the back spot, and the back of the 'triangle' is flush with the top cushion. It should then just be a matter of gently rolling the triangle forward until the pointer points to the pink spot. Assuming the spots are properly marked then that should mean that the back of the reds is also parallel to the top cushion.

                      Sometimes I've found that the pointer is out of alignment with the pink spot, but a further attempt usually does the job!
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DeanH View Post

                        FYI the triagle you see the refs use is their own equipment, not issued by WST or WPBSA.
                        I actually find it very odd that the ref needs to bring his own triangle, why is that not part of the table/rest/extensions and other attributes set?

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                        • #13
                          I agree 100% Delphi

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                          • #14
                            I don’t know why they just don’t make the triangle with an extension down to the black spot. Like a Christmas tree!

                            Then the triangle wouldn’t need rollers or a check to see if the balls are in line. If the triangle is aligned to the pink and black spots, that’s as good as it can get
                            Last edited by snooker_bhoy; 5th June 2020, 08:54 AM.

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                            • #15
                              I know that Star, certainly at one point, provided a drawer under their tables which contained a fairly awful 'square triangle'. Horrible things to use that were nowhere near as good as the ones you see the top refs using.
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