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Whether you’re new or experienced in pool games, you will have to get used to the term racking.
And although most players don’t give much importance to it, its usefulness should never be overlooked.
Why? A rack literally controls the quality of the game.
A well-structured and stable one equals to a top-notch game.
Anything below standard can easily bring suffering to the break and the result is a shoddy game.
Who would want that?
Definitely not you!
Today we take you through some basic pool table setting tips and regulations, to give you a glimpse of what to expect.
Sounds like something you want to learn? Read on!
Games are led by rules and racking pool games aren’t any different.
Players are expected to follow several regulations.
Only that this time, the rules mainly depend on the number of balls included in the game.
And although we will be discussing some more about the 9-ball, 8-ball, snooker, straight and cutthroat rack pool games down below, let’s first jumpstart your brain with some basic racking ball rules.
And they include:
Now that you understand the basic rules, let’s now get specific;
Among the Billiard Pool games, the 8-Ball pool is the most popular among pool game lovers.
Most people can relate to it or can readily confess to knowing someone who plays it.
Unlike many people’s expectations, though its name is 8-Ball, this amazing pool game doesn’t use 8 objects.
On the contrary, it utilizes 15 of them.
So where does the number “8” in the name of this game come from?
According to experts, the number stands for the ultimate focus of the game and that’s for a player to pocket the ball number 8.
Now that you understand this, let’s head straight to the racking.
Unlike the 8-Ball, the 9-Ball game, like its name suggests, is played using 9 ball objects.
Here the balls are numbered and named 1-9, ready for use by the players.
Players in this game, play with the main focus of pocketing ball named 9.
The rack of this game is not the popular triangle-shaped but rather diamond-shaped, due to the number of balls involved.
And because of this, some players might find it difficult to adjust to this game, especially those used to the triangular rack.
Also, some playing areas might not have the 9-Ball diamond rack, and you will have to work with the triangular one. Here’s how;
Note; if you’re working with the triangular rack, ensure the balls are close-knit.
Best done using both your hands to squeeze them in, as much as necessary.
This will help you achieve a replica diamond formation.
The nature of the straight pool game requires players to continually rack throughout the game.
This makes it one of the most demanding pool game.
Players should be fast and master the art of consistency.
The gameplay consists of a cue ball together with 15 numbered balls.
Here pocketing a single ball equals a single point.
When players hit the 14 balls pocketing mark, then re-rack the balls and continue playing.
Here’s how to rack;
If you haven’t racked Snooker, then you’re yet to taste what complexity is in the Billiard games.
Most players agree to it being the most complex.
You will have to adhere to strict guidelines, such that if you mess at any point, you will have to start all over again.
The racking of the snooker is precisely labeled to contain exact spots for every ball.
And the placement has to be done with thoughtfulness.
This’s how to go about it:
Feeling confused? The video below should help you have a feel. It’s much simpler done than reading!
Setting up for Cutthroat as similar to that of the 8-Ball game.
You, however, have to work with a few changes, which shouldn’t be difficult to achieve.
Here’s how to go about it;
Your rack is now ready and it’s time to showcase your skills!
By now, it should be clear that the tightly close the balls are, the better the pool game.
After all, breaking shouldn’t come easy and the breaking player should have the right to proudly exhibit their unique skills.
This’s essential in both diamond and triangular-shaped racks.
Begin by perfectly positioning the Apex ball on the rack. Then randomly arrange the other remaining balls around it, such that the 9-ball takes the middle position.
Push the rack forward using your hands, while at the same time applying pressure downwards.
Let the balls create friction amongst themselves and secure themselves into pace, by trying to spin the outer balls towards the center.
For tight fits, rotate the balls or change the patterns, until receiving satisfactory results.’
Slide your thumb into the rack’s bottom, with all balls arranged, to force them closer to each other.
For gaps; move the balls around, in the rack, rotate them as much as you can, until you find a perfect fit.
This is one of the simplest ways of achieving a perfect, tight rack. It beats both the standard triangle and diamond racks.
All you need is to place your order for a Magic Ball Rack. It’s made out of a thin paper plastic, which makes it easy for you to arrange the balls, and tightly, while at it.
The make of the rack pushes the balls into a super-tight position. And although the material is light, it doesn’t interfere with the breaking.
So it’s a win-win situation.
Have it placed on the playing table, carefully rack the balls before proceeding to break.
If you have a little cash to spare and dread complicated pool setting situations, you can as well invest in a magic rack.
The common variations are the Diamond (9-ball) and the triangle (8-ball).
The Triangle racks contain inner measurements of 11.25″ /28.81 by 10″ /25.51.
While the diamond ones 6.75″ /17.15 by 10″/25.51 cm
Players break the rack at the beginning of the game.
This depends on the rules you’re applying in the game;
In 8-ball, you can either re-spot it, for the new position to be accepted or make a new break.
You don’t automatically win or lose.
A tight rack is the true definition of an enjoyable and perfectly challenging Billiard game.
If your rack is loose, it can easily spoil the seriousness of the game and you risk losing its main focus.
Therefore, you need to take time learning how to rack perfectly in readiness for the upcoming game.
Your teammates will truly appreciate your skillfulness.
Also, don’t forget to invest in quality equipment.
Now, that you know what you need and how to do it, it’s time to practice! Let’s know how it goes.