Among all the balls we carry along with our billiard accessories, the most distinctive ball is the cue ball, not only because of its white color but sometimes also due to its size.
Yeah, if you ever wondered while holding a cue ball in your hand that its size is little different from other balls, then your instincts were right.
So, now the question is, Is the cue smaller or bigger than the rest of the balls?
If yes, then why.
Or, if both types of balls are of the same size? Curious to learn more?
Giddy up, because in this article, we are going to discuss everything regarding the size of cue ball and other balls.
We’ll also shed some light on snooker and pool balls, and if the cue balls used in snooker and pool are the same or not.
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In general, pool balls and other billiards balls are of the same size.
Now, I don’t want to make things complex for you. There could be many reasons why you found your cue ball bigger or smaller than other balls.
And that’s why you might have felt that one of the two types of balls was smaller than the other.
On a coin operated table, the size of the cue ball is normally bigger than the other balls due to its mechanism.
Lets learn about them:
When the cue ball is of the same size in other instances then why is the cue ball slightly bigger than the other balls on a coin operated table? As said earlier, due to its mechanism.
Let me explain to you.
If you have played both snooker and pool, you might have questioned yourself is the cue ball smaller in snooker?
Snooker cue ball and other balls are normally 4.5mm smaller than the pool balls.
Cue balls in snooker and pool can be of different sizes, that’s because of the size of their other companions.
While in terms of weight, the most notable difference in Pool vs snooker cue ball is that pool cue ball and other balls have a standard size while snooker balls don’t have any.
So now you know that white balls are heavier in the pool than snooker.
What difference would you notice in playing with a larger cue ball?
If you know a little bit of physics, you know what happens when an object with greater mass hits the one with smaller mass?
The same is the case here.
So that brings us to another question,
Are there any Pros and cons of a smaller cue ball?
There are no pros of playing with a smaller ball but only cons.
Note: If one of the two types start wearing, replace them with the new one and make sure the new ones are of the same size.
So in this article, we discussed a common issue among billiard players who are confused by the sizes of the cue balls. And if it makes any difference to their gameplay or not.
So if we conclude things, yes, cue ball size and weight can vary with the passage of time but it’s your responsibility to ensure that your all balls are of the same size, be it snooker or pool.
Since, now you have learnt all about the standard sizes and weights of snooker and pool balls, it’d be easier for you to make your next purchases.