On Fri, 18 Feb 2000 14:01:25 GMT, "Kirk Douglass"
::Diamond doesn't use "traditional" pocket shims because they tend to make the
::pocket end of the rail *** play fake. Diamond offers a "One-pocket " cut
::table that is approximately 4-1/4" and after playing a 12+ hour session of
::one-pocket on one of these in Louisville, it's my favorite table on earth!
::Where the absence of shims is really noticed is when banking balls cross
::corner that are dangerously close to the pocket. I wouldn't consider
::shooting these shots on a "shimmed" table because the hardness of the shim
::will not let the ball bank true. Also, when firing a ball down the rail it
::doesn't tend to "jaw" balls up like a shimmed rail would.
::As for protection for the wood at the rail ends, I know that Mark Masden
::(IMO, the best Diamond mechanic on earth) uses a thin piece of inner-tube
::type of *** to cap the rail *** and protect the wood. Maybe Tom can
::give us some insight on whether or not Ed Hagan also uses this practice.
Were the tables in the Action Room cut this way? I didn't
play on them, but they sure looked tight. Of course, nobody
was drilling balls into them, playing one-pocket.
Again, Ed told me Diamond does not use facings. That's about
all I know. Give him a call. He was thrilled that somebody