It seems that almost all the posts Ive to the group have been equipment
related. While I dont want to give the impression that I blame the
equipment for my mediocre performance. (I am improving) I again have
several questions which one or more of you may be able to enlighten me.
Last year I purchased a new nine foot table from Dufferin. After a short
while I noticed that all the numbered
balls had deep scratches. It took several months to determine that the
source of the problem was the rivets which hold the pockets together. It
seems that the portion of the rivet which is peened, had been placed
facing the inside of the pocket rather than the reverse direction. Much to
their credit, Dufferin agreed to replace the pockets at no charge and to
provide a set of Aramith Super Pro Balls at 50% off retail. This should
have been the end of the story. Fortunately, I decided to check the new
pockets before commencing play.... the new pockets had the same fault
despite the fact that they were a different model number than the original
I solved the problem by putting double-sided high bond adhesive (3M) over
the offending rivets.
I know for a fact that Dufferin does not manufacture their own pockets I
was wondering if this problem is endemic throughout the industry, if so,
what would be the rational behind this rivet placement.
At the time the new pockets were installed, I decided to have the table
redone with Simonis 860. A very wise choice in my opinion. Overnight my
position play improved a 100%. Draw shots, which I previously practiced so
diligently, suddenly became very easy. I have noticed however that the
area around the centre pockets has a different hue than the rest of the
cloth. I suspect that this is due to over stretching. When I mentioned it
to the installer, he said that it would go away.... is this true, its been
there now for about three months.
Lastly, Ive noticed on several occasions while shooting that the cue ball
has taken a completely differ path to the object ball than the one Ive
aimed for. For example: Cue ball is four feet from object ball top right
english is used......cue ball misses object ball by more than one ball
diameter? Fortunately this doesnt happen often but when it does Im at a
loss for an explanation.
Kentville, Nova Scotia