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April: Different Sized Tables
April 2017

Q: Is bar table 8-ball tougher or easier than 8-ball on a nine-foot table? Iíve heard good players argue that the congestion on a bar table makes running out more difficult.

Michael Ryan, Boston, Mass.

A: I canít really answer that because there are several factors that make one part of the game tougher on different sized tables. However, position play and pattern play on a bar table is more challenging for several reasons. On both tables, the size of the pool balls and pockets are generally the same. However, on a seven-foot bar table, the amount of rail space on which to move the cue ball around is much less than on a nine-foot table. The playing field itself is also more cramped in general. On a nine-foot table, we tend to move our cue ball around more to allow us an opportunity to shoot object balls into the closest pockets. On a seven-foot table, we tend to move our cue ball a lot less and accept shooting an object ball the full length of the table, rather than risk getting our cue ball in a jam.