Snooker vs Pool – What’s the game for you?

What’s the difference between a snooker table and a pool table, a snooker cue and pool cue or snooker balls and pool balls?  This post looks the details and accessories of these two hugely popular games, its Snooker vs Pool.

Most people are aware of the basic rules of each game but check out this beginners guide to snooker and a handy guide to racking up pool balls  for some helpful tips.


Snooker table vs pool table

snooker table

So obviously both games are played on tables with pockets to pot balls into but whats the difference?

Well for starters there’s table size.  A standard snooker table is around 12 foot while you can get pool tables like the one pictured left measuring 6, 7 and 8 foot. With a snooker table there is obviously a lot more longer and difficult shots to take on.

What about pockets?  Well on a pool table, the pockets are bigger with the corner pockets being smaller than the side pockets.  Then with a snooker table the pockets are considerably smaller than a pool table but are all the same size.

A lot of people ask themselves should I buy my own pool table? This means you can play whenever you want with friends and family and also get pretty damn good!


Snooker cues vs pool cues

snooker vs pool cue

There are a few differences between snooker and pool cues although some players use both in both games.

Pool cues usually have maple shafts, are 1 or 2 piece and measure between 57″ – 58″in length.  Snooker cues can be 1, 2, 3 or even 4 piece and measure between 57″ and 63″ with ash shafts.

Pool cues have an ivorine ferrule with bigger tips 11mm-14mm (like the cue pictured right).  Snooker cues have smaller tips usually 9 mm – 11mm and come with a brass ferrule.


Snooker balls vs pool balls

snooker balls

So pool balls are usually 2″ – 2 1/4″ standard size. They come in a set of 16 comprising 14 coloured balls (can also be numbered stripes and solids) white cue ball and the no 8 black ball.

Usually all the balls are used but you can also play 7 and 9 ball games.

If you have your own pool table its a good idea to invest in a good set of pool balls as it improves game play.

In snooker, there are 22 balls comprising 15 reds, the white and the colours (yellow, green, brown, blue, pink and black).  All the balls are usually 2 1/16″ as standard.

Again, as snooker tables can be be expensive it’s a really good idea to buy a decent set of snooker balls as they will enhance game play and there will be less wear and tear on the table.


So Snooker vs Pool, which game should I play?

Well, why not consider playing both?

Snooker and pool are both amazing games to play and you can see why they are so popular around the world.

Games of Snooker are a lot longer than your average game of pool.  While Snooker involves longer shots and more tactical play, pool is just so much fun and there are some ridiculously skillful players out there.

Hopefully this article has inspired you to try at least one or the other (or both!).  Who knows maybe you will find yourself getting a pool or snooker table.


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