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  • Bank Shot Technique

    Bank shot illustration

    Bank shots are both impressive to watch and also an integral part of any good pool player’s arsenal. In fact, they are critical to the game because sometimes there are no other shots available. To master them takes patience, practice and a basic understanding of physics and geometry.

    When considering bank shots in general, the simplest approach is to think of equal angles. With medium force applied, a target ball shot at one angle should in theory rebound off of the side cushion at an equal force and angle. This is but one of the many systems of bank shots. These systems of shot play could also be considered theories because of the many outside factors that influence them, but with practical application those theories time and time again prove to be realistic foundations for practice.

    Outside Influences on Bank Shots:

    • Speed of the stroke.
    • Application of side-spin (English)
    • Speed of the pool table (IE: cloth material and rebound of side cushions)

    While there are a multitude of systems and theories for banking shots, below is a breakdown of two of the most basic forms:

    Technique / System Types

    Mirror SystemsThis is probably the simplest of the techniques used to master bank shots. In essence it is a visualization method used to make the bank shot using input output reasoning. Mirroring can also be broken out into two subsections:

    o Equal Angle (angle in equals angle out) – As discussed above, this system operates on the theory of equal force and equal angles to produce an expected result. For example, in this visualization the focus should be on the diamonds running down the side and end rails of the pool table. These diamonds exist for techniques such as this. For this system imagine the cue ball near the rail but two diamonds to the left of the side pocket nearest the player. The target ball is in the center of the table and slightly to the right of the cue ball. To bank the shot back into the side pocket nearest the player, the target ball should be struck to hit the side rail one diamond to the left of the side pocket opposite the player. The result should be a mirrored angle where the target ball rebounds from the rail back into the pocket near the player.

    o Ghosting – In this system, a ghost table is imagined parallel to the real pool table with side rails overlapping and pockets set within pockets. This system is the same as the equal angle system only instead of using the diamonds the player visualizes shooting the target ball into pockets of the ghost table. The same results should apply to a similar shot layout as mentioned above.

    X System - This method is more advanced than the mirroring system, but tends to be more accurate overall. In this system, considering a similar setup with the cue ball and target ball in the explanation above, imaginary lines are used to find the exact placement of where the target ball needs to hit the opposite rail. Here are the steps:

    1. Use the cue stick to find the trajectory from the center of the target ball straight into the side pocket on the opposite side of the table (the pocket opposite from the desired destination).
    2. Imagine a straight line from the target ball to the side cushion across the table.
    3. From the identified point on the side cushion imagine a straight line back into the center of the destination pocket. (Where this line crosses the cue stick is the “X”)
    4. From the “X” imagine a straight line into the side cushion across the table. (This is the exact location there the target ball needs to strike the opposite cushion in order to land in the destination pocket.)

  • How do I level a shuffleboard table?

    Start by leveling the cabinet, then use climatic adjusters to adjust the play surface.  A typical shuffleboard has between four to six climatic adjusters fastened underneath, and these can be adjusted by tightening the nuts on the bottom.  The methods are slightly different depending on whether the table is concave (table is positioned slightly upward, like an arch or convex (table dips slightly downward, like a valley).

    For a concave table, if the dip in the middle is too severe, the distance between the climatic adjusters needs to be decreased, making the table more level.  Loosen the two bolts in between the climatic adjusters, then very slowly (a couple turns for each nut) turn the outer two bolts in a clockwise motion.  After a couple of days, check the board and repeat the adjustment if necessary.

    For a convex table, the process is similar but the instructions are opposite.  Loosen the two bolts on the outside of the adjusters, then slowly tighten the inner bolts, pushing the climate adjusters farther apart.  As with concave, make sure to adjust very slowly (only a couple turns per bolt) and test the board after a couple days and repeat if necessary.

  • Legacy How-to: Shuffleboard Maintenance

    Transcription:
    Hello. This is Cris Gould from Legacy Billiards.
    One of the most exciting product categories we've introduced have been shuffleboard tables. We offer several sizes from 9 foot to 16 foot. One of the important things i want to talk about is how to maintain and properly put shuffleboard wax on the play surface.
    Often this is misunderstood by many people, so we're going to demonstrate how this procedure works. Legacy offers two different products that will be needed to use. One is our Black Ice Shuffleboard wax and the other is a product called Black Ice Silicone Spray.

  • Shuffleboard Adjustments

    Transcription:
    The next things that i want to talk about that are important to a new purchase of a shuffleboard are three basic adjustments that have to be done for the leveling and the playability of the board.
    One obviously is through the legs, making sure that the board is flat from side to side and through the ends.
    If it's not flat, obviously the puck would slide off to one side.
    Another important adjustment is what's called sway. Because the shuffleboards use leg levelers we're able to raise the ends of the board and create a sway for the play field.
    This is what controls the puck's speed. Obviously, if it did not have this feature and the play field were to arch, the pucks would simply slide off the end, and you couldn't play it accurately.
    The third adjustment is the climate adjusters that are underneath the play field.
    That's a set of hardware put in specific places along the playing field that actually apply pressure to the wood and curve the board.
    This curving of the playing field allows the puck to remain on the play field and actually puts a small curve at the end right over the scoring zone.
    This is the proper way that a shuffle board should be adjusted for tournament play.

  • Billiard Table Cloth Maintenance

    Transcription:
    A common question when purchasing a Billiard Table is how long will the cloth last.
    Since the cloth is not covered by the warranty of the billiard table because it's wear is determined by the person that uses it as well as what it would it be subjected to in the home. There are two different things you can do to promote the life and longevity of your cloth.
    One is proper brushing. Never use a vacuum on your cloth.
    Vacuuming will pull dust particles from the slate through the cloth putting pin holes in it and quickly wear down the life of that cloth.
    When you use a brush the brush has a cut-out with longer bristles on the end.
    When you press down on the brush those long bristles will go under the rail and you simply brush the cloth straight from one end of the table to the other.
    One direction all the time. This is the best way to keep the cloth clean and will promote the life of your clock doing that

  • How to Score A Game of Tabletop Shuffleboard

    A shuffleboard is a great addition to a home game room and you can play teams so everyone can get in on the fun.

    Tabletop games consist of a series of frames, oftentimes in a best-of-three or best-of-five format. The length of each part of the series will depend on if you are playing singles or doubles.

    Here is a quick tutorial on keeping score in a game of shuffleboard:

    The scoring area is divided in to three sections:
    · Closest to the edge (3 points)
    · Short Middle section (2 points)
    · Long Middle section (1 point)

    A puck hanging over the edge of the table is worth 4 points.

    After all the pucks have been shot by taking alternating turns, the points are added up. First check to see which player/team has a puck closest to the edge. Points are awarded for each puck that has gone farther than the opponents best shot. For example, if a blue puck is closest to the edge and sitting in the three-point section and a red puck is in the two-point section, the blue player will earn three points for the round and the red player will earn none.

    In a singles match, the first player to earn 11 points wins the frame. A doubles team must earn 21 points to win the frame.

    For more information on How to Score a Game of Shuffleboard, check out our video how-to:

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PwI6JRugkQ

  • How to Maintain Your Shuffleboard

    Shuffleboard tables are one of the most exciting product categories we’ve introduced to our game room furniture line. We offer quality-built shuffleboards in several sizes from 9-foot to 16-foot.

    When purchasing a shuffleboard table it’s important to take proper maintenance and care into consideration. If you want to get the most from your shuffleboard table, you’ll need to regularly apply shuffleboard wax on the play surface.

    Legacy offers two different products that will maximize playability and extend the life of your shuffleboard table: Legacy’s Black Ice Shuffleboard Wax and Black Ice Silicone Spray.

    Often the process of applying wax to the table is misunderstood, but it’s actually a very simple procedure that takes only a few minutes if done properly. First spray Legacy’s Black Ice Silicone Spray to the table surface and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, apply the wax to the table.

    Check out our shuffleboard maintenance video guide for a demonstration on how to apply silicone spray and wax to your shuffleboard.

  • How to Cover a Pool Table

    Another feature that will extend the life of your billiard cloth is using a proper fitted cover and always keeping your table covered when not in use. Not using the cover will allow sunlight to tear down the fiber of the cloth over time. Keeping a fitted cover on the cloth will help prolong the life of your billiard cloth by blocking light from damaging the surface.
    In order to get the right fit from your pool table cover, you’ll first need to measure the dimensions of your table. Dimensions listed in advertisements are usually for the play surface and not for the exterior parts of the table. Keep this in mind when measuring for a billiard table cover.
    When selecting a pool table cover, keep in mind your measurements and, if you’re table is in a game room, pick one that will go along with the room’s décor.
    Legacy offers table covers in both fitted and drape options that fit seven, eight and nine-foot table sizes. For more information on billiard table covers, check out our video buyer’s guide.
  • How to Make Shuffleboard Adjustments

    shuffleboard adjustmentsWhen you've got a new shuffleboard, there are three important adjustments you'll need to make to your table to ensure optimal playing and accuracy for tournament play.

    1. Check the legs: Make sure they're level and even to avoid your puck sliding to one side.
    2. Sway: This helps control the pucks speed. You'll want to raise up the end of the table just a little bit. This keeps the pucks from coming off the end of the table for more accurate play.
    3. Climate: The hardware under the table keeps the playing surface at the right curve to keep your puck in the playing area.
    You can hear more about these adjustments explained by Cris Gould in this Legacy Video.

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