What are billiard balls made of? What do the numbers mean on them? Why are some shaded a strong shading, yet some have a stripe? Why are some greater than others? How does a prompt ball know where to go on a coin worked pool table? Astounding what number of inquiries you can concoct with respect to a basic billiard ball?


So how about we begin off with the historical backdrop of the billiard ball. The billiard ball goes again into the mid fifteenth Century anyway it obscure precisely when the billiard table and billiard balls were really designed. There are reports back as right on time as mid to late 1400's of King Louis XI owning the primary billiard table. The Duke of Norfolk is likewise said to have possessed a billiard table alongside the principal documentation of owning billiard balls.

The most punctual balls were made of wood. As the years went on various materials were being utilized to make them. Mud was famous, yet an exceedingly looked for after material in the nineteenth Century was ivory. Elephants were being butchered at a disturbing rate because of the appeal for their ivory. One tusk could yield 8. The billiard business acknowledged however that the elephants were getting to be imperiled so they thought of a test for designers to accompany another material for them rather than ivory. John Wesley Hyatt developed an arrangement material in 1869 called nitrocellulose.(US patent 50359) However, this was not the primary counterfeit substance created. In 1867 Sorel concrete was promoted as "counterfeit ivory".

By 1870 Celluloid was marked the primary mechanical plastic. Lamentably the idea of the celluloid made it unstable amid generation. Once in a while it is said that these balls would detonate. Gossip has it one cantina proprietor in Colorado composed a letter to John Hyatt saying that he wouldn't fret the intermittent detonating one yet the way that each benefactor hauled out their weapons when they detonated.

Thusly since the detonating ball appeared to be a slight issue, so the business thought of various materials. Today they are made principally of phenolic pitch. Clear acrylic is likewise utilized.


Pool balls come in a wide range of sizes.

American Style Pool-57.15mm (2 1/4")

American Style Pool-(coin worked table) (2 3/8")

English Style Pool-56mm (2 3/16")

Snooker-52.5mm (2 1/15")

Carom-61.5mm (2 7/16")

Russian Pool/Kaisa-68mm (2 11/16")

Tyke's Pool-51mm (2")


They likewise come in various hues. A few sets they are numbered where others are definitely not. They were initially numbered so "focuses" diversions could be played. Recreations, for example, 9-ball and 8-ball use the numbering framework. The numbers on them goes again into the mid 1900's.

American Style Pool utilizes 15 numbered balls and are shaded as recorded beneath:







Dark colored or Burgundy


Yellow stripe

Blue stripe

Red stripe

Purple stripe

Orange stripe

Green stripe

Dark colored or Burgundy stripe

They are at times alluded to "highs or lows" contingent upon their assigned number. They are likewise alluded to as either "stripes or solids".

Snooker utilizes 22 balls altogether. 15 are strong plain and shaded red, there are likewise six hued ones and a white signal ball. They are numbered and hued as recorded underneath

There is no ball with the #1 assignment.



Dark colored






White signal (utilized for player 1)

White or yellow signal with a spot (utilized for player 2)


In the course of recent years a wide assortment of curiosity balls have gone onto the market. You would now be able to buy billiard balls with your most loved games group logo, toon characters, motion picture stars and so on them. There are likewise sparkle oblivious balls, marble balls, useful joke balls (never move straight), weighted balls and notwithstanding playing card balls!

Attractive and Oversized Cue Balls

Ever think about how does a signal ball profit to the player for a coin worked table? Why it simply doesn't run with whatever remains of the balls? Well there are two unique reasons; either it's a larger than usual signal ball or it is an attractive prompt ball. A larger than usual ball is only that, curiously large somewhat. At the point when the ball drops down into the pocket, there are two tracks that the ball can go down, the curiously large ball can't go down the track proposed for the littler balls. An attractive signal ball works by setting off an attractive finder.