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Topic: Billiard Ball Final Loads
Message: Posted by: TreyP1T (Jul 23, 2020 02:29PM)
I picked up some billiard balls at a second hand shop a while ago, they fit perfectly in my Rings-n-Things Paul Fox cups, and I love the look of them. However I struggle with them "speaking" either when I load them into the cup or when I put the loaded cup on the table. I'm looking for some solutions to this. It's already been suggested I look into Paul Gertner's work, and I intend to, but in the interest of a "no stone left un-turned" approach I was wondering if anyone new of someone manufacturing full size rubber billiard balls? I've done some looking but so far not found any.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jul 31, 2020 09:55PM)
I do a chop cup routine with three billiard balls as the final loads. No talking.
Message: Posted by: Chuck Finley (Aug 18, 2020 08:11AM)
When loading something like this it is because the ball strikes suddenly against the cup; obviously. Try holding the ball in a way that you can almost spin it slightly as you load it by using your fingertips. This will create less blunt force in one spot and cause the ball to talk less. I wish I could give you more specifics but it just a "knack" thing really. I can say this though if you are doing it even closely to correct you will almost be dragging your fingers across the lip of the cup and the ball will rotate slightly over your fingertips. The ball will only roll while in contact with your finger tips and only a tiny bit at that.
Message: Posted by: TreyP1T (Aug 18, 2020 04:06PM)
Thanks for the advice Chuck, I'll give that some practice and see what I can do with it.
Message: Posted by: Chuck Finley (Aug 19, 2020 09:14AM)
You are very much welcome.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Aug 29, 2020 12:32PM)
There are some other techniques for this. They do require a lot of practice and/or misdirection.

However, this area is not the place to reveal secrets. When you have 50 posts, "The Secret Sessions" will become available to you.

Or you can send me an e-mail.
Message: Posted by: Josh Riel (Sep 10, 2020 05:20PM)
It is fun, for me at least to try to make odd/new things work.

I suggest that you keep looking for the magician that has already solved the problem, and in the meantime try to solve it yourself.

Then maybe when you get into the secret sessions you'll have a method that hasn't been published.

My addition to the conversation is this: sound is relative.
Message: Posted by: Dsquared (Nov 8, 2020 11:49PM)
Billiard balls are what I have been considering also. I am very new, so I will just be watching.
Message: Posted by: BlushingCrow (Nov 12, 2020 03:42AM)
I'm half wondering if pool balls might be easier to m*nipul*te than billiard balls..
Message: Posted by: gregg webb (Jan 28, 2021 10:25PM)
I have seen foam billiard balls at the Dollar Store, in fact got some. They are smaller than real B.balls. I sometimes use them as loads for the cups. There are full size baseballs and tennis balls in foam also at the Dollar Store (Dollar Tree).