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 Question by Budrinker Submitted on 5/11/2004 Related FAQ: Pool & Billiards Frequently Asked Questions Rating: Rate this question: N/A Worst Weak OK Good Great How does a bar table know to release the cue ball when scratched? What are the mechanics?

 Answer by JOHN Submitted on 6/9/2004 Rating: Rate this answer: N/A Worst Weak OK Good Great THE CUE BALL IS SMALLER THAN THE OTHER BALLS.SO THERE IS A HOLE THAT ONLY THE CUE BALL CAN DROP IN MAKING IT COME BACK.WHEN ALL THE BALLS ARE IN THE CUE BALL IS SITUATED ABOUT ABOUT ONE BALL FROM THE HOLE WICH MAKE IT STUCK

 Answer by some guy Submitted on 12/25/2004 Rating: Not yet rated Rate this answer: N/A Worst Weak OK Good Great the cue ball is smaller and 20% heavier then the rest of the balls, therefore the otherballs cannot fit in the hole desinged for only the cue ball

 Answer by jp Submitted on 1/25/2005 Rating: Not yet rated Rate this answer: N/A Worst Weak OK Good Great Older bar tables used cue balls that are larger than the other balls. The larger cue ball would by-pass the opening meant for the other balls. However, a larger cue ball changes the physics of the game (different cut angles, more momentum than object balls) so the new tables cue ball with a magnet in it. If you look closely at a magnetized cue ball you will see a round seam where the hole was drilled for the magnet.

 Answer by eric Submitted on 1/26/2005 Rating: Not yet rated Rate this answer: N/A Worst Weak OK Good Great or cue ball is larger

 Answer by eric Submitted on 1/26/2005 Rating: Not yet rated Rate this answer: N/A Worst Weak OK Good Great valley bar tables use a magnetic cue ball that is the same size as the object balls.

 Answer by deadstroke Submitted on 5/3/2005 Rating: Not yet rated Rate this answer: N/A Worst Weak OK Good Great Generally, cue balls are not smaller. They are Larger and weigh more then the other balls. This is how the table knows to return the cue ball on a scratch, this in turn completely changes the physics of the game and does not allow you to play the game of pool as it is intended. The overweight cue ball limits the control you have of the cue ball after pocketing an object ball. A semi-skilled player understands this and does not like playing on quarter machines.(although some players adapt very well and use it as an advantage)

 Answer by matt Submitted on 7/24/2006 Rating: Not yet rated Rate this answer: N/A Worst Weak OK Good Great In addition, some coin operated tables (normally at bars) use cue balls with a magnet inside and so there is a magnetic detector in the table that sorts the cue ball from the other balls that fall into the pocket.

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