Snooker is a world famous sport is often regarded as a royal sport. The sport traces its roots back to India during the British colonial rule before spreading to other corners of the globe. Sir Neville Chamberlain in 1884 drew up the game’s laws after one of his challengers failed to pocket the snooker ball. For starters, the snooker table should be placed at the center of a spacious room with enough lighting just above the table, to ensure players receive maximum points using minimum attempts. Also, the playing environment ought to be far away from outside noises and disturbances to enable the players to concentrate on optimal performance. Since snooker is a cue sport, the gear used should meet the standards set by the International Olympic Committee.  Read on to familiarize with the essential gear required to play snooker.

1. Snooker Table

The table comprises of six pockets on each of the four corners and two pockets in the middle of the longer sides. Usually, the playing surface is covered by a green cloth with the table’s dimension standing at 11 feet 8.5 inches by 5 feet 10 inches, with the smaller table’s dimension standing at 10 feet by 5 feet. The six pockets usually measure 86mm in size which varies depending on difficulty level.

Snooker Table
Snooker Table

2. Snooker Cues

Snookers cues are a vital component in snooker. An ideal cue measures approximately 1.5m in length and weigh between 16 and 21 ounces. Most professionals prefer a cue weighing 19 ounces. The tips of cue sticks usually are tapered, with the rods often made from wood with others covered with carbon fiber or fiberglass.

3. Snooker Ball

Snooker entails the use of 21 balls which include; 15 red balls, six balls of different colors (pink, black, yellow, green, blue, brown) and a white cue ball. Each ball measures 52.5mm in diameter but earns different points depending on the ball color. The green, yellow, brown, pink, blue, and black balls carry two, three, four, five, six and seven points respectively. Snooker balls don’t have a standardized weight but weigh equally.

4. Snooker Triangle

To succeed in snooker, a player must hone his accuracy, control, and uniformity. The snooker triangle ensures the 15 red balls are precisely placed behind the pink ball without any tilt, thereby, providing players with a high degree of uniformity.

5. Snooker Cue Tip

Usually varying in diameter ranging (between 9-10mm) the tip is made of leather, different curvature and varying degrees of hardness. Tips with smaller radius aid in cueing the ball to spin with ease.  Tips made from leather require extra care owing to the fact that leather tends to toughen after many shots. Tip hardness ranges from very soft to very hard and is used as a basis to grade the cues. The more delicate tips don’t guarantee consistency but grip well with chalk, whereas harder tips provide better control and uniformity. All of these pieces of gear will set you up to play snooker!